COLUMBUS, Ohio — Coming off a 93-63 win over Seton Hill in its most recent contest, Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team travels to Hillsdale, Michigan for the 2017 Hillsdale Lanes Thanksgiving Classic and non-conference contests against Purdue Northwest and Lewis this Tuesday and Wednesday.
ODU takes on the Pride of Purdue Northwest this Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and will face Lewis on Wednesday at 2 p.m. The games mark the first meetings between the teams in their respective program histories.
About Ohio Dominican
The Panthers (1-2, 0-0 G-MAC) toppled Seton Hill by a final mark of 93-63 last Wednesday to earn their first victory of the 2017-18 season. With just nine turnovers, the game marked only the fourth time in the last 10 years that ODU scored 90 points or more while committing less than 10 turnovers in a game.
Ohio Dominican has outrebounded all three of its opponents thus far and ranks fourth in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference in defensive rebounds per game at 29.3. The Panthers are also holding their opponents to 27.8 percent shooting from three-point range to come in at second in the conference and 47th in NCAA Division II.
Senior guard Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio) scored 19 points at SHU to surpass 1,000 points for his career, becoming the 24th Panther to do so. Through three contests, Williams leads Ohio Dominican with 17.3 points per contest on 56.3 percent shooting from the floor. Also leading ODU in scoring in the win over Seton Hill was sophomore forward Hasan Varence (Queens, New York), who tallied 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting while also snatching eight rebounds. The game marked the best performance of the season thus far for Varence, who scored 10 points or more for the 20th time in 29 career games.
Junior Ben Casanova (Sylvania, Ohio) is averaging a career-best 9.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest through three games, notching eight points and four boards against SHU. Seniors Mike DeLeon (Powell, Ohio) and Adam Cytlak (Van Buren, Ohio) each scored nine points on Wednesday. DeLeon is leading the team in rebounds at 9.0 per game to rank fifth in the Great Midwest, while Cytlak is averaging 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists on the wing for the Panthers.
Following contests with Purdue Northwest and Lewis, Ohio Dominican will welcome Wright St.-Lake on Wednesday, November 29 in Alumni Hall before beginning conference play on Saturday, December 2 at Ohio Valley.
About Purdue Northwest
The Pride (0-2, 0-0 GLIAC) fell to Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) opponents Rockhurst and William Jewell to start the season and will take on Hillsdale Wednesday after facing ODU on day one of the Hillsdale Lanes Thanksgiving Classic.
PNW is averaging 75 points per game through two contests and is being outrebounded by 12.5 boards per contest through two games. Rockhurst and William Jewell gained a leg up on Purdue Northwest in the first half, outscoring the Pride by a combined margin of 97-60 in the first 20 minutes of play.
Four players are averaging double figures in scoring for PNW, with senior guard Tyree Coe leading the charge at 13 points per game. Junior guard Chandler Spring is averaging 11 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest in the early going, while senior center Torrance Johnson leads the squad in rebounding with 16 boards through two games.
The Flyers (1-2, 0-0 GLVC) defeated Saginaw Valley by a final mark of 80-47 on Saturday. Lewis was picked to finish third in the GLVC East and made it to the GLVC championship game last season before falling to Bellarmine.
Lewis is averaging 79.3 points per game through three contests on 50.9 percent shooting from the floor and a 39.5 percent mark from long range. LU fell to Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech in its first two games by a combined eight points, but scored 78 and 80 points in the two games.
Junior Delaney Blaylock leads the team in scoring at 20.5 points per game on 56.8 percent shooting. Blaylock was named to the 2016-17 All-GLVC second team after averaging 14.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game last season. Senior forward Cristen Wilson is averaging 19.7 points per contest and leads the Flyers in rebounding at 7.3 boards per game.
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