Men's Basketball Hosts Findlay and Hillsdale in Final Regular Season Home Games

Men's Basketball Hosts Findlay and Hillsdale in Final Regular Season Home Games

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team is set to host a two of the top three teams in the G-MAC as they host No.8 Findlay and Hillsdale this week.

The matchup with Findlay is set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evening while the contest with Hillsdale is Senior Day with tip set for 3 p.m. 

About Ohio Dominican

The Panthers are coming into the week with a 15-9 overall record and an 11-6 G-MAC record after a pair of wins over Alderson Broaddus and Davis & Elkins last week.

Junior Hasan Varence (Queens, New York) was named Great Midwest Athletic Conference player of the week after he averaged 23.5 points per game on 59.4% shooting while also grabbing 14.5 rebounds per game.

In the 85-78 win over Alderson Broaddus, Varence recorded 21 points while grabbing 18 rebounds and in the 117-82 win over D&E, the junior forward has 26 points and 11 rebounds.

Varence is leading the conference in double-doubles with 12 and is leading the country in defensive rebounds at 9.52 per game and is second in the country, first in the conference with 12.4 rebounds per game.

Also in the win over D&E fellow junior Sam Hickey (Toledo, Ohio) set the ODU record with 10 threes in a game as he scored a career-high 32 points in the win.

Hickey made 10 of the ODU record 19 team threes on the evening which led to a season-high output in points with 117. In his last two games, Hickey has shot 14-for-24 (58.3%) from three while the team has been 28-for-60 (46.7%). The Panthers lead the conference in three point percentage at 39.9%.

ODU also had 30 assists on their 46 made field goals in the contest as five players had at least four assists on the evening led by Arius Jones' (Fort Wayne, Indiana) six. Jones also had a season-high 10 points and eight rebounds in that contest to go along with those six assists.

The Panthers are 7-2 at home this season where they score 82.7 points per game on 49% shooting where they shoot 41.7% from three.

Earlier in the season ODU dropped the pair on the road at Findlay by a score of 89-82 and at Hillsdale 67-65.

About Findlay

The No. 8 Oilers come into the week with a 21-3 record overall and 14-2 conference record after defeating Hillsdale and Lake Erie on the road last week before defeating Wilberforce in nonconference action on Monday. 

Findlay is led by Alex White who is second in the conference in double-doubles as he averages 17.4 points per game along with 9.1 rebounds per game. Aaron Overhiser averages 14.8 points per contest along with 6.4 rebounds.

Findlay averages 85.5 points per game and shoots 50.6% from the floor which both lead the conference.

In the earlier game, Tommy Schmock notched a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists as Schmock is second in the conference in assists at 6.2 per contest.

About Hillsdale

Hillsdale comes into the week with a 16-7 record and a 12-4 conference record and are coming off a pair of losses against Findlay and at Lake Erie.

The Chargers are the leading defensive team in the conference as they allow just 64.0 points per game and have the highest turnover margin of +4.30.

Leading the Charger offense that averages 69.6 points per game is Dylan Lowry at 12.7 points per game while Davis Larson at 12.6.

In the earlier contest at Hillsdale, Harrison Neigo poured in 19 points and Gordon Behr had five blocks to lead the Charger defense.