COLUMBUS, Ohio – Coming off two home wins over GLIAC North opponents, Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team will kick off GLIAC South divisional play this weekend.
The Panthers (5-9, 2-6 GLIAC) are currently riding just their second two game winning streak in conference games since joining the GLIAC. The first stretch of back-to-back wins in the GLIAC came last season against Findlay and Wayne State, both of whom are on the slate this weekend.
Ohio Dominican will travel to face Findlay at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, and will return home to welcome Wayne State for a 3 p.m. tipoff on Saturday, Jan. 16.
ABOUT OHIO DOMINICAN
The 87-75 win over then No. 13 Lake Superior State last Thursday was the first victory over a NABC Top 25 team for a Panther squad in the NCAA Division II era. The Panthers shot close to 53 percent from the field, and made 10-of-18 three point attempts.
In the Saturday matinee, ODU tallied its largest win of the season, defeating Northwood 93-54. The win gives the Panthers two home wins with a margin of victory over 30 points this year. The Black and Gold stayed hot, shooting 60.9 percent overall, a new season high, as well as 51.9 percent from behind the arc.
Leading the charge offensively of late has been senior Chad Nelson (Columbus, OH). Nelson has led the Panthers in scoring in three of the last four games, averaging 18.0 points per outing over the four game stretch. He is closing in on becoming the 22nd player in program history, and second player this season to reach 1,000 career points.
Senior Trent Weaver (Columbus, OH) was honored prior to the LSSU contest as he scored his 1,000th career point the weekend prior against Northern Michigan. Weaver enters this weekend with team highs in points per game, 14.6, and rebounds per contest, 9.4. His rebounding numbers ranks fourth in the conference and 28th in NCAA Division II. Weaver scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds versus LSSU, giving him his seventh double-double of the season, to move him into 16th in the NCAA in double-doubles.
Starting in each of the last four games, sophomore Ronnie Williams (Columbus, OH) has reached at least 11 points in each contest. Williams is second on the squad in points per game at 13.3, and his 88.7 percent from the charity stripe is third in the GLIAC and 37th in the country.
Sophomore Adam Cytlak (Van Buren, OH) and freshman Michael Simon (Hilliard, OH) each scored at least 12 points last time out. Cytlak, a local product of the Findlay area, will look to carry his hot shooting into this weekend as his 15 points versus NU set a new career high.
As a team the Panthers rank in the top 100 in the NCAA in five statistical categories, including two inside the top 50. ODU ranks 36th in fewest turnovers per game at 11.4, and 44th in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.3.
Findlay (8-5, 5-3 GLIAC) has won six of its last seven games, including each of its last three contests. The Oilers have gained the reputation of being tough to beat at home, as they have won 108 of their last 113 home games. All-time in Croy Gymnasium, UF is 575-116.
Martyce Kimbrough leads the Oilers in scoring at 14.2 points per game, as he also leads the GLIAC in free throw shooting at 92.1 percent.
John Staley and Taren Sullivan are each averaging over 10 points per contest. Staley is the current leader in the conference in field goal percentage at 74.4 percent.
ABOUT WAYNE STATE
Wayne State has lost each of its past four games in conference play, but will host GLIAC rivals in six of its next seven games, with the lone road contest coming at ODU. The Warriors have dropped all five games away from home this season.
Ronald Booth is pacing WSU in scoring this season at 16.7 points per game. In the eight conference games, Booth is scoring 19.5 points per contest.
Averaging 13.6 points per outing, Michael Lewis leads the team in rebounding at 5.5 per game. Lewus has the lone GLIAC Player of the Week award for the Warriors this season.
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