COLUMBUS, Ohio – Taking the game down to the wire, the Ohio Dominican men's basketball team could not overcome a one-point deficit, falling to visiting Northwood 78-75 in Alumni Hall.
Trailing just once in the opening minutes of the game, Ohio Dominican (3-9; 1-7 GLIAC) took an early 7-4 lead at the 18:00 mark on a sophomore Chad Nelson (Columbus, Ohio) basketball. The Panthers then used a 10-2 run to take an 11 point lead after the first media timeout.
The Timberwolves (9-7; 5-3 GLIAC) used the next four minutes to chip away the deficit, cutting the Panther lead to 17-12, but sophomore Trent Weaver (Columbus, Ohio) gave the Panthers the 20-12 lead after the second media timeout after converting a three-point play.
The Timberwolves reached within five on multiple occasions, coming as close as two at 29-27 with five minutes left to play on a three-point basket by Dylan Langkabel. Senior Brandon Carr (Chicago, Ill.) hit from long range to give the Panthers a 32-27 lead and senior Don Kellum (Chicago, Ill.) added a basket to take a 34-29 lead.
Northwood took its first lead since the start of the half at 36-34 and a basket by Wes Wilcox gave the Timberwolves a four-point lead, 38-34 at the break.
The Panthers numbers were solid in the first half, shooting 41.4 percent on a 12-of-29 shooting clip. From long range, Ohio Dominican was 4-of-9 (44.4 percent) and forced eight Northwood turnovers.
Langkabel opened the second half with a three-point basket to extend Northwood's lead to 41-34. A basket by sophomore Mark Minch (West Chester, Ohio) and a free throw by Nelson cut the lead to 41-37.
Nelson cut the deficit to six, 49-43 after converting on a three-point play with just under 16 minutes to play. Ohio Dominican kept chipping away at Northwood's lead, and cut it down to 53-47 at the under-15 media minute mark thanks to a pair of free throws by Nelson and a basket by Minch. Kellum's basket at 10:57 cut the lead back to single digits, 59-51 and a basket by Minch cut the lead to 61-56.
After battling back from a double-digit deficit, Ohio Dominican got within three, 65-62 on back to back baskets by Nelson and Carr. A pair of free throws from freshman Melran Leach (Shaker Heights, Ohio) cut the lead to one, 65-64 with less than five on the game clock.
Kellum's free throws at the 1:45 mark cut the lead to three, 72-68 and Nelson's basket with under a minute to play brought the Panthers within two. Nelson's three-point basket cut the lead to one, 76-75 to make it a one possession game. Northwood used trips to the charity stripe to seal the Panthers fate, falling by the final margin of three.
Nelson ended the game with a career-high 21 points on a 7-of-14 shooting clip to go along with his three assists. Minch chipped in 14 points, while Carr added 10 points and four rebounds off the bench.
Ohio Dominican will resume action next Thursday, Jan. 16 when the Panthers welcome Findlay to Alumni Hall for a 7:30 p.m. start.
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