COLUMBUS, Ohio – Trailing by 11 points with just over four minutes remaining in the game, the Ohio Dominican men's basketball team rallied to defeat GLIAC rival Malone 77-76 on Saturday afternoon inside Alumni Hall.
The Panthers (8-15, 6-12 GLIAC) would fall behind by as many as 11 points, 73-62, with 4:10 remaining, but two Jesse Ward (North Pole, AK) free throws and a three pointer cut the deficit to 73-70 with 3:09 left to play.
After the Pioneers (10-15, 8-11 GLIAC) would make one-of-two foul shots, Ronnie Williams (Columbus, OH) would convert on a three point play to cut the lead to 74-73 with 2:45 remaining.
Trailing by one point, freshman Shemar Waugh (Columbus, OH) would score on a layup from the left block with just 57.6 seconds remaining in the game. The Pioneers would be unable to score on their final two possessions as ODU would take its first victory over MU since Valentine's Day of 2009.
Juniors Chad Nelson (Columbus, OH) and Trent Weaver (Columbus, OH) each had over 20 points as they combined for 47 of the Panthers 77 points. Nelson scored a career high 26 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
Weaver would score 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting and would also add a team high seven rebounds. He has now scored in double figures 40 times in his career. Weaver and Nelson combined to go 16-of-17 (94.1 percent) from the charity stripe.
Freshman Mike DeLeon (Powell, OH) scored 10 points, as his consecutive free throws made streak came to an end at 25, falling just two shy of tying the all-time record at ODU.
Freshman Shemar Waugh (Columbus, OH) added six points and six rebounds off the bench. Waugh also tied a career high in assists with eight.
The Panthers converted on their free throw attempts throughout the game as they finished 27-of-32 (84.4 percent). ODU also recorded a season low in turnovers with just five.
The Panthers jumped out to an early lead as they made four of their first five shots to take an 8-2 lead in the opening four minutes.
The Black and Gold continued to play well on both ends of the floor as they held the Pioneers to just eight points in the first 13 minutes of the game, while shooting 9-of-14 (64.2 percent) from the field. The Panthers held their largest, 14, at 22-8 with seven minutes remaining before halftime.
ODU would hold a double digit lead for the remainder of the opening half as they took a 37-25 lead into the break.
MU would start the second half on a 19-6 run to take their first lead of the contest at 44-43 with 14:35 left to play.
The Panthers would answer with a DeLeon free throw followed by a Nelson three pointer to cut the deficit to 50-48 with 11:38 left to play.
Malone would then use an 11-2 run to take a 61-52 lead with 9:10 remaining. The Pioneers would make 13-of-19 shots to start the second half including going 5-of-6 from behind the arc.
ODU will be back on the road next week as they travel to Ashland on Thursday, February 19, for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.
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