Strong Defensive Effort Leads To 55-52 Win Over Findlay

Strong Defensive Effort Leads To 55-52 Win Over Findlay

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Behind their best defensive performance of the season, the Ohio Dominican men's basketball team defeated Findlay 55-52 on Thursday night, snapping a two game losing skid.

The Panther (4-10, 2-7 GLIAC) win was their first victory over Findlay (6-7, 3-6 GLIAC) since December 7, 1995. It was also the first home win for ODU over UF since January 6, 1994, when the Panthers won 116-112 in triple overtime.

Junior Trent Weaver (Columbus, OH) recorded his fourth double-double of the season and his second consecutive one with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Weaver made 7-of-9 shots from the field and went 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.

Junior Chad Nelson (Columbus, OH) added 14 points, four rebounds and four assists.

With only eight players dressed in uniform, the Panthers started three freshmen for the first time this season as Mike DeLeon (Powell, OH) scored nine points while Ronnie Williams (Columbus, OH) and Adam Cytlak (Van Buren, OH) each added six points. DeLeon added six rebounds while Williams and Cytlak each recorded two assists.

While the Panthers did not receive any points from the bench, freshman Shemar Waugh (Columbus, OH) dished out a team high five assists.

The 52 points ODU surrendered was the lowest amount they have given up all season. The Panthers shot 42.2 percent (19-45) for the game, but held the Oilers to 32.2 percent (19-59) while forcing 12 turnovers.

The two teams traded baskets in the first half as ODU was able to take a 28-26 lead into the break. UF held its largest lead of the game, three points, with nine minutes to play in the half.

ODU opened up a five point advantage after two Weaver free throws made the score 39-34 with 14:29 remaining in the second half. The Panthers would eventually grow their lead to as many as nine after a Nelson free throw made the score 54-45 with 3:41 left to play.

The Oilers would cut the ODU lead to as little as two points with four seconds left, but DeLeon made 1-of-2 foul shots to give the Panthers a three point lead. UF heaved up a desperation three which hit the back of the rim as the Black and Gold would hold on for the 55-52 lead.

The Panthers assisted on 15-of-19 made field goals. The score was tied three times and the lead changed six times throughout the contest.

ODU will look to stay unbeaten against GLIAC South teams as they travel to Detroit, Michigan on Saturday. The Panthers will be at Wayne State with a 3 p.m. tipoff inside Matthaei Center.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@ohiodominican.edu