COLUMBUS, Ohio – Following an 85-75 victory over Walsh on Saturday at Alumni Hall, Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team will look to maintain its momentum when it travels to Hillsdale on Saturday and hosts Lake Erie on Monday in GLIAC South contests.
ODU will travel to Hillsdale on Saturday for a 3 p.m. contest against the Chargers at Dawn Tibbetts Potter Arena before returning home to Alumni Hall to face the Lake Erie Storm on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. Monday night's contest against Lake Erie is "Middle School Night" at Alumni Hall.
About Ohio Dominican
The Panthers (11-7, 6-6 GLIAC) are having their most successful season since 2007-08 when the squad held an 11-7 record at the 18-game mark of the season. ODU fell 72-69 at Findlay last Thursday night before bouncing back with an 85-75 win at Alumni Hall over Walsh on Saturday night. ODU's win over Walsh tied last season's overall win total of 11 for the squad, and three more GLIAC victories this season will set the program's record for most GLIAC wins in a single season since Ohio Dominican joined the conference in 2010-11. Currently, the Panthers sit fourth in the GLIAC South Division and will seek to qualify for the GLIAC Men's Basketball Tournament for the first time.
ODU is 7-2 this season at Alumni Hall and dating back to last season, the Panthers have won nine out of their last 11 home contests. Currently, Ohio Dominican is holding opponents to 42.4 percent shooting from the field to rank third in the GLIAC in field goal percentage defense, while also holding the opposition to 29.9 percent shooting from behind the arc, the best mark in the GLIAC in three-point field goal percentage defense. Leading the charge defensively for the Panthers is junior Shemar Waugh (Columbus, Ohio), who is tied for eighth in the conference in steals with 25 on the season.
Ohio Dominican boasts a balanced offensive attack, with three players averaging in double figures, and in their latest contest against Walsh, six Panthers finished in double figures in scoring.
Junior Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio) averages a team-best 13.3 points per game while also ranking third on the team in assists per game (3.2).
Freshman Hasan Varence (Queens, New York) anchors the middle for the Panthers, averaging 12.6 points per game on 59.6 percent shooting from the field and 47.4 percent shooting from three-point range (9-of-19). Varence posted 16 points and eight rebounds in Ohio Dominican's 85-75 win over the Cavaliers on Saturday.
Off the bench, freshman Sam Hickey (Toledo, Ohio) is averaging 11.7 points per game on 48.6 percent shooting from behind the arc, ranking second in the GLIAC and 15th in NCAA Division II in three-point field goal percentage.
Junior Mike DeLeon (Powell, Ohio) averages 7.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, shooting a red-hot 64.4 percent from the field this season, which ranks second in the GLIAC in field goal percentage.
The Chargers (8-10, 4-8 GLIAC) travel to Lake Erie on Thursday to take on the Storm before hosting Ohio Dominican on Saturday afternoon. In their most recent contest, the Chargers defeated Tiffin 80-62, holding the Dragons to 33.3 percent shooting and 21.1 percent shooting from the three-point line.
As a team, the Chargers rank third in the GLIAC in free throw percentage (76.2 percent) and are also fifth in the GLIAC in scoring defense, holding opponents to 71.6 points per game.
Junior guard Stedman Lowry leads the Chargers in scoring, averaging 15.4 points per game on 46 percent shooting from the field and 42.6 percent shooting from three-point range.
Sophomore guard Nate Neveau averages 4.4 assists per game to rank second in the GLIAC in assists per contest.
Hillsdale holds a 7-1 advantage over the Panthers all-time. ODU last defeated Hillsdale on Saturday, January 18, 2014 by a final score of 57-55 at Alumni Hall.
About Lake Erie
The Storm (3-17, 2-10 GLIAC) will face Hillsdale on Thursday before traveling to Alumni Hall to take on the Panthers on Monday night.
Lake Erie ranks eighth in the league in steals per game at 6.2 per contest and average 10.3 offensive rebounds per game, 10th in the GLIAC.
Senior guard Sean Howard leads the Storm in scoring at 15.9 points per game. Freshman guard Gabe Kynard averages 10.2 points per contest, and sophomore guard Brogan Scott chips in 10.0 points per game.
Lake Erie leads the all-time series over Ohio Dominican, 12-6, but the Panthers and Storm have split the season series with one another the past two seasons.
Contact: Aaron McPherson