COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team will host Alderson Broaddus on Thursday and Davis & Elkins on Saturday in Great Midwest Athletic Conference games in Alumni Hall to wrap up the 2017-18 regular season before the G-MAC Tournament begins.
The Panthers (15-10, 10-8 G-MAC) will take on Alderson Broaddus on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. before playing host to Davis & Elkins on Saturday at 1 p.m. on senior day. ODU split its trip to AB and D&E earlier this season, topping the Senators by a final mark of 79-67 on January 11 before falling to Alderson Broaddus 67-65 in Philippi, West Virginia on January 13.
ODU has won seven of its last eight and earned wins over Hillsdale and Lake Erie in Alumni Hall last week. With an 81-77 (OT) win over the Storm on Thursday, February 15, the Panthers clinched a berth in the 2018 Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament, which will be their first postseason appearance since February 2010. With 15 wins, Ohio Dominican is experiencing its best season since the 2008-09 campaign and 16 wins would mark the most victories in a season since the 2007-08 Panthers went 19-11 overall.
At 77.4 points per game on 47.2 percent shooting from the field, ODU ranks fourth in the Great Midwest in both categories. The Panthers shoot 37.9 percent from three-point range to rank third in the conference in shooting from behind the arc. Defensively, ODU ranks second in the G-MAC in opponents' field goal percentage (41 percent) and three-point field goal percentage (31.9 percent). Ohio Dominican also ranks third in the conference in assists per game with 16.1 per contest and third in defensive rebounds per game with 28.9 boards per outing.
Sophomore forward Hasan Varence (Queens, New York) is leading the team with 14.3 points per game and 9.8 rebounds per contest and earned Great Midwest Athlete of the Week honors after posting double-doubles in the Panthers' wins over Hillsdale and Lake Erie. Varence recorded 13 points and 13 rebounds in the win over Hillsdale and notched 22 points and 13 rebounds in the overtime victory over the Storm.
Senior point guard Shemar Waugh (Columbus, Ohio) leads the team in assists per game with 3.6 dimes per contest and ranks third in the Great Midwest and 57th in NCAA Division II in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.35. Waugh and senior Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio) both average 11 points per game.
Scoring 12.7 points per game off the bench is sophomore Sam Hickey (Toledo, Ohio), who shoots 38 percent from three-point range while hitting 2.5 triples per game.
Following this week's games, Ohio Dominican will begin competition in the Great Midwest Tournament on Thursday, March 1 with quarterfinal round play. Conference semifinals will take place on Friday, March 2, with the Great Midwest championship on Saturday, March 3. All games will be played at the University of Findlay.
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Contact: Aaron McPherson