FINDLAY, Ohio – Despite shooting 58.5 percent from the field, Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team dropped a road GLIAC contest at Findlay Thursday evening, 80-76.
For the third consecutive game, the Panthers (5-10, 2-7 GLIAC) shot over 50 percent from the floor. ODU shot 68 percent on 17-of-25 shooting in the second half. The Black and Gold made seven of their 11 three point field goals in the second stanza.
Sophomore Ronnie Williams (Columbus, OH) scored 20 points, while setting a career high with seven assists. Williams also added four rebounds.
Matching Williams for the team high in assists, was senior Chad Nelson (Columbus, OH). Nelson scored 10 points to along with his season best seven helpers.
Senior Trent Weaver (Columbus, OH) added 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while also grabbing a team best six rebounds. Returning to his hometown area, sophomore Adam Cytlak (Van Buren, OH) pitched in 10 points.
Trailing by seven at the break, a three pointer from Cytlak with 18:07 remaining brought the Panthers within four, 45-41. The Oilers scored the next seven points however to push the deficit back to 11 at 52-41 with 16:56 left to play.
A Nelson layup would bring ODU within six at 56-50, but again UF grew its lead to 16 with a quick 10-0 run, taking a 66-50 advantage with 9:29 to play.
The Panthers would respond however, scoring the next 13 points, aided by two three pointers from both Williams and senior Connor Dahn (Columbus, OH). ODU trailed 66-63 with 7:08 remaining.
Findlay pushed the lead back to as many as eight, 77-69, with 1:32 to play, but a Nelson layup, followed by a deep three pointer from Williams got ODU within three at 79-76 with under three seconds remaining.
Ohio Dominican would be forced to foul, as UF hit one-of-two free throw attempts to hold on for the 80-76 victory.
The Panthers finished the contest with the better shooting percentage, but were outgained at the charity stripe 13-5. Both ODU and Findlay each scored 34 points in the paint.
Findlay jumped out to a quick double digit leading, taking a 14-4 advantage less than five minutes into the ballgame. ODU responded with five straight points to tighten the contest at 14-9 with 13:19 left in the opening half.
Layups from Ben Casanova (Sylvania, OH) on consecutive possessions cut the Panther deficit to four, but the Oilers would score nine of the next 13 points to grow their lead back to double figures.
UF led by 10 for most the final 6:23, but a three pointer by Williams at the buzzer made the score 41-34 in favor of the Oilers heading into halftime.
Ohio Dominican will look to rebound when they welcome Wayne State for a 3 p.m. tipoff on Saturday, Jan. 16.
Contact: Tyler Jester