FINDLAY, Ohio – The Ohio Dominican men's basketball team couldn't stop a hot-shooting Findlay squad as the Panthers fell 91-71 on Thursday night in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match.
The Oilers (16-4; 12-4 GLIAC) jumped to an 8-3 lead in the opening minutes thanks to a pair of three's by Greg Kahlig and a basket by Alphonso Baity. The Panthers (5-15; 3-13 GLIAC) put together a string of baskets to cut the lead to one, 8-7 thanks to a basket by sophomore Mark Minch (West Chester, Ohio) with 17:21 remaining in the first half.
Findlay went up 12-7, but a three-point basket by freshman Reece Dils (Saline, Mich.) put the Panthers within two with 15:10 remaining. The Oilers used a 5-2 run to go up 17-12 at the first media timeout.
A trip to the charity stripe from Minch cut the lead back down to three, 17-14 after the timeout, but the Oilers responded with another run, leading the Panthers 27-19 with 9:31 to play.
Out of the timeout, freshman Melran Leach (Shaker Heights, Ohio) drove to the basket, cutting into the deficit, 27-21. A three by senior Ledarius Stennis (Moss Point, MS) cut the lead back down to five, 29-24 with 8:51 on the game clock.
At the 2:57 mark, Findlay led 43-29 lead. Another triple by Stennis cut the lead to 15, 47-32. Neither team could find the bottom of the basket would, keeping the score the same until the break.
After the break, Findlay continued its hot shooting. The opening minutes saw the lead extended to 15 at 51-36. The Panthers slowly chipped away at that lead, cutting it down to 11, 55-44 after a Dils three-point basket and 15:49 on the game clock.
Using a 10-2 run, Findlay took a commanding 65-46 lead with 11:38 to play in the second half. Sophomore Chad Nelson's (Columbus, Ohio) free throws made the score 67-48 and two three-point goals by junior Jesse Ward (North Pole, Alaska) made the score 67-54 with 7:46 to play.
ODU cut the lead down to 15, 75-60 with 5:29 to play, but a hot-shooting Oiler squad kept the Panther charge at bay.
Ward ended the night with a career-high 17 points and six rebounds. Nelson added 13 points, and a career-high nine assists, while Minch chipped in 10 points.
Ohio Dominican will stay on the road this weekend, traveling to Hillsdale on Saturday, Feb. 8 for a 3 p.m. contest.
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