Comeback Falls Short as Men's Basketball Falls to Grand Valley St.

Sean Marks (Photo by: Ralph Schudel)
Sean Marks (Photo by: Ralph Schudel)

CEDARVILLE, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team dropped a nonconference contest with Grand Valley St. by a final score of 75-69 Saturday afternoon on the second day of the Don Callan Classic hosted by Cedarville.

Seniors Michael Scott (Hebron, Ky.) and Hasan Varence (Queens, New York) led the way for the Panthers scoring 19 and 18 points, respectively. Varence also grabbed nine rebounds in the contest. The Panthers were able to get a boost off the bench from freshmen Sean Marks (Delaware, Ohio) who scored a career-high 16 points while Alek West (Sylvania, Ohio) had nine points.

After an early 5-2 lead for the Panthers, GVSU would answer would answer quickly with a 10-0 run to open a 12-5 lead with 15:38 remaining in the first half. ODU would answer with a 12-2 run of their own to take a 17-14 lead capped by a Scott layup.

With the score 25-24 in favor of the Panthers with 3:44 remaining in the half, the Lakers would close the half on an 11-2 run to take a 35-27 lead into the half.

Grand Valley extended their lead to 10 and maintained the lead up to 53-41 with 10:15 remaining in the contest. ODU would answer with a 13-2 run of their own to cut the deficit to one at 55-54. Marks and West each had five points to spark the run and Varence also chipped in a three of his own during the stretch.

GVSU (5-1) would once again answer the Panther run with a 7-0 run of their own to regain an eight point edge at 62-54 with 3:37 remaining in the contest. Back-to-back threes from Scott once again cut the Panther deficit to two at 62-60 but a pair of Laker buckets did not allow the Panthers too push through.

Grand Valley maintained possession and took advantage of the Panther press to steal some layups on the offensive end to capture the win.

ODU shot just 41% from the floor while GVSU shot 50% while making 12-of-15 from the line.

Jake Van tubbergen led GVSU with a double-double scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds while Christian Negron chipped in 12 points.

The Panthers, now 2-4 on the season, head out to Missouri to play Missouri St. Louis on Tuesday and Maryville (Mo.) on Wednesday before the Thanksgiving break.