COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Dominican men's basketball team will have two key GLIAC South Division rematches this week as they take on Walsh and Malone.
Currently the Panthers sit just two losses out of third place in the GLIAC South Division, and a conference tournament spot. Walsh currently resides in the third position in the standings, while ODU only trails Malone by a 1.5 games for the fourth spot in the division.
ODU is coming off a split last week, as they lost at Findlay 73-63, before bouncing back at home to complete the season sweep over Wayne State on Saturday, 82-68. The Panthers finished a combined 3-1 against UF and WSU in the regular season.
The Panthers dropped the first contest of the season to both Walsh and Malone. In the two games against WU and MU, freshman Shemar Waugh (Columbus, OH) averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.0 steals. Waugh grabbed a career high eight rebounds against WU and stole a career high four passes at MU.
Junior Chad Nelson (Columbus, OH) had a solid game against the Cavaliers as he scored 18 points, and tied a career high with four rebounds. Nelson is averaging over 13 points and three assists in his last five games.
Freshman Mike DeLeon (Powell, OH) has neared a double-double twice in the past two weeks, and is coming off a career best 19 points against Wayne State. DeLeon has also made his last 18 free throw attempts and sits just nine away from tying the school record.
Walsh comes into the game with a 12-9 overall mark, and an 8-9 record in the conference. WU has been on a hot streak since GLIAC South play began as they have won seven of their past nine games.
The Cavaliers are led by Jesse Hardin Jr., who is one of four players averaging double figures in scoring. Hardin Jr. ranks in the top 10 in the GLIAC in scoring and rebounding, as he is averaging 16.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest.
Malone enters the week with a 9-14 record overall, and a 7-10 GLIAC mark. The Pioneers are just 3-9 away from home this season.
Ben Haraway leads the Pioneers in points, 13.5, and assists per game, 2.9. Haraway scored a game high 19 points in the first meeting.
The Panthers will travel to Walsh for a 7:30 p.m. tip on Thursday, February 12, before welcoming Malone for a 3 p.m. tip on Saturday.
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