COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Dominican men's basketball team will wrap up its season this weekend with a home and home series with Tiffin.
The Panthers and Dragons were originally scheduled to play at Tiffin on February 2, but due to weather concerns, the game was rescheduled for 3:00 p.m. this Saturday. ODU will have senior day Thursday at 7:30 p.m. as they welcome TU for the first game of the week.
The Black and Gold are coming off two comeback attempts which fell short against Ashland and Lake Erie. ODU was down by as many as 15 points in each game, as they were able to take a lead against AU before falling late, and they were only able to cut the LEC lead to as little as three this past Saturday.
ODU will have just one senior playing on Thursday in Jesse Ward (North Pole, AK). Ward is averaging a career best 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game this season. He scored a career high 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting at Findlay just three weeks ago.
Junior Chad Nelson (Columbus, OH) has continued to play well down the stretch for the Panthers as he is averaging 18.6 points and 3.0 assists over the last five contests, scoring at least 13 points in each game.
Another junior, Trent Weaver (Columbus, OH) leads the Panthers in scoring and rebounding at 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Weaver ranks third in the GLIAC in rebounds per contest and third in free throw makes. He now ranks inside the top 10 all-time in ODU history in three categories including, rebounds (524), free throw makes (254), and free throw attempts (332).
Freshman Ronnie Williams (Columbus, OH) scored a career high 25 points at Ashland last Thursday night, making 8-of-12 shots, including 7-of-10 from behind the three point arc. Williams comes in third on the team at 8.7 points per game. He is also just 2.2 percentage points away from tying the ODU season mark for highest three point shooting percentage which is set at 46.5 percent.
Tiffin comes into the week 7-20 overall, while holding a 3-17 GLIAC mark. After splitting last season's series, TU holds a 34-19 advantage in wins since the 1984-85 season. The Dragons have struggled on the road, as they are just 3-12 away from the Gillmor Center.
TU is led by Ashton Kahn who is scoring 12.7 points and ranks fifth in the GLIAC in assists at 3.9 per game. Kahn averaged 13.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.0 rebounds in the two games against ODU last season.
Contact: Tyler Jester