Panthers and Cavaliers Set to Close Season Series

Panthers huddle during a timeout (Photo: Daniel Herlensky)
Panthers huddle during a timeout (Photo: Daniel Herlensky)

COLUMBUS - Following the final non-conference contest earlier this week, the Ohio Dominican Panthers men's basketball team will host the Walsh Cavaliers on Sunbury Road on Saturday (Jan. 21). 

Game Notes (Game 18 - Walsh) (PDF)

OPENING TIPOFF

  • Ohio Dominican snapped a three-game losing slide with a 94-87 win over Salem on Wednesday. ODU scored a season-high 94 points in the game and 54 points in the second half. Four players scored in double-figures overall. 
  • Jarius Jones (Gahanna, Ohio) scored 20 points for the third straight game, totaling 21. He made seven (of 13) field goals and seven (of 11) free throws with seven rebounds. For the season, Jones has scored 11.6 points per game with a team-high 5.5 rebounds. 
  • Zach Szul (Waterville, Ohio) led the team with his 12th game in double figures, scoring 25 points. He scored 19 points in the 2nd half alone, including six consecutive free throws. In the game, he was eight-of-eight with six rebounds and five assists. Overall, Szul leads the team with 15.1 points and 3.2 assists per game. In conference games, Szul is scoring 16.9 points per game (3rd in the G-MAC) and has made 37-of-40 free throws (92.5% - best in the league). Entering play Saturday, Szul has 886 career points, putting him 114 short of the 1,000 point plateau. 
  • Ethan Haynes (Florence, Kentucky) made four threes for 12 points, giving him three games with at least four three pointers. He is shooting .514 (18-35) from three as a starter (8 games), compared to .179 (5-28) off the bench (eight games).
  • Sean Marks (Delaware, Ohio) scored 14 points with 12 in the first half, going five-of-nine overall and making two threes. He leads the team with 24 threes. 
  • In the month of January, Zach Szul and Jarius Jones are tied for second in the G-MAC with 18.0 points per game. Jones is 8th in rebounding (5.75 RPG) and Szul is a perfect 19-of-19 at the free throw line. 
  • Ohio Dominican is 6-5 at home this season, averaging 70.4 points per game compared to 0-6 on the road and scoring 56.8 points per game. They shoot .432 from the floor and .337 from three in Alumni Hall. 
  • In ten games within the G-MAC, Ohio Dominican is 4th with 77 three pointers and 6th in three-point % (.316). 
  • The Panthers have started nine different lineups in 17 games with no lineup starting more than four games. 11 players on the roster have started at least one game with injuries plaguing ODU. With the current starting five, that group is 1-2 so far. 
  • Ohio Dominican is 3-16 against Walsh in the Division II era and have lost eight in a row against the Cavaliers. ODU is 4-5 at Alumni Hall against Walsh. In the first matchup in December, Walsh won their 18th straight contest over ODU at Alumni Arena, 65-41. 

ABOUT THE CAVALIERS

  • Walsh comes to Sunbury Road with a 10-7 overall record and a 7-3 conference mark. 
  • Following an 0-2 Florida trip in December, Walsh won five straight G-MAC games before Cedarville snapped the streak with a 72-65 win. Since a 2-2 G-MAC start, Walsh is 5-1 in the conference. 
  • Tim Smith Jr. is the leading scorer for the Cavaliers with 16.2 points per game and is 6th in the conference in scoring. Smith Jr. has five double-doubles this season and averages 8.1 rebounds per contest, 3rd in the league. He has six 20-point games and eight 10-rebound contests. 
  • Garrison Keeslar holds a 14.3 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 5.7 APG, 1.9 SPG mark in ten games this season after missing time with an injury.
  • Quentin Toles has scored 12.8 points per game with a team-high 29 threes in only ten games.
  • Nic Smith has scored at least 20 points twice this month as he is averaging 18.0 points in January. 
    Walsh averages 70.2 points scored, 38.1 rebounds on offense and is shooting .411 overall (.330 from deep). The opposition is scoring 61.2 points per game, grabbing 31.9 rebounds and holding a .417 clip shooting (.319 from three). 
  • The Cavaliers lead the G-MAC in scoring defense (61.2), turnover margin (+4.2), turnovers per game (9.4) and offensive rebounds per game (12.5). They are 4th in Division II for turnovers per game. 
  • Head coach Jeff Young is in his 20th season at Walsh. He sits 6th among active Division II head coaches with a .754 winning percentage (min. 5 seasons).

UP NEXT

Ohio Dominican heads on a two-week road swing with three straight games away from Alumni Hall. The first game of the trip is at Findlay on January 28th at 3:00 PM. 

Contact: Tyler Stotsky
stotskyt@ohiodominican.edu