RENSSELAER, Ind. – The Ohio Dominican men's basketball team took a two point lead into halftime, but could not fend off host Saint Joseph's down the stretch falling 74-67 on Friday evening at the McDonald's Thanksgiving Classic.
After winning its first two games, the Panthers (2-3) drop their first contest against an opponent hailing form the Great Lakes Valley Conference this season. The Pumas (2-3) have now won back-to-back games at home.
Posting his third double-double of the season was senior Trent Weaver (Columbus, OH). With all three double-doubles coming against GLVC opponents, Weaver tallied a team 20 points and 13 rebounds. Weaver has scored in double figures in each of the first five games and has recorded at least 20 points three times.
Sophomore Shemar Waugh (Columbus, OH) tied a career best with six made field goals as he scored 15 points on 11 total shots. Waugh also added a team high five assists and four rebounds. He has now posted five or more assists three times this year, and has at least three helpers in 13 of the last 14 games.
Coming off the bench, sophomore Ronnie Williams (Columbus, OH) added 10 points while going a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. Classmate Adam Cytlak (Van Buren, OH) grabbed a career high six rebounds.
Trailing 22-19 with 6:38 left in the opening stanza, the Panthers scored 14 of the final 22 first half points, capped by a layup from sophomore Mike DeLeon (Powell, OH) to take a 33-31 lead into the intermission. ODU scored 28 of its 33 first half points in the paint.
The Pumas scored the first six points of the second half to regain the lead at 37-33, before a three pointer by Cytlak followed by a Weaver layup gave ODU a 38-37 advantage with 17 minutes left to play.
The next nine minutes saw six lead changes and four ties as the Panthers led 54-52 with 7:22 remaining in the second half. This, however, would be the last lead of the game for ODU as an 8-0 SJC run gave them a 60-54 advantage.
The Pumas grew their lead to as many as 11 in the closing minutes, as the Black and Gold could only cut the deficit to as little as six with 21 seconds remaining.
Though the Panthers shot just 9.5 percent from behind the arc, they extended their active streak of consecutive games with a three point field goal made to 105. ODU shot 42.2 percent from the field overall as the Pumas finished at 49.0 percent.
The Panthers held a 36-33 advantage in total rebounds, the fifth time this season ODU has outrebounded its opponent.
Ohio Dominican will look to rebound quickly as they close out the McDonald's Thanksgiving Classic when they face Illinois-Springfield at 7 p.m. in Scharf Fieldhouse on Saturday.
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