COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four players scored at least 13 points, but Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team fell at home to Grand Valley State 85-79 in a GLIAC contest Sunday afternoon.
The Panthers (3-7, 0-4 GLIAC) received a combined 31 points off the bench from freshman Michael Simon (Hilliard, OH) and sophomore Ronnie Williams (Columbus, OH). Simon led ODU with a new career best 17 points on 5-of-5 shooting. Williams added 14 points making all four of his field goals from behind the arc.
Sophomore Mike DeLeon (Powell, OH) recorded his first double-double of the season, and third of his career with 14 points and 10 rebounds. DeLeon has now scored in double figures in three of the last four games.
Posting a team high six assists was sophomore Shemar Waugh (Columbus, OH), as he also added 13 points. Waugh now has at least three assists in 18 of the past 19 games dating back to last season.
Ohio Dominican jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead 1:30 into the contest after a jumper from DeLeon and a three point field goal from sophomore Adam Cytlak (Van Buren, OH). After trading baskets, a DeLeon layup gave the Panthers their largest lead of the contest at 7-2 with 17:49 left in the opening half.
The Lakers (7-2, 2-2 GLIAC) used a quick 7-1 run to capture their first lead of the game at 9-8 with 13:49 left in the first stanza. An 11-2 run later in the half saw the GVSU lead grow to nine points at 27-18 with just under eight minutes to play in the first half. The Lakers led by as many as 11 in the first half, to take a 44-37 lead into the intermission.
After a jumper gave GVSU a 49-37 advantage early in the second half, the Panthers used a 14-4 run over a three minute stretch to cut the deficit to 53-51 with 13:22 remaining.
The Lakers responded however as they used the next 10 minutes to grow their lead to 14, their largest of the contest, at 77-63 with just over three minutes left to play.
Ohio Dominican scored 16 of the final 24 points, but it was not enough as the Lakers held on for the 85-79 victory.
The Panthers will be back in action at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15 when they travel to face NCAA Division I foe Ohio University. The contest will be considered an exhibition for Ohio Dominican.
Contact: Tyler Jester