Men's Basketball Scorches Nets, Dragons In 95-85 Win

Photo by Taylor Byes
Photo by Taylor Byes

TIFFIN, Ohio – Seven players scored in double figures and Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team closed its season in style as the Panthers went on the road to defeat Tiffin 95-85 Thursday night.

With the win, ODU finished the year with an 11-17 record and an 8-14 record in GLIAC play. The 11 wins are the most for the program since the 2008-09 season and the eight conference wins are the most for the program since joining the league for the 2010-11 year.

The Panthers started the game on fire offensively and never cooled off. Overall, ODU shot 62.5 percent (35-of-56) and buried a season-best 15-of-25 (60.0 percent) from behind the arc.

Senior Trent Weaver (Columbus, Ohio) went 7-of-10 from the floor to finish with 17 points and a season-best 16 rebounds, one shy of matching a career-high. Freshman Michael Simon (Hilliard, Ohio) equaled his season-best by drilling five three-pointers and scoring 15 points off the bench and senior Connor Dahn (Worthington, Ohio) also scored 14 points off the bench.

Senior Chad Nelson (Columbus, Ohio) scored 14 points, sophomores Adam Cytlak (Van Buren, Ohio) and Mike DeLeon (Powell, Ohio) each scored a dozen and classmate Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio) chipped in with 11 points.

The Panthers made 10 of their first 15 shots from the field and had a stretch of over 15 minutes where they did not miss consecutive shots from the field in building a 43-29 halftime cushion.

A 12-0 burst put ODU in front 26-11 at the 9:07 mark of the half, and Tiffin never came within 11 points for the remainder of the game. The Panthers scored on five of six offensive possessions during that burst, with Williams sticking a pair of threes and Dahn and Simon also burying triples.

Later in the half, Simon and Cytlak each drained three-pointers as the lead stretched to 35-18 with six minutes remaining in the period.

The second half cushion extended to as much as 23 on a DeLeon layup, which made the score 78-55 Panthers with 6:16 left.

The Panthers surpassed 60 percent shooting and scored 95 points for a second consecutive game. ODU surpassed 90 points in six games this season, though this was the first time they accomplished that feat on the road. Nine of the team's 11 wins also came by double figures this season.

Contact: Scott Miles