COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Dominican men's basketball freshman forward Hasan Varence (Queens, New York) connected on a three-pointer from the right wing on an assist from junior Shemar Waugh (Columbus, Ohio) with 3.8 seconds remaining in a non-conference game against Shawnee State on Friday night at Alumni Hall to give the Panthers a 62-61 win.
ODU (7-5, 2-4 GLIAC) led for just 1:43 of the contest and gained its first lead of the second half on the late three-pointer by Varence. The Panthers held a decisive 25-11 advantage in points off turnovers, forcing the Bears into 17 miscues for the contest.
Ohio Dominican was led in scoring by junior Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio), who recorded 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field. Varence finished the game with 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds while also hitting the game-winning shot. Junior Mike DeLeon (Powell, Ohio) scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and freshman Ryan Hoyng (Celina, Ohio) recorded five points and four assists off the bench for the Panthers.
Shawnee State (6-8, 0-4 MSC) led 35-26 at halftime and held a 55-48 advantage over Ohio Dominican with 4:48 to play until a three-pointer by junior Adam Cytlak (Van Buren, Ohio) on an assist by Williams cut the SSU lead to four, 55-51. Then with 3:32 to go, DeLeon connected on a layup to bring the Panthers to within two points, 55-53.
ODU trailed 58-53 with 1:41 to go when Williams hit a three-pointer on an assist from Hoyng, cutting the deficit once again to two points at 58-56.
After a made jump shot by Shawnee State's Moore with 45 seconds to go increased the Bears' lead to 60-56, Waugh collected an offensive rebound and made a put-back layup to cut the SSU lead to 60-58 with 30 seconds left. Then on the defensive end, Waugh stole the ball and was fouled, hitting one-of-two free throws to trim the deficit to 60-59 with 24 seconds to go.
Shawnee State would hit one-of-two free throws on the other end to take a 61-59 lead with 18 seconds to go. Then trailing 61-59, Hoyng drove the lane from the right wing and passed the ball to Waugh at the top of the key, then Waugh found Varence on the right wing for the game winner with 3.8 seconds remaining to earn the victory, 62-61.
Ohio Dominican will resume GLIAC play in its next contest on Thursday, January 5 at 7:30 p.m. in a home matchup against Lake Superior State.
Game-winning shot by Varence
Hasan Varence Interview
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