COLUMBUS, Ohio — Freshman Ryan Hoyng (Celina, Ohio) drilled a three-pointer from the right wing on an assist from junior Shemar Waugh (Columbus, Ohio) with 5.2 seconds remaining to lift Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team to a 78-77, come-from-behind win against Lake Superior State in a GLIAC contest on Thursday night at Alumni Hall.
Freshman Hasan Varence (Queens, New York) connected on a game-winning three-pointer with 3.8 seconds remaining in ODU's last game on December 30 against Shawnee State to lift the Panthers to a 62-61 win.
Ohio Dominican (8-5, 3-4 GLIAC) trailed 77-68 with 3:04 to go until Varence hit two free throws to spark what would become a 10-0 run to end the game for the Panthers. ODU would connect on three more free throws over the next two minutes to cut the deficit to 77-73 with 1:04 remaining.
On the ensuing possession, Varence collected a defensive rebound after a missed three-pointer by the Lakers and on the offensive end, Waugh made a driving layup to trim ODU's deficit to just two, 77-75 with 28 seconds to go.
After a foul by Waugh and two missed free throws by Lake Superior State, Varence collected another defensive rebound to give the Panthers the ball with 22 seconds left. Then Waugh drove the baseline from the left wing and made a pass to the right wing to Hoyng, who hit the game-winning three-pointer with 5.2 seconds to go, giving ODU a 78-77 lead and victory.
ODU held a decisive, 38-15 edge in bench points and went 21-of-28 (75 percent) from the three-point line.
Freshman Sam Hickey (Toledo, Ohio) led Ohio Dominican with 21 points on 5-of-11 shooting from behind the arc. Waugh scored 19 points and recorded a game-high seven assists. Hoyng finished with 11 points, shooting 4-of-5 from the field and 2-of-3 from three-point range, also recording seven rebounds. Varence tallied nine points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes. Junior Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio) scored seven points and recorded a season-high three steals, and junior Mike DeLeon (Powell, Ohio) scored five points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Panthers.
Ohio Dominican will look for its third-straight win on Saturday when it hosts Northwood in a GLIAC contest at 3 p.m. at Alumni Hall.
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