COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the fourth-straight game, Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team defeated its opponent by 25 points or more, earning its largest margin of victory under head coach Dan Evans with a 110-58 win over Wright State-Lake on Wednesday night at Alumni Hall.
The Panthers (4-2, 0-0 G-MAC) made 43 field goals, falling just six shy of setting the program record for field goals made in a single game. The Panthers were also only five points away from the largest margin of victory in school history, which came by way of a 57 point win over Fanshowe College exactly 20 years ago, November 29, 1997.
Twelve Panthers scored in the contest and five reached double-figures, marking the second-straight game that five players scored at least 10 points for ODU. The bench for Ohio Dominican scored 57 points and has tallied 43 points or more in each of its last three games. Also key for ODU was its advantage in fast-break points, as the Panthers outscored the Lakers 38-5 in transition.
Sophomore forward Hasan Varence (Queens, New York) scored a season-high 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting and notched a career-high four blocked shots. Senior Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio) finished with 18 points, five rebounds and matched a career-high four steals. Sophomore guards Sam Hickey (Toledo, Ohio) and Shawn Moore (Indianapolis, Indiana) scored 14 and 12 points respectively, while freshman Matt King (Mason, Ohio) scored a career-high 10 points.
Ohio Dominican surged ahead in the first four minutes of the game to take a 13-0 lead. Three consecutive dunks by Varence, Williams and senior Mike DeLeon (Powell, Ohio) helped the Panthers race ahead for an early 13-point advantage at the 16:12 mark of the first half. ODU held a 42-6 lead with 6:26 remaining until halftime and powered ahead for a 61-15 lead at halftime. Varence scored 20 points in the first half to push the Panthers to a 46 point halftime advantage. ODU eclipsed the century mark for the fourth time since the 2010-2011 season, earning the win by a final margin of 110-58.
The Panthers will enter Great Midwest Athletic Conference play with a four-game win streak and will take on Ohio Valley this Saturday at 4 p.m.
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