Nelson's Season High Not Enough As Panthers Fall at Michigan Tech

Nelson's Season High Not Enough As Panthers Fall at Michigan Tech

HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Ohio Dominican men's basketball team could not hold off a late push by Michigan Tech on the road Saturday afternoon, falling 62-59 in a GLIAC contest.

With the score tied at 56-all, a Mike DeLeon (Powell, OH) free throw and layup from Chad Nelson (Columbus, OH) gave the Panthers (3-8, 0-5 GLIAC) a 59-56 advantage with 2:14 remaining in the contest.

After both sides went scoreless over the next minute of action, the Huskies (3-6, 2-3 GLIAC) scored a layup on two of three possessions to take a 60-59 lead with just 22 seconds left to play.

A pair of free throws by MTU would give them a 62-59 advantage with seven seconds remaining as sophomore guard Ronnie Williams (Columbus, OH) was unable to send the game into an extra session, missing a three point attempt at the buzzer.

Nelson posted a season high scoring performance, as the senior tallied 23 points, going 5-of-8 from three point range. His five three pointers tied a career best, while the 23 points was just three short of tying his career high.

Williams received his first start of the season, adding 12 points while DeLeon flirted with a double-double, logging eight points and a team high nine rebounds.

The two sides find themselves in a stalemate throughout most of the first half, but a 7-0 run by ODU gave the Panthers the largest lead of the game for either side at 25-18 with 5:27 left to play in the opening half. The Huskies would score the final six points of the half however, to cut the Panther lead to 25-24 at the intermission.

Much like the end of the first stanza, the Huskies scored the first six points of the second half to take their largest lead of the contest at 30-25 with 17:51 remaining.

The game remained tight throughout the second half, as the next 12 minutes was played in a seven point window. A quick 5-0 spurt by the Panthers stretched their lead to six, 54-48, with 5:33 left to play. Ohio Dominican however, would make just one of their final six shot attempts over the final five minutes.

The Panthers shot 42.1 percent from three point range, while the Huskies were just 22.7 percent from behind the arc. The Huskies however made 15-of-17 free throw attempts, including five of their final six tries over the last five minutes.

Ohio Dominican will look to bounce back quickly as they travel to face Northern Michigan at 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 3, for the second game of the current back-to-back.

Contact: Tyler Jester