Men's Basketball Preps for Contests at Wayne State, Findlay

Men's Basketball Preps for Contests at Wayne State, Findlay

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After dropping its first two road GLIAC contests, Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team will remain on the road and play two of the top teams in the South Division, taking on Wayne State on Thursday and Findlay on Saturday.

The Panthers (2-6, 0-4 GLIAC) look to snap a losing skid that reached five straight after falling to Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan last week. ODU shot 36.0 percent from the field, including just 2-for-28 from beyond the arc, in the two setbacks.

Freshman forward Bobby Stauffer provided a spark off the bench, hitting 9-of-12 shots and 7-of-8 free throws to average 12.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest. Senior forward Aaron Gibbs also tallied 12.5 points per night, and junior guard Morgan Jones chipped in with 11.5 points per game.

ODU dropped all four games last year to Wayne State and Findlay, but gave the Warriors and Oilers all they could handle in Alumni Hall last season. Then-No. 25 Wayne State took a 69-66 win on Jan. 22 on Ian Larkin's game-winning shot from halfcourt. ODU had led by as many as nine with eight minutes left before falling in the final seconds. Gibbs scored 18 in the loss.

The Panthers pushed then-No.3 Findlay to the limit as well before falling 64-58 on Feb. 12. ODU rallied from a 16-point deficit to cut the Oiler lead to three on several occasions, but Findlay hit 6-of-8 free throws in the final minute to pull away with the win. Gibbs again paced the Panthers with 19 points.

Wayne State enters the week with a 6-1 record (3-0 GLIAC), while the Oilers are 7-2 (2-1 GLIAC).

Contact: Scott Miles
miless@ohiodominican.edu