Second Half Rally Falls Short For Men's Basketball Against #19 Ferris State

Second Half Rally Falls Short For Men's Basketball Against #19 Ferris State

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.

Senior Chad Nelson (Columbus, OH) added 12 points, while sophomore Mike DeLeon (Powell, OH) pitched in 10. Nelson also recorded six rebounds and a team best four helpers.

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