Sluggish Second Half Sends Men's Basketball To Setback Against Findlay

Sluggish Second Half Sends Men's Basketball To Setback Against Findlay

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team trailed by three at intermission, but Findlay outscored the Panthers 56-31 in the second half as ODU suffered a 95-67 setback in Alumni Hall on Thursday night.

Sophomore Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio) scored 20 points and senior Trent Weaver (Columbus, Ohio) added 13, but the Oilers shot 64.5 percent in the second half, including 63.6 percent from behind the arc, to pull away.

The Panthers led for much of the first half, jumping to an 8-2 lead on a pair of Williams triples, and ODU led by as much as seven at 18-11 on a three-pointer by senior Chad Nelson (Columbus, Ohio).

ODU remained on top at 30-28 after a jumper by Williams with 3:48 left in the half, but the Oilers scored the next 10 points in a 1:35 stretch to go in front 38-30. Four points in the final 1:05 by freshman Michael Simon (Hilliard, Ohio) helped cut the deficit to 39-36 at the break.

It was all Findlay in the final 20 minutes though, as a 12-0 burst early in the frame built a double digit lead that did not waver.

Overall, Findlay shot 59.0 percent (36-of-61), compared to 44.4 percent for the Panthers (24-of-54). The Oilers have now won 11 straight games and improved to 16-5 (13-3 GLIAC), while ODU dropped to 8-14 (5-11 GLIAC).

This was the sixth time Williams has scored 20 or more points in a game this season.

Ohio Dominican hits the road to take on Wayne State at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Contact: Scott Miles