Men's Basketball Heads to Cedarville for Don Callan Classic

Arius Jones (Photo by: Zoie Fisher)
Arius Jones (Photo by: Zoie Fisher)

Game Notes

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's men's basketball heads to the Don Callan Classic this Friday and Saturday hosted by Cedarville University.

The Panthers matchup with a pair of NAIA schools in Shawnee State and Campbellsville-Somerset. Each game for Friday and Saturday is set for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off at Cedarville.

About Ohio Dominican

The Panthers split their opening weekend as they defeated Wayne State by a score of 92-79 at Alumni Hall on Friday night before dropping a road contest at Ashland by a score of 66-60 on Sunday.

Friday night saw juniors Sam Hickey (Toledo, Ohio) and Hasan Varence (Queens, New York) each drop 27 points in the season-opener.

ODU had no offensive struggles in that contest as they shot 54.1% from the floor and 48% from distance making 12 threes total.

Freshman Arius Jones (Fort Wayne, Indiana) stuffed the stat sheet on Friday posting eight points with five rebounds, five assists and four steals in his collegiate debut.

Sophomore Matt King (Mason, Ohio) also set a career high in the win over Wayne State posting 11 points on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting.

In the loss at Ashland, the Panthers struggled offensively as they shot just 39.3% and 33.3% from distance.

Sophomore Tahj Curry (Fort Wayne, Indiana) and senior Ryan Hoyng (Celina, Ohio) each set career highs in scoring with 16 and 14 points, respectively.

Offensively, ODU is averaging 76 points per game and shooting 46.7% from the floor and 40.8% from distance. Varence is leading the offense with 18 points per game and nine rebounds while Hickey is averaging 17.5 points per game in the early season.

Defensively, ODU is giving up 72.5 points per game while allowing the opponent to shoot 44.5% from the floor but just 34.4% from behind the arc.

About Shawnee State

Shawnee State comes into the contest with a 3-0 record so far in the early season.

The Bears are averaging 87.0 points per game while having a +15 margin in rebounds per game.

Defensively, SSU is giving up 76.3 points per game while allowing the opponent to shoot just 41% from the floor.

EJ Onu leads the Bears as he is averaging 15.7 points per game along with 8.7 rebounds per contest. Onu also has eight blocks so far in the early season.

SSU also has four other players averaging 10 or more points per game including Juwan Grant who is averaging 11 points while grabbing eight rebounds per contest.

About Campbellsville-Somerset

Somerset comes into the week with an 0-1 record after a 70-67 loss to Cleveland State Community College.

Offensively, the Tigers were led by Hunter Stevens and Meith Reclow who had 16 and 15 points respectively.

Somerset shot just 40% from the floor and 30% from behind the arc.

Defensively, the Somerset allowed their opponent to shoot 50% from the floor but just 15.8% from distance.

Somerset will play the host, Cedarville, on Friday.