Men’s Basketball Looks To Secure Best Start Since 2006-07

Men’s Basketball Looks To Secure Best Start Since 2006-07

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By Sports Information Intern Kristopher Knight

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team will look to start a season 3-0 for the first time in its Division II era and for the first time since the 2006-07 season on Saturday, November 19 at 3 p.m., as it welcomes St. Joseph's (Ind.) to Alumni Hall.

Following their contest with St. Joseph's, the Panthers will travel to Wright State for an exhibition game at the Ervin J. Nutter Center on Monday, November 21 at 7 p.m.

About Ohio Dominican

The hot-shooting Panthers (2-0, 0-0 GLIAC) are coming off a 23-point victory over Seton Hill on Tuesday, defeating the Griffins 96-73. The squad shot a sizzling 59.6 percent in the contest, going 52 percent from behind the arc on the evening. The junior backcourt tandem of Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio) and Shemar Waugh (Columbus, Ohio) led the way, with Williams recording 22 points and five rebounds and Waugh dropping 20 points and seven assists.  Sophomore Ben Casanova (Sylvania, Ohio) also chipped in 10 points with a career-high eight rebounds on the night.

So far on the season, the Panther offense is leading the GLIAC in scoring (91 points per game), assists per game (19.5), field goal percentage (55.3 percent) and rank second in three-point field goals (13.0) and three-point field goal percentage (50 percent). 

Waugh's 7.5 assists per game lead the GLIAC and have him ranked ninth overall in NCAA Division II.  Williams' strong start has him fourth in the conference in scoring (20.5 points per game), eighth in assists per game (four), and 10th in three-point field goal percentage (46.7 percent).  Freshman Sam Hickey (Toledo, Ohio) is second in the GLIAC in three-point field goal percentage (62.5 percent), with junior Adam Cytlak (Van Buren, Ohio) ranking sixth in the GLIAC in three-point field goal percentage (54.5 percent) and eighth in defensive rebounds per game (5.5).

About St. Joseph's (Ind.)

St. Joseph's College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts institution located in Rennselaer, Indiana.  The school has an enrollment of approximately 2,000 students. The Pumas were picked to finish eighth in the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division in the preseason coaches' poll after finishing last season with a 9-19 record.

The Pumas (1-1, 0-0 GLVC) are coming off a last second, 81-80 loss to No. 4 Saginaw Valley on Tuesday.  They are led by junior guard Eric Gillespie who is averaging 24 points per game and is shooting 58.8 percent from three-point range on the year. Sophomore guard C.J. Hardaway chips in 14.5 points per game, and forward Nick Jeffirs leads the way in the post with 8.5 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game.

Last year, the Pumas defeated ODU 74-67 in Rennselaer, Indiana behind Jeffirs' 19 points. Former ODU standout Trent Weaver led the Panthers with 20 points and 13 rebounds, with Waugh notching 15 points, five assists and four rebounds in the game.

Matchup Details

ODU will face St. Joseph's at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Alumni Hall. The Pumas hold a 1-0 all-time record against the XX.

About Wright State

Wright State University (2-0, 0-0 HL) is a Division I public research institution located in Fairborn, Ohio, with an enrollment of approximately 18,000 students. The Raiders were picked to finish fifth in the Horizon League in the preseason coaches' poll after finishing last year with a 22-13 record.

The Raiders are coming off an 89-87 victory over Miami (OH) on Tuesday, led by junior guard Mark Alstork's 29 points. Alstork is leading the team thus far, averaging 29.5 points per game, with senior forward Steven Davis averaging 21 points per game. Junior guard Justin Mitchell is averaging 11.5 points per game and leading the team with nine rebounds per contest.

Matchup Details

ODU will take on Wright State on Monday, November 21 at 7 p.m. on ESPN3 in its second and final exhibition contest of the season. The Panthers last played at Wright State in 2014,with the Raiders winning the exhibition contest, 76-64.

Contact: Aaron McPherson
mcphersa@ohiodominican.edu