COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team held a 35-34 at halftime of a Great Midwest Athletic Conference game against Findlay on Wednesday night in Alumni Hall, but the Oilers outscored Ohio Dominican 56-27 in the second half to earn a 90-62 victory.
The Panthers (6-4, 2-2 G-MAC) shot 56.5 percent in the first half, but UF flipped the script in the final 20 minutes, shooting 56.8 percent on 21-of-37 field goals in the second half while also holding ODU to 36.7 percent shooting from the floor.
Ohio Dominican was led by sophomore forward Hasan Varence (Queens, New York), who notched a team-high 16 points and 12 rebounds, his second double-double of the season and eighth of his career. Senior guard Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio) scored 12 points and shot 4-of-6 from three-point range in the first half. Senior point guard Shemar Waugh (Columbus, Ohio) recorded 10 points and six assists, his seventh game of five assists or more on the year.
With a fast start to begin the game, ODU opened up an early 9-3 lead at the 17:25 mark of the first half. Williams hit a three-pointer on an assist from Waugh, giving the Panthers what would be their largest lead of the game. A back-and-forth first half saw Ohio Dominican take a 35-34 lead into the locker room. ODU shot 13-of-25 in the first half on 10 assists and connected on seven three-pointers, limiting Findlay to 13-of-28 shooting.
But UF surged ahead in the second half, going on a 38-14 run over the first 11 minutes of the final period. The Oilers held the Panthers to 11-of-30 shooting in the second half, including 2-of-12 from three-point range to earn a 90-62 win.
Ohio Dominican travels to Hillsdale on Saturday for a Great Midwest contest at 3 p.m. before hosting West Virginia State in non-conference action on Monday, December 18.
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