Men's Basketball Looks to Continue Strong Start

Men's Basketball Looks to Continue Strong Start


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Coming off two wins last weekend, Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team will be looking for its first 3-0 start in the NCAA Division II era with a road contest at Notre Dame (OH) on Wednesday evening.

The Panthers have not opened a season 3-0 since the 2006-07 campaign. This will be the third consecutive game for the Panthers away from Alumni Hall. Starting with the 1984-85 season, Ohio Dominican has not each of their first three games away from home.


ODU is coming off a thrilling last second victory over Truman State 64-62, as senior Trent Weaver (Columbus, OH) scored on a play which has drawn similarities to the 1992 Duke- Kentucky NCAA tournament buzzer beater.

Weaver enters the week ranked fourth in the GLIAC in scoring at 20.5 points per game, and is second in the conference in rebounding at 11.0 per contest. He has recorded a double-double in each of the first two games this season, and dating back to last year has three straight games with at least 10 points and 10 rebounds. For his career, Weaver has 20 double-doubles to his name. For Weaver, his game-winning shot help set a new career best 12-of-13 shooting in the neutral site contest with Truman.

Off weekend which saw him shoot 77.1 percent (7-of-9), sophomore Mike DeLeon (Powell, OH) is the early leader in field goal percentage in the GLIAC. DeLeon has added other value to the Panthers as well, ranking inside the top 15 in the conference in rebounding (8.0), assists (4.0), steals (1.5), and blocks (1.0).

After the first two games, both sophomore Ronnie Williams (Columbus, OH) and senior Chad Nelson (Columbus, OH) are averaging double figures in the scoring column. Williams is shooting 52.9 percent from the field while averaging 12.5 points per contest. Nelson is scoring 12.0 points per game, and is a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe.

Sophomores Adam Cytlak (Van Buren, OH) and Shemar Waugh (Columbus, OH) each posted one game with double digit scoring over the weekend. Cytlak made four three pointers and Waugh dished out a team high seven assists in the 84-69 win over Maryville.

Ohio Dominican currently sits second in the GLIAC in field goal percentage at .518, while holding opponents to a shooting percentage of .412, also second best in the conference.

About Notre Dame (OH)

Notre Dame (OH) is off to a 2-0 start as well, as they look for their first 3-0 start since the 2009-2010 season. The Falcons kicked off their season with double-digit, neutral site wins over California (Pa.) and Mansfield.  NDC finished the 2014-15 season with a 16-14 overall mark, highlighted by a trip to the Mountain East Conference Quarterfinals.

Averaging 96.5 points per game, the Falcons are led by senior Tyree Gaiter and sophomore Will Vorhees. Gaiter is averaging 25.5 points per contest as he was named MEC Player of the Week for his performance in the opening two games. Vorhees is also scoring over 20 points per game this season. Gaiter scored 30 points on 9-of-21 shooting against ODU last season, while Vorhees posted a team high 12 rebounds in the 89-69 loss to the Panthers.

Contact: Tyler Jester