High Scoring Panthers Defeat Dragons, 96-83

High Scoring Panthers Defeat Dragons, 96-83

Trent Weaver Interview

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Trent Weaver (Columbus, Ohio) scored a career high 29 points with 14 rebounds and Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team pulled away from Tiffin 96-83 Monday night in GLIAC play, winning its fifth straight home game by double figures.

Joining Weaver with a double-double was sophomore Mike DeLeon (Powell, Ohio) with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio) poured in 23 points with a career-high nine assists and senior Chad Nelson (Columbus, Ohio) added 19 points to also lead the Panthers.

With the win, ODU improved to 8-13 (5-10 GLIAC), while the Dragons fell to 10-12 (6-9 GLIAC).

In a second half that saw 34 fouls called, ODU had a 17 point lead whittled to six with 5:03 to play. Nelson answered with a three in the corner, and after a Tiffin miss, Williams knocked home another triple.

Williams then stole the ensuing inbounds pass and dished it off to Nelson for a layup, closing an 8-0 burst that took just 37 seconds and extended the Panther lead to 80-66 with 4:03 to play.

Tiffin made one last push, hitting three consecutive shots to again draw within six at 80-74 with 2:45 left, but Nelson again had the answer, drilling his fourth three of the game. Weaver then scored on a tip-in, and two free throws by sophomore Shemar Waugh (Columbus, Ohio) and a layup by DeLeon capped the 9-0 spurt and put ODU on top 89-74 with 1:28 left.

Overall, the Panthers scored 58 points after intermission, their highest scoring half of the season, and shot 17-of-31 (54.8 percent) from the floor while canning 20-of-24 (83.3 percent) of their free throws.

Weaver surpassed his previous career best of 24 points by making 9-of-12 shots from the field and 11-of-15 free throws. DeLeon made 6-of-10 shots and Nelson hit 7-of-10. Waugh came off the bench to score nine points with six rebounds and four assists to also lead ODU.

The first half featured four ties and 12 lead changes before the Panthers broke free over the final three and a half minutes.

Nelson hit a three, Weaver made a short jumper, and Williams sank two free throws to give ODU a 34-26 advantage. A transition layup by DeLeon extended the lead to 10, and he also laid in a missed jumper to give the Panthers a 38-26 cushion at the break, an 11-0 run to close the half.

That was part of an overall 19-3 burst stretching into the opening three minutes of the second half, as Williams' jump shot gave the Panthers a 46-29 lead.

ODU still led by 17, 57-40, with 12:20 left, before the whistles started to pick up and Tiffin cashed in at the free throw line. The Dragons scored eight points at the free throw line in a 44 second stretch to get back in the game and drew within six on three occasions over the final 5:42 of play.

Overall, the Panthers shot 47.7 percent from the field and had a 44-30 edge on the glass.

During the five game home streak, ODU has scored at least 87 points in every game and has won by an average margin of 22.0 points per game. The Panthers are now 6-1 overall in Alumni Hall this season.

Ohio Dominican remains at home to host Findlay at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Contact: Scott Miles