COLUMBUS, Ohio – Winners in three of its last four outings, Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team will look to carry its momentum into this weekend.
Ohio Dominican will look for revenge at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, when they travel to face Walsh, where they fell in a double overtime thriller a year ago. The Panthers will then welcome Malone for a 3 p.m. tip on Saturday, Jan. 23.
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For the second time this season, the Panthers (6-10, 3-7 GLIAC) have gone through a stretch of three wins in four games. This current streak is the first time since joining the GLIAC that ODU has won three out of four conference games.
Over the last two weeks, ODU has shot over 50 percent in each game, totaling a shooting percentage of 57.7 percent. The Panthers have extended the strong shooting behind the three point line, with a 48.3 percent clip over the last four outings. The defense has been strong as well, as opponents have combined to shoot under 40 percent from the field and under 27 percent from behind the arc.
Seniors Trent Weaver (Columbus, OH) and Chad Nelson (Columbus, OH) are each averaging 15.5 points per game over the two week stretch. On the season, Weaver leads the team in scoring and rebounding at 14.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Nelson, who is shooting 62.9 percent the last two weeks, is looking to join Weaver in the 1,000 career point club as his 11.1 points per contest has put him just 28 points away.
Posting 14.3 points per game over the last four outings is sophomore Ronnie Williams (Columbus, OH) as he has also led the team with 5.0 assists per contest. Classmate Adam Cytlak (Van Buren, OH) is shooting 52 percent during the current stretch, averaging 9.3 points per game.
With a team best 4.0 assists per game, sophomore Shemar Waugh (Columbus, OH) has returned from injury and ranks 10th in the GLIAC.
Last time out freshman Michael Simon (Hilliard, OH) recorded his third game this season with a 5-for-5 shooting performance. Simon scored 14 points as four of his shots against Wayne State came from three point land.
As a team the Panthers continue to rank among the nation's leaders in helpers and ball control. ODU is dishing out 15 assists per game, good enough to rank in the top 100 in the NCAA, while its assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3) and turnovers per game (11.6) are inside the top 50 in the country.
The Cavaliers (8-6, 6-4 GLIAC) currently rank third in the GLIAC South and are 5-3 at home this season. Walsh has won each of their last three games after dropping the three prior contests.
WU is averaging 77.1 points per contest and have three players averaging at least 14 points per game. The Cavs are led by Jesse Hardin Jr. who is leading the team at 19.9 points per outing. Hardin Jr. is shooting close to 50 percent from the field and is also grabbing 6.5 rebounds per game.
Trey Fletcher is scoring 16.6 points per game while Zac Carter is pitching in 14.6 per contest. Fletcher is grabbing over five rebounds per game, while Carter leads the team in assists at 4.8 per outing.
Malone enters the week just 3-12 overall this season, but in their 10 GLIAC losses, they have eight decision by 10 points or less. The Pioneers are 2-5 away from home this year. MU will host Tiffin on Thursday evening prior to its trip to Columbus.
Five players are scoring in double figures through the first 15 games this season, highlighted by Brian Stone at 15.2 points per game. Christian Graves is averaging 12.3 points per contest for the Pioneers.
Mitchell Spotleson and Stephen O'Daniel III are each adding 12.2 points per game for MU. Spotleson leads the team in rebounding at 7.4 per outing.
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