DELAWARE, Ohio – A spirited effort by Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team was not enough to upend No. 19 Ferris State in a GLIAC contest at Branch Rickey Arena on Friday evening, falling 83-71.
Despite shooting just 28.6 percent from the floor, the Panthers (3-6, 0-3 GLIAC) trailed by single digits with 2:30 seconds remaining in the second half.
Ohio Dominican used a 21-for-28 performance at the charity stripe, as well as 10 made three point field goals, with eight coming in the second half, to stay tight with the nationally ranked Bulldogs (8-1, 2-1 GLIAC).
With 12 points and a team best 12 rebounds, senior Trent Weaver (Columbus, OH) posted his sixth double-double of the season. Weaver entered Friday tied for fourth in the NCAA in double-doubles this season.
Sophomore Adam Cytlak (Van Buren, OH) scored 13 points to lead the team for the first time in his career. Cytlak finished the contest 5-of-8 from the field, as he also shot 50 percent from behind the arc.
In his first season with the Panthers, freshman Michael Simon (Hilliard, OH) scored a career best nine points off the bench, and added four rebounds.
Trailing 35-31 at the intermission, the Panthers saw the deficit grow to as many as 18 points in the second half, 60-42, with 11:30 left to play.
Over the next six minutes, ODU used four three pointers to help trim the Ferris State lead to 69-62 with 5:18 remaining. The Bulldogs however would fend off the feisty Panthers to hold on for the 83-71 victory.
Ferris State held a sizeable advantage in the paint, outscoring the Panthers 52-18 in the lane, and blocked eight shots to ODU's zero.
Ohio Dominican will be back in action on Sunday when they welcome Grand Valley State for a GLIAC matchup at 3 p.m. inside Alumni Hall.
Contact: Tyler Jester