ST. LOUIS – Five players scored in double figures as the Ohio Dominican men's basketball team defeated Maryville 84-69 on the road Friday afternoon.
This was the largest margin of victory for the Panthers (1-0, 0-0 GLIAC) in an opening game since a 127-82 victory over OSU-Marion to start the 2006-07 campaign.
Ohio Dominican shot 58.5 percent from the field as they scored 42 points in both halves. The 42 points in the first half was the first time since December 20, 2014, in a game against Bluefield State that the Panthers scored at least 40 points in the opening stanza.
The Black and Gold led for most of the game as they held a lead for a total of 36:38. ODU had five players score at least 10 points for the first time since an 82-68 win over Wayne State last February.
After recording seven double-doubles a year ago, Preseason First Team All-GLIAC selection Trent Weaver (Columbus, OH) posted his 19th career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Weaver finished the game 8-of-14 from the field, while adding three blocks on the defensive end.
Sophomore Adam Cytlak (Van Buren, OH) set a career point high in the final game of the 2014-15 season only to break his best mark with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting against MU. Cytlak went 4-of-7 from behind the arc, giving him a career high in three point field goals.
Adding 15 points was senior Chad Nelson (Columbus, OH) as he also dished out six assists. The fourth starter in double figures was sophomore Mike DeLeon (Powell, OH) who posted 10 points and seven rebounds. DeLeon's classmate Ronnie Williams (Columbus, OH) came in off the bench to shoot 6-of-9, pitching in 16 points.
The Saints (0-1, 0-0 GLVC) held their final lead of the game at 11-10 with 15:49 remaining in the opening half. ODU however, responded with seven straight points capped by a layup from Shemar Waugh (Columbus, OH) to take a 17-11 lead with just over 14 minutes left in the opening period.
Behind 30 points in the paint in the opening half, the Panthers grew their lead to as many as 12, before settling for a 42-32 halftime advantage.
Ohio Dominican scored 18 of the first 24 second half points highlighted by a three consecutive three pointers, one from Williams and two from Cytlak, to take a commanding 60-38 lead with 14 minutes remaining. The Panthers held their largest lead at 68-46 with just over 10 minutes left to play.
Waugh dished out a team high seven assists, as the Panthers posted over 20 helpers for the first time since February 2, 2013. Freshman Michael Simon (Hilliard, OH) scored seven points off the bench in his collegiate debut, while fellow classmate Ben Casanova (Sylvania, OH) recorded his first two points as a Panther.
ODU finished the game with a 38-26 advantage in points in the paint. After making double digit three point attempts twice last season, the Black and Gold fired off 10 makes in 20 attempts against the Saints.
The Panthers will be back in action as they stay in St. Louis for a 3 p.m. Central Standard Time, neutral site game against Truman State on Saturday.
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