Panthers Deny Yellow Jackets in Overtime Thriller, 62-57

Ethan Haynes (Photo by Sam Fahmi)
Ethan Haynes (Photo by Sam Fahmi)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican men's basketball team outlasted Cedarville in overtime Tuesday evening, 62-57.

With the win, the Panthers, who led for nearly 32 minutes, improve to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the G-MAC. Cedarville entered the contest averaging 98.0 points per game and the loss drops them to 1-2 overall and in conference play.

Ohio Dominican received a career-high 25 points from redshirt sophomore Ethan Haynes (Florence, Ky.), who also added six rebounds. Haynes netted 10-of-16 field goal attempts and made 5-of-9 tries from behind the arc.

Senior Matt King (Mason, Ohio) played all 45 minutes en route to his second career double-double and first of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Matt Hall (Evanston, Ill.) also corralled 10 boards to tie for the team high. Tuesday marked the second time in four games this season that ODU had multiple players with double-digit rebounds.

Pacing the Panthers with a career-high eight assists was sophomore Sean Marks (Delaware, Ohio). Freshman Zach Szul (Waterville, Ohio) pitched in eight points and four assists.

Ohio Dominican enjoyed scoring runs of six, seven, and eight consecutive points in the first half, with the last giving ODU a 29-21 advantage. Despite being outscored by 14 points in the paint, the Panthers used an 18-0 scoring advantage behind the arc to take a 30-23 lead into the intermission.

The Black & Gold led for most of the second half, but a Cedarville layup at the 8:05 mark tied the contest at 41-all. Each side added a basket before the next media timeout, 6:49, leaving the game in a 43-43 stalemate.

After ODU took a brief one-point advantage, the Yellow Jackets rattled off five consecutive points to take their largest lead of the game, four points, at 48-44. A triple from Haynes on the next possession though brought the Panthers within one point with 4:15 remaining.

Defense was the story all night for the Panthers, who held CU 41 points below its season scoring average. Cedarville made just two field goals in the final 4:38 of regulation, but the last came on an offensive rebound put back to tie the game at 52-52 with 19 seconds to play.

King, who had given the Panthers a 51-50 lead with less than one minute remaining, was able to get loose for an open three-point attempt, but his shot fell off to the left as time expired with the game locked at 52-52.

On the first possession of the overtime session, Marks converted a three-point play to give ODU the lead. The Panthers never trailed in the overtime period, but needed a three-pointer from Haynes at the 2:35 mark to capture a 58-55 advantage.

Trailing 58-57, Cedarville had possession and a chance to take the lead with 18 seconds remaining. Szul though, swiped one of his two steals in the game and made four free throws in the final five seconds to give the Panthers their first home win over Cedarville in their Division II era.

Including the final 4:38 of regulation, ODU forced Cedarville into 3-for-12 shooting over the final 9:38 of game action.

Cedarville was held to 37.5 percent shooting (24-64) and did not make any of its 15 three-point attempts. Tuesday's game marked the first time in 280 games ODU shutout an opponent from behind the arc.

Head coach Kelly Winter met with Voice of the Panthers, Todd Bell, postgame to discuss his team's effort.

As a result to shutting down the Yellow Jackets behind the three-point line, the Panthers outscored CU 24-0 from deep. ODU finished the contest 22-of-58 from the field (.379).

Ohio Dominican will look to continue its winning ways when the team welcomes Trevecca Nazarene for a 5 p.m. tip-off on Monday, Jan. 11.

Contact: Tyler Jester