COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team defeated Ashland, 80-78 in a GLIAC South clash at Alumni Hall on Thursday night.
With the win, the Panthers (12-9, 7-8 GLIAC) eclipse their win total of 11 from last season, move into sole possession of third place in the GLIAC South and become the first ODU men's basketball team to win 12 games in a season since 2008-09. The win also snapped a seven-game winning streak for Ashland (14-7, 9-6 GLIAC) and picked up the first victory for Ohio Dominican over the Eagles since the 2012-13 season.
As a team, Ohio Dominican shot 47.4 percent from three-point range and recorded 34 points in the paint.
Junior Shemar Waugh (Columbus, Ohio) notched a career-high 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field and connected on 2-of-3 three-pointers, tying a career-high in threes. Junior Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio) also scored 21 points, going 8-of-16 from the field and 4-of-8 from behind the arc. Junior Adam Cytlak (Van Buren, Ohio) finished with 10 points, five assists and four rebounds. Freshman Sam Hickey (Toledo, Ohio) scored nine points off the bench, and freshman Hasan Varence (Queens, New York) added eight points and five rebounds for ODU.
The Panthers led 37-34 at halftime and opened up a 46-38 lead at the 17:08 mark of the second half after Waugh hit two free throws to stretch the Ohio Dominican lead to eight.
With 13:08 to go, a layup by Waugh extended the ODU lead to 10, its largest lead of the night, 53-43. Ashland countered with a 13-3 run to tie the game at 56-56 at the 10:29 mark of the second half.
Ohio Dominican trailed 72-69 with 2:14 to go, but two free throws by sophomore Ben Casanova (Sylvania, Ohio) brought the deficit to just 72-71 with 1:59 to go. After Varence drew an offensive foul, he connected on a jump shot with 1:23 left to re-take the lead for the Panthers, 73-72.
After another stop on the defensive end, Williams hit the decisive three-pointer, connecting on a fadaway three with 29 seconds to, giving ODU a 76-72 lead. Hickey and Varence went 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the remaining time, and the Panthers earned the victory, 80-78.
ODU will continue GLIAC South play on Saturday when it travels to Tiffin to face the Dragons at 3 p.m.
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