COLUMBUS, Ohio – Juniors Sam Hickey (Toledo, Ohio) and Hasan Varence (Queens, New York) each scored their 1,000th points in a 78-47 win over Trevecca Nazarene in a Great Midwest Athletic Conference contest Saturday afternoon in Alumni Hall.
Hickey and Varence were the first juniors to reach 1,000 career points since Mike Fiebig in 2004.
The Panthers were led by Hickey who scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds while Varence notched his seventh straight double-double scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Also in double-figures for the Panthers were sophomores Matt King (Mason, Ohio) with 12 points and five rebounds and Tahj Curry (Fort Wayne, Indiana) with 11 points. Senior Ben Casanova (Sylvania, Ohio) came off the bench to score 12 points and grab six rebounds.
Fellow junior Michael Scott (Hebron, Kentucky) dished out seven assists in the contest as he has at least five assists in five of the last seven games including two straight with seven.
The first half saw Hickey earn his 1,000th point at the 14:50 mark on his second three of the afternoon and saw Varence score his 1,000th at the 12:10 mark on an old-fashioned three point play. Varence's three point play gave the Panthers a 13-3 advantage.
Trevecca cut their deficit to eight at 16-8 but a 20-5 run for the Panthers closed the half and sent the Panthers to the locker room with a 36-13 advantage.
The ODU defense held the Trojans to just 4-of-22 shooting (18.2%) in the half while ODU was 13-for-33 (39.4%) in the first 20 minutes.
The Panthers got their lead up to 35 in the second half which would be there largest as the closest the Trojans would get the rest of the way was 25.
Trevecca was led by Jaylon Tharpe with 17 points and 10 rebounds while Austin Wills had 12.
The Panther defense held Trevecca to just 34% shooting (18-for-53) and 22.2% from three (6-for-27). ODU shot 44.6% from the floor (29-for-65) and 41.2% from three (14-for-34).
ODU advances to 12-6 overall and 7-3 in the conference while Trevecca drops to 1-13 overall and 1-8 in the G-MAC.
The Panthers hit the road next week as they continue G-MAC play with a matchup at Cedarville set for Thursday, January 24 with tip set for 7:45 p.m.