Second Half Run Lifts Men's Basketball Past Malone

Second Half Run Lifts Men's Basketball Past Malone


Chad Nelson Interview

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team scored 56 second half points and shot 62.5 percent in the final 20 minutes as the Panthers pulled away from Malone 91-69 on Saturday in Alumni Hall.

Leading 39-37 early in the second half, ODU scored the next 12 points as part of a 17-2 run to build a 56-39 lead, and the advantage never dipped below 11 for the remainder of the game.

Senior Chad Nelson (Columbus, Ohio) scored a career high 29 points, eclipsing the 1,000 point mark in his career. He made 8-of-13 shots from the field and tied a career high by sinking five three pointers. He also went 8-of-8 from the free throw line.

Senior Trent Weaver (Columbus, Ohio) added 15 points and nine rebounds, sophomore Mike DeLeon (Powell, Ohio) finished with 11 points and five rebounds, and sophomore Adam Cytlak (Van Buren, Ohio) added eight points and a career high eight assists.

Nelson and Weaver handled all of the scoring during that game-changing 12-0 run. Weaver's three point play put the Panthers in front 46-37, Nelson buried a triple and then made a layup to put ODU up 51-39, forcing a Malone timeout.

The Panthers pushed the lead to 21 with five minutes remaining and led by as much as 25 down the stretch.

Overall, ODU shot 53.6 percent from the field (30-of-56), hit 12-of-24 from behind the arc (50.0 percent) and went 19-of-21 from the free throw line (90.5 percent). The Panthers also limited Malone to just 36.4 percent shooting for the game (24-of-66).

The Panthers scored the first eight points of the game and led 16-5 through the midway point of the first half as Malone connected on just two of its first 15 field goal attempts.

Malone hung close, though, drawing with one point on three occasions in the final four minutes of the half, before a late Cytlak triple helped the Panthers take a 35-30 lead into the break.

With the win, ODU improved to 5-1 in Alumni Hall this season, with all five wins coming by double figures. The Panthers have scored at least 87 points in their last four home games.

Nelson became the 22nd player in school history to surpass 1,000 career points and joined Weaver as the second player to do so this season.

Ohio Dominican hits the road for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff at Ashland on Thursday.

Contact: Scott Miles