Men's Basketball Survives Scare From AB at Home; Varence Records Second Straight 20 Rebound Game

Hasan Varence (Photo by: Joe Maiorana)
Hasan Varence (Photo by: Joe Maiorana)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team survived a Great Midwest Athletic conference battle with Alderson Broaddus with a final score of 74-70.

Junior Hasan Varence (Queens, New York) notched his second consecutive 20 rebound game as he pulled down 21 rebounds and added 19 points to lead the Panthers to the win.

Also in double-figures for the Panthers was junior Sam Hickey (Toledo, Ohio) with 16, senior Michael Simon (Hilliard, Ohio) with 12 as he nailed four consecutive three pointers in the first half and sophomore Tahj Curry (Fort Wayne, Indiana) with 11.  

The first half was back-and-forth as there were six lead changes and four ties.

ODU got out to an 8-3 lead and a 19-4 run for the Battlers gave them a 22-12 advantage with 10:33 remaining in the half.

Four straight threes from Simon and four straight stops for the Panther defense gave ODU a 24-22 lead at the 9:00 minute mark.

The teams traded baskets back and forth the rest of the half as the Panthers led 40-38 headed to the locker room at halftime.

Varence notched his second consecutive double-double with a pair of rebounds and a layup within the first three and a half minutes of the second half.

With the score tied at 42-42 with 17:52 remaining, ODU gained a slight advantage holding a 54-53 with 10:06 remaining.

ODU then went on an 11-3 run to take a nine point lead at 65-56 led by five straight points from Shawn Moore (Indianapolis, Indiana) and capped with a Varence alley-oop dunk from Ryan Hoyng (Celina, Ohio).

The Battlers would then go on a 11-2 run for themselves to tie the game at 67 with 1:49 remaining.

A three point shot in the corner from Hickey gave the Panthers a 70-67 lead but the Battlers answered with a three of their own to tie the game back up.

Varence and Michael Scott (Hebron, Kentucky) each made a pair of free throws to clinch the game for the Panthers.

ODU goes into the break with an 8-3 overall record and a 4-1 G-MAC record while AB drops to 5-5 overall and 2-2 in the conference.

The Panthers go into the holiday break and do not play again until Wednesday, January 2 at West Virginia State with tip set for 7:30 p.m.