Offense Stalls As Men's Basketball Drops 55-51 Decision At Wayne State

Photo by Stephanie Pakes
Photo by Stephanie Pakes

DETROIT – Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team had three chances to tie or take the lead in the final minute at Wayne State but could not convert as the Panthers suffered a 55-51 setback on Saturday in GLIAC action.

ODU trailed by six with just over two minutes to play. Sophomore Mike DeLeon (Powell, Ohio) hit two free throws and sophomore Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio) buried his third three-pointer of the half to cut the deficit to 52-51 with 1:32 left.

After Wayne State missed a jumper, senior Trent Weaver (Columbus, Ohio) grabbed the rebound, but the Panthers turned it over with 42 seconds left. ODU got the ball back with 18 seconds left on a Wayne State offensive foul, but threw it away themselves and had to foul with just 3.9 seconds left.

The Warriors made one of two free throws, but a full length of the floor pass by the Panthers went out of bounds, and Wayne State put the game away with two free throws with 3.1 seconds remaining.

Weaver notched his 11th double-double of the year with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Williams scored all 11 of his points in the second half to help spark the ODU rally, and DeLeon tallied 10 points with nine rebounds.

The Panthers held Wayne State to 37.5 percent shooting but made just 38.5 percent from the field themselves. ODU misfired on its first 11 triple attempts and was outrebounded 40-31 in the loss.

There were seven lead changes in the first half as Wayne State took a 25-21 lead at the break. The Warriors increased their lead to seven on a handful of occasions in the second half, but ODU hung around until the waning moments.

With the setback, the Panthers fell to 8-15 (5-12 GLIAC), while Wayne State improved to 6-14 (6-11 GLIAC.)

ODU returns home to host Walsh at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Alumni Hall.

Contact: Scott Miles