Thrilling Finish Leads Evans and Panthers to First Win of Season

Thrilling Finish Leads Evans and Panthers to First Win of Season

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four players scored in double figures, giving first year head coach Dan Evans and the Panthers an opening night win after a thrilling 93-91 overtime win against Urbana in Alumni Hall.

Sophomore Mark Minch (West Chester, Ohio) posted a career high 31 points for ODU (1-0) to go along with his 10 rebounds, for his first career double-double. Fellow sophomore Trent Weaver (Hilliard, Ohio) added a career best 23 points while adding 14 rebounds to go along with his three blocks.

Sophomore Chad Nelson (Columbus, Ohio) chipped in 11 points and five assists while senior Brandon Carr (Chicago Ill.) added 14, including the three-point play that forced the game into overtime.

Urbana (0-2) was paced by Casey Baker who led the Knights with 23 points.

The Panthers shot 53.0 from the field on the night, connecting on 35-of-66 attempts. Ohio Dominican turned its defense into offense, forcing the Blue Knights into 11 turnovers that the Panthers converted into 13 points on the other end of the floor. ODU's defense also tallied three steals and six blocked shots.

Through the first 10 minutes of game, neither team could make a run with the largest lead coming at the 15:50 mark when Baker gave the Blue Knights a four point lead, 10-6, on a layup assisted by Derrick Sanderfer Jr.

The Panthers would take the largest lead of the half at six with 4:35 on the clock when Minch hit a three-pointer from senior Ledarius Stennis (Moss Pointe, MS) to extend the ODU lead to 34-28. However, Urbana would hit key shots toward the end of the period and would head into the locker room with a 44-40 lead.

ODU's numbers looked solid through the first period, shooting 60.0 percent from the field after connecting on 15-of-20 attempts. The Panthers were also 4-of-10 from behind the arc.

Urbana took its largest lead of six in the second half at the 19:48 mark when Baker once again scored an easy layup from Andrej Tomic.

Both team traded points during the second half with Urbana taking an 83-78 lead over the Panthers with just 18 seconds remaining on the game clock. Minch would cut the lead to three, 83-81 with 11 seconds left.

Urbana would go up 84-81 when Sanderfer missed the back end of his one-and-one. Mich grabbed the rebound and raced towards the ODU bench where head coach Evans immediately called a timeout. After the break, Carr spotted up at the top of the arc and nailed the shot with time expiring to send the game into overtime.

The Panthers knocked in the first bucket in overtime and maintained the lead to secure the 93-91 victory.

Ohio Dominican will next host Bluefield State on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall.

Mark Minch Postgame Interview

Trent Weaver Postgame Interview

Head Coach Dan Evans Postgame Interview

Contact: Sarah Twiggs

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