CEDARVILLE, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team defeated Shawnee State by a score of 75-65 Friday evening in the Seventh Annual Don Callan Classic hosted by Cedarville.
Leading the way for the Panthers was sophomore Tahj Curry (Fort Wayne, Indiana) who posted a career-high 26 points with 20 in the second half while grabbing six rebounds. Junior Sam Hickey (Toledo, Ohio) and sophomore Matt King (Mason, Ohio) were also in double figures for the Panthers with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The first half saw the Panthers sprint out to a 14-8 lead at the 12:57 mark led by five quick points from Hickey.
Six points from junior Michael Scott (Hebron, Kentucky) and a three from senior Michael Simon (Hilliard, Ohio) in a span of four minutes gave the Panthers a 23-15 advantage with 8:15 remaining in the half.
ODU got their largest lead of the game at the 5:37 mark of the first half as they went up 27-17 on a Curry layup after a steal.
The Bears cut the ODU lead to two at 27-25 off an 8-0 run with 3:23 in the half but the Panthers went into the half with a 34-30 lead.
Shawnee State opened the second half on a 15-2 run to take a 45-36 advantage with 14:02 to play but a Curry three ended the Bears run.
ODU cut the deficit to two at 45-43 on a pair of layups from Curry and freshman Arius Jones (Fort Wayne, Indiana).
The Panthers regained the lead at 51-49 on a Simon three at the 10:27 mark and again at 56-54 on a King layup, a lead they would not give up.
With the score 59-57 in favor of ODU with 6:06 to play, the Panthers jolted on a 7-0 run to take a nine point lead at 66-57 with 3:58 to play.
The Bears would again fight back to cut the Panther lead to three at 66-63 with 2:46 to play.
ODU would close the game on a 10-3 run led by eight points from Curry.
The Panthers shot 41% from the floor in the game while the Bears shot 42%.
ODU advances to 2-1 in the short season while Shawnee State drops to 3-1.
The Panthers are back in action tomorrow evening as they take on Campbellsville-Somerset with tip set for 5:30 p.m. at Cedarville.