Men’s Basketball Falls Just Short At No. 21 Findlay, 73-66

Photo credit Kyle Niermann, University of Findlay Athletics
Photo credit Kyle Niermann, University of Findlay Athletics

FINDLAY, Ohio — Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team fell just shy of an upset bid at No. 21 Findlay, falling 73-66 inside a packed Croy Gymnasium on Tuesday evening in a Great Midwest Athletic Conference clash.

There were 11 lead changes in the game and ODU was within striking distance late in the contest. Trailing 66-59 with 3:03 remaining, sophomore forward Hasan Varence (Queens, New York) connected on a layup assisted by junior Ben Casanova (Sylvania, Ohio) to cut the Panther deficit to 66-61. After a forced turnover on the defensive end, sophomore Sam Hickey (Toledo, Ohio) made two free throws after being fouled in the act of shooting to bring ODU within three, 66-63 with 1:28 to go.

But Martyce Kimbrough would connect on a three-pointer with the shot clock set to expire on Findlay's next possession, pushing the Oilers ahead by six with 58 seconds to go, closing the door on an ODU comeback.

The Panthers held Findlay to 45.5 percent shooting from the field and limited the Oilers to 33.3 percent shooting from behind the arc. ODU assisted on 17 made shots and went 10-of-21 from three-point range, marking the best three-point shooting in a Great Midwest game for the Panthers at 47.6 percent.

Varence led the way for Ohio Dominican, scoring 20 points and pulling down seven rebounds. Hickey recorded 13 points, while sophomore Ryan Hoyng (Celina, Ohio) notched 10 points in his first career start.

Ohio Dominican (7-7, 2-5 G-MAC) will return to Alumni Hall this Saturday to host Cedarville at 1 p.m.

Contact: Aaron McPherson