COLUMBUS, Ohio — Stifling defense allowed Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team to hold Lake Erie to 34.6 percent shooting from the field en route to a 65-53 win for the Panthers on Saturday afternoon in a Great Midwest Athletic Conference contest at the Jerome T. Osborne Center.
ODU (9-9, 4-7 G-MAC) limited Lake Erie to 18-of-52 shooting from the field in one of its best defensive efforts of the season. Lake Erie's 53 points marked its lowest point output of the year and 18 made field goals for the Storm marked a season-low for ODU opponents in made field goals. The Panthers held the Storm to just 13 points on three field goals over the final 11 minutes of the game and 25 points in the second half.
Also key for the Panthers was their advantage in rebounding, outworking Lake Erie on the glass by a 43-33 margin. Ohio Dominican shot 9-of-23 from three-point range (39.1 percent) while holding the Storm to 6-of-21 shooting from behind the arc (28.6 percent).
Four Panthers notched double figures in scoring, with sophomore forward Hasan Varence (Queens, New York) leading the way with 15 points and nine rebounds. Senior Adam Cytlak (Van Buren, Ohio) tallied 13 points and shot 4-of-7 from three-point range. Senior point guard Shemar Waugh (Columbus, Ohio) notched 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while senior Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio) scored 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 shooting from downtown.
With the game tied at 40 at the 11:08 mark of the second half, Williams hit a three-pointer to push the Panthers ahead 43-40, then took a charge on the defensive end to spark what would become a 25-9 run. With ODU leading 52-45 with 5:21 to play, Varence made a layup with an assist from Waugh, and then a three-point play by Waugh on the next trip down for the Panther offense gave ODU a 57-46 lead with 4:33 to go. Ohio Dominican led by as many as 16, cruising to a 65-53 victory.
The Panthers will return home to Alumni Hall next week to host Ohio Valley on Tuesday and Walsh on Saturday in the final two games of January.
Contact: Aaron McPherson