COLUMBUS - The Ohio Dominican Panthers men's basketball team used a second half comeback as the Panthers stormed back for a 94-87 win over the Salem Tigers on Wednesday (Jan. 18) at Alumni Hall.
The Panthers outscored the Tigers 54-40 in the second half, snapping a three-game skid in the non-conference finale. Ohio Dominican is now 6-11 overall for the season after scoring a season-high 94 points.
BOX SCORE NOTES
- Zach Szul (Waterville, Ohio) went on a second half tear for the Panthers as he scored a game-high 25 points on eight-of-17 shooting. The junior scored 19 points in the second half alone, making six-of-11 shots from the floor. He was eight-of-eight at the free throw line, including making six straight in the second half. He added six rebounds and five assists. He has a team-high 12 double-digit scoring games, five games of 20+ points and 11 games with at least three dimes.
- For the fourth time this season and third consecutive contest, Jarius Jones (Gahanna, Ohio) scored at least 20 points as he finished with 21 points total. Jones had a stat line of seven-of-13 shooting overall and seven-of-11 at the free throw line. He led all Panthers with seven rebounds.
- Sean Marks (Delaware, Ohio) paced the Panthers in the first period with 12 of his 14 points as he shot five-of-nine overall with a pair of three pointers. He dished out four assists as well.
- Ethan Haynes (Florence, Kentucky) joined Szul for the second half as he scored all 16 of his points in the second half. Haynes made four three pointers out of five attempts and closed out with a perfect four-of-four free throw makes. He grabbed five rebounds, all on defense.
- Keshawn Heard (Newark, Ohio) made all four free throw tries in a six-point effort with six boards and one block.
- Mike Knoll (Medina, Ohio) made both shots on the night, including one three pointer to score a season-best five points.
- Caleb Laurich (Akron, Ohio) came off the bench with two free throws and four rebounds.
- Ohio Dominican shot 50.8% for the game, the second time that ODU has reached the 50% threshold this year.
- The Panthers had a final clip of 30-of-59 shooting.
- After shooting 43.8% (14-32) in the first half, the Panthers hit 16-of-27 second half shots for a 59.3% field goal percentage.
- The Panthers made eight three pointers, tying the Tigers in three-point makes but led the three-point field goal percentage category, 38.1% to 33.3%.
- In a game with a lot of free throws, the Panthers shot 76.5% (26-34) at the charity stripe while Salem was 78.1% (25-32).
- ODU set season-highs with free throws made and attempted.
- The Tigers won the rebounding category 39-38.
- Ohio Dominican won their 3rd game when trailing at halftime out of 13 chances.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The first five minutes of the game saw four ties with the game tied 12-12 off of a Marks three pointer. Salem scored four straight points to take a 16-12 lead with 13:59 left in the first half.
- ODU went on an 8-0 run with four different players scoring for a 20-16 lead with 11:25 left.
- Salem took the lead at 23-22 and pushed the lead to as many as 31-26 at the 6:56 mark.
- Laurich capped an 8-2 Panther run with a pair of free throws to pull ODU ahead 34-33 with 4:21 remaining.
- The Tigers ended the first half outscoring ODU 14-6 as they took a 47-40 lead into halftime.
- Coming out of halftime, the Panthers fueled forward on a run to cut the lead to one twice.
- With 16:52 left, Salem got a technical foul after a three pointer as they sat with a 54-50 lead.
- Szul made both technical free throws and followed with a three pointer, setting off on a mini 5-0 lead to take a 55-54 lead in a matter of less than 30 seconds.
- The teams exchanged the lead three times before Haynes put the Panthers ahead 62-60 on a three with 12:49 left.
- ODU would not relinquish the lead as they gained a lead as many as ten over the final 13 minutes.
- The Panthers won 94-87 over the Tigers in a battle of paws and claws.
The Panthers will return to conference play while they host the reigning G-MAC champion Walsh Cavaliers on Saturday (Jan. 21) at 3:00 PM.
Contact: Tyler Stotsky