TIFFIN, Ohio -- Senior Matt King (Mason, Ohio) tied a career scoring high, but a second half scoring slump proved costly for Ohio Dominican men's basketball in an 83-62 loss at Tiffin Saturday afternoon.
Saturday marked the first Great Midwest Athletic Conference game for both sides, as the loss drops ODU to 0-2 overall. Tiffin won its season opener for the first time since the 2017-18 campaign, which saw the Dragons top the Panthers 71-67.
King scored 10 of his team-high 19 points in the second half, as he and sophomore Sean Marks (Delaware, Ohio) combined for 20 of ODU's 30 points in the final 20 minutes. King added eight rebounds and three assists.
Fresh off a career-high 23 points Thursday night, Marks finished with 17 points against the Dragons. The sophomore guard also set career highs in rebounds, eight, and assists, five.
Freshman Zach Szul (Waterville, Ohio) tallied 12 of his 14 points in the first half, as he recorded double digits in the scoring column for the first time in his collegiate career. Szul also led the Black & Gold with three steals. Sophomore Ethan Haynes (Florence, Ky.) paced the Panthers with nine rebounds.
Ohio Dominican netted nine of its first 11 field goal attempts, but early second chance opportunities allowed the Dragons to take a 20-19 lead nine minutes into play. Szul made his first four attempts to score nine of ODU's first 19 points.
The strong shooting continued for ODU for most of the first half, but Tiffin led 36-32 at the break. The Panthers finished the first 20 minutes 14-of-25 from the field (.560).
A three-point play from Marks kept the Panther deficit at four points, 44-40, early in the second half. Tiffin though, quickly pushed the advantage to double digits after making three consecutive shots from behind the arc.
The Dragons were 10-of-19 from three-point range in the second stanza, which allowed them to lead by as many as 25 points down the stretch. The Panthers cooled off from the field over the final 20 minutes, shooting 24.5 percent.
Ohio Dominican returns to Columbus next week, when the Panthers are scheduled to host two games inside Alumni Hall. ODU opens the stretch against last season's G-MAC regular season champion, Hillsdale, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10.
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