Panthers Hit Road for Non-Conference Matchup Friday at Mercy

Panthers Hit Road for Non-Conference Matchup Friday at Mercy

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team steps out of league play for a non-conference tilt at Mercy (N.Y.) College at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The Panthers (2-8, 0-6 GLIAC) battled nationally ranked Findlay in their last outing, scoring eight straight points to grab a 49-46 lead with 15:46 left, but the Oilers (9-2, 4-1 GLIAC) answered with a 15-0 run to take control of the contest and come away with an 85-67 win.

Four of ODU's five starters finished in double figures, paced by 14 points apiece for senior forward Zak Kapron (Malvern, Ohio) and senior guard Darrien Douglas (Willard, Ohio). Senior forward Jake Mochoskay (Mansfield, Ohio) tallied 12 of his 13 points in the first half while junior guard Morgan Jones (Oberlin, Ohio) registered 11 points.

The Panthers shot 46.3 percent from the floor and knocked down seven three-pointers, their second-best total of the season, but Findlay dominated the paint, scoring 50 points inside the lane, and had a 43-27 rebounding advantage. ODU managed just two offensive rebounds in the game.

Jones leads the team in scoring this year with 11.5 points per contest, having reached double figures in seven of the team's 10 games. Gibbs is scoring 8.9 points per game and paces the team with 6.7 rebounds per night. He has scored 844 points in his career, including 91 as a freshman at Presbyterian, and needs to average 9.8 points per game in the final 16 regular season outings to hit the 1,000 point mark.

Mercy (1-9, 0-2 East Coast Conference) has dropped four straight games and is looking for its first win at home (0-2). Colin Senior leads the team with 13.3 points per game.

Contact: Scott Miles
miless@ohiodominican.edu