COLUMBUS, Ohio — Coming off a 62-59 win at Grand Valley State on a buzzer-beating three-point shot by sophomore Michael Simon (Hilliard, Ohio), Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team looks ahead to its next contests against GLIAC North Division foes, Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech.
The Panthers (5-2, 1-1 GLIAC) will face the NMU Wildcats on Thursday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Alumni Hall and will host the Michigan Tech Huskies on Saturday, December 10 at 3 p.m.
About Ohio Dominican
ODU fell in a closely-contested, 70-68 game against Ferris State on Thursday, but followed it up with a 62-59 win at Grand Valley State on Saturday.
At 5-2, ODU is off to its best start since the program transitioned to NCAA Division II during the 2010-11 season and is looking to begin a season 7-2 for the first time since 2004-05.
Through seven games, the Panthers rank second in the GLIAC in three-point shooting percentage (41.2 percent) and second in assists (18 per game). Defensively, the Panthers lead the GLIAC and are 10th in NCAA Division II in three-point shooting percentage defense, only allowing opponents to connect on 27.3 percent of their three-point attempts so far this season.
Ohio Dominican boasts two players in the top 20 in scoring in the GLIAC. Junior guard Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio) ranks 15th in scoring with a 15.1 points per game average, while freshman Hasan Varence (Queens, New York) is averaging 13.9 points per game, good enough for 19th. Varence is also fourth in the conference in rebounds per game, averaging 7.7 per contest. Both Williams and Varence are shooting above 80 percent from the free throw line on the year.
Junior guard Shemar Waugh (Columbus, Ohio) is currently third in the GLIAC in assists per game with 5.3, while Williams also ranks 11th in assists per game at 3.9 per game.
About Northern Michigan
Northern Michigan University (2-4, 0-1 GLIAC) heads to Ohio Dominican coming off a 97-77 loss to Walsh on Thursday.
The Wildcats currently rank second in the GLIAC in turnovers per game (10.2) and rank third in the conference in offensive rebounds per game (12.3). Defensively, NMU ranks third in the GLIAC in blocked shots per game with 4.2 per contest.
Northern Michigan is led by a pair of sophomore guards in Naba Echols and Isaiah Johnson. Echols ranks 12th in the GLIAC in scoring at 16.3 points per game, while Johnson is 16th at 14.5 points per game. Echols also leads the team with 4.3 assists per game and Johnson paces the squad with 6.7 rebounds per game.
Other contributors for the Wildcats include freshman Will Carius (12.7 points per games and 6.2 rebounds per game) and junior Jordan Perez (13.7 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game).
ODU will face Northern Michigan on Thursday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Alumni Hall following a women's basketball contest against NMU at 5:30 p.m. The Panthers will be seeking their first victory against the Wildcats in program history.
About Michigan Tech
Michigan Tech (3-4, 1-0 GLIAC) won its first GLIAC matchup on Saturday, knocking off Walsh University 92-89.
The Huskies lead the GLIAC in turnovers per game, committing just 8.9 per game, and rank fifth in the conference in three-point shooting at 39.6 percent from behind the arc. The squad also ranks fifth in free throw shooting percentage, going 74 percent from the line.
Sophomore guard Bryan Heath ranks fifth in the GLIAC in scoring with 18.3 points per game and freshman guard Tommy Lucca is right behind him, ranking sixth with 18.1 points per contest. Lucca's 3.9 assists per game also lead the Huskies.
The leading rebounder for Michigan Tech is sophomore forward Kyle Monroe at six per contest, and Monroe also contributes 17.5 points per game. Monroe poured in 39 points against Walsh in their most recent contest, including hitting six threes on the afternoon.
The Panthers will face the Huskies on Saturday, December 10 at 3 p.m. following the ODU women's basketball game against Michigan Tech at 1 p.m. in Alumni Hall. MTU holds a 6-0 all-time record against Ohio Dominican.
Contact: Aaron McPherson