COLUMBUS, Ohio – Behind 73.3 percent shooting in the second half, Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team defeated Lake Erie 95-71 on Saturday in the team's home finale.
Leading 40-39 at halftime, ODU outscored the Storm 55-32 in the final 20 minutes to improve to 8-3 in Alumni Hall this season. The Panthers made 22 of their shots from the field after intermission.
Ohio Dominican improved to 10-17 (7-14 GLIAC), while the Storm fell to 10-17 (7-14 GLIAC).
Senior Trent Weaver (Columbus, Ohio) and sophomore Mike DeLeon (Powell, Ohio) each recorded double-doubles. Weaver finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds while DeLeon tallied 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Weaver made 6-of-7 shots from the field while DeLeon finished 9-of-10.
Senior Chad Nelson (Columbus, Ohio) led all scorers with 19 points and five assists, senior Connor Dahn (Worthington, Ohio) had nine points, and sophomore Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio) handed out eight assists.
Up 46-44 early in the second half, Nelson hit a three, Dahn scored inside and Weaver had a two-handed dunk to extend the lead to 53-44 with 16:26 to play.
Freshman Michael Simon (Hilliard, Ohio) buried consecutive three-pointers to bump the lead to 64-51 with 11:24 left, and the lead never dipped below 10 the rest of the way.
DeLeon came flying down the middle of the lane and threw down a one-handed slam to put the Panthers up 71-55, and the lead hit 20 on Nelson's three-ball with 4:13 to play (86-66). ODU would lead by as much as 27 in the game's waning moments.
Overall, the Panthers shot a season-best 63.8 percent (37-of-58), outscored Lake Erie 54-22 in the paint and had a 39-14 edge in bench points. The Panthers also had a 37-22 edge in rebounding.
The first half featured eight ties and six lead changes. ODU went on a 15-3 run to take its biggest advantage of the half (30-23), capped off by a layup by freshman RJ Jones (Twinsburg, Ohio).
Lake Erie scored the next seven points to tie it, though, then took its biggest lead of the game at 39-33 with 4:26 left in the period.
ODU clamped down defensively, though, holding the Storm scoreless for the rest of the half as DeLeon's fastbreak layup gave ODU a 40-39 lead going into the locker room.
Ohio Dominican concludes the regular season at 8 p.m. Thursday at Tiffin.
Contact: Scott Miles