ERIE, Pa. — Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team held Malone to 36.8 percent shooting from the field en route to a 75-58 victory on Friday evening in the first round of the Gary Miller Classic at Gannon University.
Ohio Dominican (3-1, 0-0 GLIAC) will face the winner of Lake Erie against Gannon in the championship game of the Gary Miller Classic on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The win marks the best defensive performance by the Panthers since they held Wayne State to 55 points on February 6, 2016 and marks the fewest points an opponent has scored against Ohio Dominican thus far in the 2016-17 season.
ODU held Malone to 32 percent shooting from three-point range (8-of-25) and through four games the Panthers are holding their opponents to an average of 27.3 percent from behind the arc.
Offensively, Ohio Dominican used a balanced scoring attack, with five players reaching double figures for the second time this season. The Panthers shot 50.9 percent from the field and recorded 23 assists in the contest.
Freshman Hasan Varence (Queens, New York) led the Panthers in points (13) and rebounds (nine). Junior Shemar Waugh (Columbus, Ohio) recorded 12 points, three assists and two steals. Junior Mike DeLeon (Powell, Ohio) finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Freshman Sam Hickey (Toledo, Ohio) finished with a career-high 11 points off the bench and went 3-of-5 from three-point range. Through four contests, Hickey is 10-of-16 from behind the arc (62.5 percent).
Junior Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio) scored in double figures for the fifth-straight contest, finishing with 11 points and five assists. Freshman Ryan Hoyng (Celina, Ohio) finished with a team-high six assists off the bench for Ohio Dominican.
The Panthers started strong, beginning the game on a 16-4 run that reached its apex on a three-pointer by Hickey at the 12:38 mark of the first half. ODU held a 40-29 advantage at the break.
Ohio Dominican led 46-36 at the 14:47 mark of the second half and a made jumper by Varence sparked a 10-0 run for ODU over the next 1:48. Waugh grabbed a rebound after a missed shot on the next possession and took the ball coast-to-coast for a layup, then two threes by Hickey and Williams gave ODU a decisive 56-36 lead with 12:59 to go in the contest, which it maintained en route to a 75-58 victory.
ODU will face the winner of Lake Erie against Gannon tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. and will look for its first 4-1 start since the 2004-05 season.
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