DETROIT, Mich. – Three Panthers scored in double figures but Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team fell 73-51 to Wayne State in GLIAC South Division play Thursday night at the Matthaei Center.
Freshman forward Bobby Stauffer (Lexington, Ky.) tallied a career-best 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting off the bench to lead the Panthers. It was Stauffer's third-straight game in double figures off the bench for ODU, and he also had a career-high 11 rebounds.
After trailing by as many as 14 points in the first half, the Panthers made a run before intermission. Freshman forward Brock Ammons (Findlay, Ohio) fell into the Panther bench and saved a loose ball with a behind the back pass to senior guard Kip Kelley (Raleigh, N.C.), who found Douglas streaking up the floor for an acrobatic three-point play as he made the layup with a foul to make it 29-20. Another three-point play by Stauffer on a nifty feed from senior forward Aaron Gibbs (Oberlin, Ohio) cut it to 29-23 with less than three to play.
Moments later, Ammons' first career points came on a two-handed slam to make it 32-25, but the Warriors scored the final two points to take a 34-25 advantage into the break.
The Panthers stayed within nine at 40-31 early in the second half, but Wayne State went on a surge to take a 51-33 lead with 12:18 left and would lead by as many as 22 points in the second half.
Ohio Dominican shot 22-of-53 for the game (41.5 percent), while WSU finished 25-of-56 (44.6 percent). The Panthers were hurt by 19 turnovers to seven for Wayne State, and the Warriors also shot 35 free throws to ODU's 11. ODU also hit just 1-of-14 three-point attempts.
With the setback, the Panthers fell to 2-7 (0-5), while the Warriors improved to 7-1 (4-0 GLIAC).
The Panthers return to action at 7:30 p.m. Saturday as ODU takes on No. 19 Findlay at UF's Croy Gymnasium.
Contact: Scott Miles