Men’s Basketball Drops 99-95 (OT) Contest Against St. Joseph’s (Ind.)

Men’s Basketball Drops 99-95 (OT) Contest Against St. Joseph’s (Ind.)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — St. Joseph's (Ind.) edged Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team 99-95 (OT) at Alumni Hall on Saturday afternoon.

The Pumas (2-1, 0-0 GLVC) held a 32-24 advantage in bench points, as five players scored in double-figures for St. Joseph's. SJC also finished with 14 offensive rebounds and connected on 21 of its 35 free throw attempts (60 percent).

ODU (2-1, 0-0 GLIAC) saw 10 players score and outrebounded the Pumas 46-42. The Panthers shot 50.7 percent from the field and went 19-of-27 from the free throw line (70.4 percent).

Ohio Dominican was led by junior Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio), who scored 24 points and recorded nine assists. Freshman Hasan Varence (Queens, New York) finished with a career-high 23 points and a team-high 14 rebounds in 31 minutes. Junior Mike DeLeon (Powell, Ohio) recorded 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting and pulled down nine rebounds. Sophomore Michael Simon (Hilliard, Ohio) scored eight points off the bench for the Panthers.

Trailing 43-41 entering the second half, Ohio Dominican began the period on a 14-0 run to take a 55-43 lead at the 16:00 mark of the second half on a three-pointer by Williams. But the Pumas countered with a 17-5 run of their own, tying the game at 60-60 at the 10:14 mark of the second half.

ODU led 85-80 with 28 seconds to go, but a layup by St. Joseph's C.J. Hardaway with 21 seconds left cut the lead to 85-82. After an ODU timeout, SJC stole the in-bounds pass and Davious Webster connected on a three-point shot with 17 seconds to go, tying the game at 85-85 and sending the contest into overtime.

In overtime, ODU junior Adam Cytlak (Van Buren, Ohio) hit a three-point shot on an assist from Williams with 3:26 left in the period to take a 92-89 lead. But the Pumas ended the game on a 10-3 run and outscored the Panthers 14-10 in overtime, earning the win, 99-95 (OT).

The Panthers will head to Wright State for an exhibition contest on Monday at 7 p.m. and then will face Malone in the Gary Miller Classic at Gannon University on Friday, November 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Contact: Aaron McPherson