COLUMBUS, Ohio — Following an 87-85 win over Tiffin at Alumni Hall on Saturday to secure its 10th win of the season, Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team continues its GLIAC South section of the schedule with a road contest against Findlay on Thursday and a home matchup with Walsh on Saturday.
ODU will travel to Croy Gymnasium on Thursday to face the Findlay Oilers at 7:30 p.m. before returning home to Alumni Hall to take on the Walsh Cavaliers on Saturday at 3 p.m.
About Ohio Dominican
The Panthers (10-6, 5-5 GLIAC) have started the season better than any Ohio Dominican men's basketball team since the 2004-05 squad began its campaign with an 11-5 mark overall. ODU is off to its best start in the GLIAC since joining the conference in 2010-11 and has reached the 10-win mark overall for just the second time since moving to NCAA Division II. The Panthers are just one victory shy of matching their overall win total from last season and only three wins shy of matching their season record for GLIAC victories with eight in 2015-16.
ODU is 6-2 at Alumni Hall this season and has won eight of its last 10 home contests dating back to last year. Since February 20, 2015, the Panthers are 6-1 against GLIAC opponents at Alumni Hall.
Holding opponents to just 31.1 percent shooting from three-point range thus far, Ohio Dominican ranks first in the GLIAC and 28th in NCAA Division II in three-point field goal percentage defense. The Panthers average 16.1 assists per game as a team, good enough to rank third in the GLIAC and 51st in the country in assists per contest, an improvement from last season's mark of 14.5 assists per game.
Ohio Dominican boasts a balanced scoring attack offensively, with three players averaging double-figures in points and four averaging eight points per game or more. Junior Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio) averages a team-high 12.9 points per game while shooting a team-best 82.5 percent from the free throw line. Freshman Hasan Varence (Queens, New York) is averaging 12.4 points per contest and a team-high 7.9 rebounds per game, ranking fifth in the GLIAC in rebounding. Freshman Sam Hickey (Toledo, Ohio) averages 11.4 points per game off the bench for the Panthers on 51.1 percent shooting from three-point range, which ranks second in the GLIAC and ninth in the nation in three-point shooting percentage.
Stuffing the stat sheet for the Panthers is junior Adam Cytlak (Van Buren, Ohio), who averages 6.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game in a team-high 30.5 minutes per contest. Cytlak boasts an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.0, which comes in at third in the GLIAC and 22nd in NCAA Division II.
The Oilers (12-4, 6-3 GLIAC) fell at Hillsdale by a final score of 80-65 in their last contest on Saturday, but enter Thursday's matchup with the Panthers having won seven of their last eight games. UF has eclipsed the 100-point mark four times this year and is defeating its opponents by an average of 15.7 points per game this season.
Findlay leads the GLIAC in steals per game (8.3) and is holding its opponents to 70.4 points per contest, which ranks fourth in the conference. The Oilers shoot 40.1 percent from three-point range while holding the opposition to just 32.2 percent shooting from behind the arc.
Leading the way for UF is junior guard Martyce Kimbrough, who ranks fifth in the GLIAC in points per game, averaging 18.3 points per contest on 42.3 percent shooting from three-point range and a GLIAC-best 95.4 percent shooting from the free throw line (39-of-41). Junior forward Taren Sullivan ranks second on the team and eighth in the GLIAC in scoring, averaging 16.2 points per game on 54.3 percent shooting from the field, also averaging a team-best 6.5 rebounds per contest.
Findlay holds a 22-4 advantage in the all-time series over Ohio Dominican. ODU last defeated the Oilers on January 15, 2015, capturing a 55-52 road victory at Croy Gymnasium.
The Cavaliers (12-4, 5-4 GLIAC) will head to Hillsdale on Thursday to face the Chargers before traveling to Alumni Hall to take on the Panthers on Saturday. Walsh has won three-straight and has captured victories in four of its last five contests.
WU is committing just 10.9 turnovers per game to rank second in the GLIAC, and connects on 77.3 percent of its free throw attempts, which also ranks second in the conference. The Cavs come in at third in the GLIAC in rebounding, averaging 39.3 rebounds per contest.
Walsh is led by seniors Zac Carter and Trey Fletcher, both of which have earned GLIAC South player of the week honors twice this year. Carter leads the conference in scoring, averaging 25.4 points per game on 50.8 percent shooting from the field, 48.8 percent shooting from three-point range and 86.6 percent shooting from the free throw line. Fletcher is third in the GLIAC in scoring at 19.8 points per game and second in the conference in rebounding at 8.5 boards per contest.
The Cavaliers lead the all-time series against Ohio Dominican, 49-10, but the Panthers came away victorious in the last meeting between the two teams, scoring an 87-81 win at Alumni Hall over the Cavs on January 11, 2016.
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