GREENSBURG, Pa. — A 31-14 run in the first half set the tone and powered Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team to a 93-63 win over Seton Hill on Wednesday night in a non-conference matchup at Salvitti Gymnasium inside the McKenna Center.
The Panthers (1-2, 0-0 G-MAC) shot 42.3 percent from three-point range and notched 22 points off Seton Hill turnovers in their highest scoring output of the year in their first victory of 2017-18. ODU committed 41 turnovers in its first two contests, but gave away possession just nine times on Wednesday night. Ohio Dominican outrebounded its opponent for the third-straight game to start the season, holding a 43-32 advantage over SHU on the glass. The Panthers also held a 15-4 edge in fastbreak points over the Griffins.
Senior Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio) led ODU with 19 points and surpassed the 1,000 career point mark, becoming the 24th Panther to hit the 1,000 point mark in scoring. Notching his season-high was sophomore forward Hasan Varence (Queens, New York), who scored 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting and also pulled down a team-high eight boards. Sophomore point guard Cam Brandon (Bedford, Ohio) notched a career-high eight points in eight minutes, while seniors Mike DeLeon (Powell, Ohio) and Adam Cytlak (Van Buren, Ohio) each pitched in with nine points for the Panthers.
Ohio Dominican held a 14-12 lead at the 11:33 mark of the first half, and a jumper by Brandon sparked a 31-14 run to end the first half. Leading 24-14, Varence jammed home a dunk to increase the Ohio Dominican lead to 26-14 with 7:42 to go in the half and cap off an initial burst of 12-2. Then leading 29-18, Williams hit another three-pointer to increase the Panther lead to 32-18. Two free throws by DeLeon and a three-pointer by Cytlak helped ODU open up a 37-18 advantage with 5:04 left in the first frame, and Ohio Dominican took a 45-26 lead into the break.
In the second half, Williams hit 1,000 points for his career. With 14:39 remaining in the second half, Williams drove to his right and connected on a floater in the lane to hit the 1,000-point mark and give Ohio Dominican a 57-32 lead.
The Panthers outscored the Griffins 48-37 in the second half and led at one time by as many as 33, coasting to their largest win since a 101-67 win over Northwood on January 7, 2017.
ODU will look to carry its momentum into contests with Purdue Northwest and Lewis in the Hillsdale Lanes Thanksgiving Classic next Tuesday and Wednesday.
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