COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the fourth consecutive game, the Ohio Dominican men's basketball team shot over 50 percent en route to an 88-64 victory over GLIAC South foe Wayne State on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Panthers (6-10, 3-7 GLIAC) improve to 4-1 inside Alumni Hall this season. Wayne State drops to 2-11 overall and 2-8 in conference play.
Five Panthers scored in double figures for the second time in four outings, with senior Trent Weaver (Columbus, OH) leading the way with 19 points. Weaver finished the contest 8-of-14 from the floor, as he also grabbed a team high eight rebounds.
Sophomore Ronnie Williams (Columbus, OH) scored 15 points for his fifth consecutive game with at least 10 points in the scoring column. Williams also added four assists and three rebounds.
For the third time this season, freshman Michael Simon (Hilliard, OH) finished the game 5-for-5 from the field, as he added 14 points. Simon made all four of his three point field goal attempts setting a new personal best in three point makes.
Freshman Ben Casanova (Sylvania, OH) was also perfect from the field, as he recorded a career high 11 points on 3-of-3 shooting. Scoring in double figures for the fourth time in five games was senior Chad Nelson (Columbus, OH) as he pitched in 10 points.
Ohio Dominican finished the contest 30-of-52 from the floor, which was aided by a 61.5 percent shooting performance in the second half. The Panthers have now shot over 60 percent in the second half in back-to-back games.
With 10:50 remaining in the first half, ODU used a 9-0 run to take a 17-9 advantage. The Panthers led the remainder of the opening stanza, growing its lead to as many as nine points on two separate occasions, as they took a 37-30 lead into the break.
The Black and Gold started the second half strong, using the first seven minutes to open the lead to 22 at 59-37 after Weaver converted on a three point play.
Wayne State was able to cut the deficit to as little as 15, but the Panthers were able to extend the lead to as many as 25 after a jumper from Mike DeLeon (Powell, OH) made it 84-59 with 2:44 remaining. Sophomore Shemar Waugh (Columbus, OH) assisted on the DeLeon jumper for one of his team high five helpers.
The Ohio Dominican bench outscored the Warriors' 31-6, while the Panthers also held a 17-10 advantage in points off turnovers.
ODU will be back on the court at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, Jan. 21, when they travel to face Walsh in a GLIAC South matchup.
Contact: Tyler Jester