Panthers Crack Century Mark, Defeat Silver Lake 104-69

Panthers Crack Century Mark, Defeat Silver Lake 104-69

COLUMBUS, Ohio – All 13 players who dressed scored for Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team as the Panthers defeated Silver Lake 104-69 Saturday afternoon in Alumni Hall.

This is the first time ODU (3-1) has cracked the century mark in scoring since putting up 117 points against Judson on Dec. 12, 2008.

The Panthers never trailed in this one, jumping to a 22-5 advantage in the first seven minutes, and led by as much as 45 points in the second half.

Sophomore Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio) scored a game-high 18 points in 18 minutes of action, knocking down 7-of-12 from the field. He was joined in double figures by senior Trent Weaver (Columbus, Ohio), sophomore Mike DeLeon (Powell, Ohio) and freshman RJ Jones (Twinsburg, Ohio), who each put in 12 points.

Overall, ODU shot 48.6 percent from the field (36-of-74), hit 11 three-pointers, went 21-of-27 from the free throw line (77.8 percent), had a 44-18 edge in points in the paint and outrebounded the Lakers 50-24.

DeLeon's layup off a feed by Williams gave the Panthers a 13-2 lead in the first four minutes, and Williams buried a triple off a feed from sophomore Shemar Waugh (Columbus, Ohio) to give ODU the 22-5 cushion.

The Lakers (3-9) drew to within 26-19 with less than 10 minutes left in the half, but a layup by freshman Michael Simon (Hilliard, Ohio) on the other end put the Panthers back in front by 11, and the lead never dipped into single digits again.

Waugh tied a career high with eight assists and also pulled down five rebounds while coming away with three steals. Jones had five assists and five rebounds to go along with his 12 points, and Weaver and freshman Alex Stevens (Delaware, Ohio) each grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.

Senior Chad Nelson (Pickerington, Ohio), junior Connor Dahn (Columbus, Ohio) and sophomore Adam Cytlak (Van Buren, Ohio) scored nine points apiece and senior Jordan Cowgill (Worthington, Ohio) tallied eight points off the bench as well.

The Panthers had 23 assists to just seven turnovers, the second straight game ODU has committed just seven giveaways.

The margin of victory was the largest for ODU since defeating Cincinnati Christian by 28 points (87-59) on Nov. 19, 2010. This is the sixth consecutive year that ODU has won its home opener.

Ohio Dominican hits the road to for the Saint Joseph's Thanksgiving Classic on Friday and Saturday. The Panthers will take on host Saint Joseph's at 9 p.m. (ET) first on Friday night.

Contact: Scott Miles
miless@ohiodominican.edu