COLUMBUS, Ohio – Shooting their best performance of the season, and featuring five players in double digits, the Ohio Dominican men's basketball team posted an 88-77 victory over visiting Notre Dame (Ohio) in Alumni Hall on Wednesday evening.
The Panthers (5-22) went 62.5 percent from the field on 30-of-48 including an impressive 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from behind the three-point line.
ODU jumped to an early 6-3 lead, but the Falcons responded, going on a 6-2 run to take the lead, 9-8 at the 15:12 mark.
The Panthers played catch-up for most the half, reaching within one, 21-20 when sophomore Brock Ammons (Findlay, Ohio) hit a deep three from senior Morgan Jones (Oberlin, Ohio). However, the Falcons (10-15) extended their lead by seven, 32-25 at the 5:57 mark.
The Black and Gold would not be deterred, going on a 11-5 run to reach within one of the Falcons, 37-36 heading into halftime.
The Panthers took the lead at 39-37 in the opening minutes of the second half after senior John Trew (Barberton, Ohio) hit a three-pointer from Jones from the top of the arc. Trew scored all 11 of his points in the four minutes of the frame.
Notre Dame knotted the score at 39-39 after Eric Dummermuth made a layup with help from Tyree Gaiter.
From there, it was all Panther basketball, going on a 28-11 run, which gave them their largest lead of the game at 67-50 with 9:20 left to play in the frame.
The Falcons inched their way back, cutting the deficit to 10, 84-74 with 35 ticks left on the game clock. Forced to foul, Notre Dame sent the Panthers to line, where sophomore Jesse Ward (North Pole, Ala.) and freshman Trent Weaver (Columbus, Ohio) converted five of their six shots.
Leading the five players in double digits was freshman Mark Minch (West Chester, Ohio), who scored 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 6-of-8 from the charity stripe. Weaver posted his fifth double-double of the season, scoring 12 points and pulling down 13 rebounds to go along with a career-high three blocks. Trew, freshman Chad Nelson (Columbus, Ohio) and freshman Jordan Cowgill (Worthington, Ohio) each had 11 points apiece.
The Panthers conclude their season this Saturday, March 2 as they welcome Tiffin to Alumni Hall for Senior Day. The Panthers and Dragons will tip-off at 1 p.m.
Interview with Artie Taylor
Post game interview with men's basketball coach Artie Taylor
Interview with Trent Weaver
Post game interview with freshman Trent Weaver
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