COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team will face familiar foes in Findlay and Hillsdale this week in Great Midwest Athletic Conference contests.
The Panthers (6-3, 2-1 G-MAC) will host Findlay on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall before traveling to Hillsdale to take on the Chargers on Saturday at 3 p.m. Ohio Dominican has faced Findlay and Hillsdale in a combined 36 games all-time.
ODU has won six of its last seven games by 15 points or more and topped Trevecca by a final tally of 82-51 in its last game on Saturday. The Panthers have scored 82 points or more in each of their six wins and are averaging 84.3 points per game this season to rank third in the G-MAC in scoring.
With a staunch defensive effort thus far in the 2017-18 season, Ohio Dominican has held its opponents to 65.9 points per game, the second-lowest scoring average in the conference and 27th fewest amount of points per game allowed in NCAA Division II. The Panthers hold their opponents to a G-MAC-best 39.8 percent shooting from the field and also top the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense (30.6 percent), defensive rebounds per contest (30.7) and assists per game (18.9).
Four Panthers average in double figures in scoring, with senior guard Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio) leading the charge at 13.7 points per game. Williams is shooting 49.4 percent from the field and 38 percent from behind the arc. Senior point guard Shemar Waugh (Columbus, Ohio) is boasting averages of 11.1 points, 5.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. Waugh is holding an assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.30, which ranks second in the Great Midwest and eighth in the nation. Also averaging double-figures in scoring for the Panthers are sophomores Sam Hickey (Toledo, Ohio) and Hasan Varence (Queens, New York). Hickey is scoring 12.4 points per game on 39.3 percent shooting from three-point range and scored 21 points on 5-of-8 shooting from long range in an 82-51 win over Trevecca on Saturday. Varence is averaging 11.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest and tied a career-high in rebounds for a single game with 14 boards against KWC on Thursday.
After matchups with Findlay and Hillsdale, the Panthers will face West Virginia State in their last non-conference regular season game on Monday, December 18 and will resume G-MAC play on Saturday, December 30 with a conference game at Malone.
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