Men's Basketball Fall 71-69 to Nationally Ranked Indianapolis

Hasan Varence (Photo by: Ralph Schudel)
Hasan Varence (Photo by: Ralph Schudel)

CEDARVILLE, Ohio --  Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team battled #22 Indianapolis Friday evening in the Don Callan Classic, ultimately falling 71-69 to the Greyhounds.

Senior Hasan Varence (Queens, New York) led the way for the Panthers scoring 18 points and grabbing seven rebounds while junior Matt King (Mason, Ohio) was the other Panther in double-figures with 13 points. Sophomore Arius Jones (Lansing, Mich.) led the Panthers on the glass collecting a career-high 11 boards while chipping in four points and four assists.

The Panthers came out gaining a 10-2 advantage early in the contest with the ODU defense forcing six UIndy turnovers just seven minutes into the game  to gain that early advantage. The Greyhounds would square the contest a 16-16 just before the under eight media timeout.

With the score 25-22 after Michael Simon's (Hilliard, Ohio) third three of the game with 4:31 remaining in the half, Indy would close the half 13-7 run to take a 35-32 advantage into the half.

After going scoreless in the first 20 minutes, Varence came out of the half looking to score. The senior forward scored the first 15 points for the Panthers out of the half and a King three with 11:38 remaining would tie the contest at 50-50. The Greyhounds would grow a 10-point lead over the next seven-and-a-half minutes using a 15-5 run to gain the edge.

ODU would claw its way back using a 12-4 run capped by a Sam Hickey (Toledo, Ohio) old-fashioned three point play to get within two at 69-67. After an Indy score, a Varence layup to make the score 71-69 with 47 seconds remaining followed by a defensive stop gave the Panthers a chance as the clock went down. The final play saw Varence attempt the game-winning three from the corner that hit the back iron. King was able to grab the offensive rebound but his pass was picked off by the Greyhound defense.

The Panthers shot 49% from the floor (26-for-53) and 42% from three (11-for-26) while holding the Greyhounds to 40% shooting (23-for-58). The difference came at the foul line as the Greyhounds converted 17 of their 22 free throws while the Panthers were just 6-of-7 at the line.

ODU will be back at Cedarville tomorrow afternoon as they play Grand Valley St. on the second day of the Don Callan Classic.