Second Half Rally Downs Men's Basketball at Ashland

Photo by: Zoie Fisher
Photo by: Zoie Fisher

ASHLAND, Ohio – A late Ashland rally downed Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team in a nonconference matchup at Ashland by a score of 66-60 Sunday afternoon.

ODU was led by sophomore Tahj Curry (Fort Wayne, Indiana) who had 16 points while senior Ryan Hoyng (Celina, Ohio) who tied a career-high with 14 points.

Ashland was led by Rodrick Caldwell and Aaron Thompson who had 22 and 10 points, respectively.

ODU controlled the first half as they opened the contest with a 12-3 lead through the first seven minutes of the game.

With the score 21-19 in favor of the Panthers at the 4:07 mark, ODU finished the half with a 9-2 run with a pair of threes from Curry and a three from sophomore Matt King (Mason, Ohio) to go into the locker room with a 30-21 lead.

A three point shot from Hoyng to open the half gave ODU its largest lead of the game at 12 points.

Ashland then went on a 9-2 run to cut the Panther lead to five at 35-30 with 18:10 remaining.

ODU took a nine point lead at 50-41 on a Hasan Varence (Queens, New York) three at the 9:19 mark. Ashland then went on an 11-0 run to give the Eagles their first lead at 52-50 with 5:06 remaining; a lead they would not relinquish.

ODU tied the game at 52 on a pair of free throws from Varence but another Ashland run 14-6 Ashland run closed out the contest.

The Panthers shot just 39.3% from the floor while Ashland shot 40.4%.

The Panthers drop to 1-1 overall while Ashland advances to 2-0 in the early season.

ODU heads to the Cedarville shootout on Friday, November 16 to play Shawnee State with tip-off set for 5:30 p.m.