COLUMBUS, Ohio –The Ohio Dominican men's basketball team will play host to Silver Lake for its home opener of the 2015-16 season on Saturday afternoon.
Coming off its first loss of the season at Notre Dame (OH) Wednesday night, the Panthers will be looking for their first 3-1 start since the 2012-13 season. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday inside Alumni Hall.
Ohio Dominican has won its past five season home openers, with the last loss coming to Spring Arbor to open the 2009-10 campaign. The Panthers have won the past five home openers convincingly with just one having a margin of victory under 10 points, as they outscoring opponents, on average by 17.2.
Since head coach Dan Evans has been at the helm, ODU is 2-0 in home openers with an average score of 83.0-66.5.
ABOUT OHIO DOMINICAN
The loss to NDC was the first in three games to the Falcons, with the previous setback also coming on the road for ODU. The Panthers received double figure scoring from at least four players for the second time this season, as sophomore Ronnie Williams (Columbus, OH) led the way with 21 points. Williams is second on the team in scoring, averaging 15.3 points per game. The last time out also saw Williams grab a career high five rebounds.
Leading the Panthers in the first few games has been senior Trent Weaver (Columbus, OH). Weaver enters Saturday averaging 20.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per contest, both team highs and good enough to rank in the top seven in the GLIAC. His 10-of-14 from the foul line against NDC was a career best, as Weaver now sits sixth in both career free throw makes and attempts (272-for-364).
Fellow senior Chad Nelson (Columbus, OH) has posted 15 points in two of the first three games this season, including the last time out. Nelson is also dishing out a career best 3.3 assists per contest as he has at least two in each game. With a career 101 made three point field goals, Nelson sits just eight makes away from tying for 10th in program history.
Sophomore Shemar Waugh (Columbus, OH) posted his best outing of the season against the Falcons, scoring 16 points as he also tied Weaver for the team high with seven rebounds. Waugh fell just one point and one rebound shy of tying career highs. He is eighth in the GLIAC in assists, dishing out 4.0 helpers per game.
ABOUT SILVER LAKE
The Lakers enter Friday with an overall mark of 3-7 after an 89-48 loss at NCAA Division III College of Wooster. SLC will travel to face GLIAC foe Ashland on Friday evening before heading to Columbus for its third game in as many days.
Silver Lake College of the Holy Family is a Franciscan Catholic institution located in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The Lakers compete at the Division I level of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).
This will be the first ever meeting between Ohio Dominican and Silver Lake.
Contact: Tyler Jester