By Sports Information Intern Kristopher Knight
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team will return to Alumni Hall on Friday, December 30 to begin a three-game home-stand with a non-conference game against the Shawnee State Bears at 7 p.m.
Following its matchup with Shawnee State, ODU will resume GLIAC play with home contests against Lake Superior State on Thursday, January 5 at 7:30 p.m., and Northwood on Saturday, January 7 at 3 p.m.
About Ohio Dominican
The Panthers (6-5, 2-4 GLIAC) are coming off a close, 76-69 loss at No. 7 Saginaw Valley on December 18. Freshman Hasan Varence (Queens, New York) turned in his third double-double of the year in the game, scoring 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Junior Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio) finished with 16 points, four rebounds and four assists, and junior Adam Cytlak (Van Buren, Ohio) chipped in with 11 points for ODU.
Ohio Dominican will look to continue its success from behind the arc, ranking third in the GLIAC in three-point shooting percentage at 39.3 percent while also defending the three-point shot well, holding opponents to 30.9 percent from behind the arc, which ranks fourth in the conference. The Panthers average 16.4 assists per game to rank fourth in the GLIAC in assists per contest, an improvement from a 14.5 assists per game mark a year ago.
ODU's balanced attack is led by Varence, who averages 13.1 points per game and ranks fourth in the GLIAC in rebounds per game, pulling down 7.8 boards per contest. He has scored in double figures in eight out of the Panthers' 11 contests on the year, and is second among GLIAC freshmen in points per game this season on 59.8 percent shooting from the field.
Junior guard Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio) averages 12.5 points per game and ranks second on the team in assists per game, dishing out 3.5 assists per contest. Junior guard Shemar Waugh (Columbus, Ohio) leads the Panthers in assists at 4.0 assists per game, which ranks sixth in the GLIAC.
Freshman Sam Hickey (Toledo, Ohio) ranks third in the GLIAC in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 52.8 percent of his attempts. He is one of three Panthers averaging in double figures in points at 10.0 points per game.
About Shawnee State
Shawnee State (6-7, 0-3 MSC) is an NAIA member institution and has lost four out of its last five contests, most recently falling 73-66 to Mount Vernon Nazarene. The Bears are currently eighth in the Mid-South Conference.
Shawnee State ranks sixth in the Mid-South in points per game, averaging 76.7 points per contest on 46.8 percent shooting from the field, which comes in at fourth in the conference. Shawnee State leads the Mid-South in rebounding, ranking first in the conference in rebounds per contest (41.1) while also boasting a plus-11 rebounding margin to lead the conference.
SSU is led by junior guard Jayllen Carter, who averages 15.1 points per game. Junior forward Frederick Moore chips in 12.3 points per game and a team-leading 7.9 rebounds per contest. Freshman Tamal Watkins adds 12.2 points per game, with more than half of his field goals coming from behind the three-point line. Senior Jacob Daniels averages 11.1 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per contest.
About the Series
The Panthers are looking to even up the all-time series against the Bears, in which Shawnee State currently leads, 21-20. The two teams last met in 2008-09, with Ohio Dominican emerging victorious with a 79-70 win in Portsmouth.
Contact: Aaron McPherson