By Sports Information Intern Kristopher Knight
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team will resume GLIAC play this week with match-ups against Lake Superior State on Thursday and Northwood on Saturday at Alumni Hall. On Thursday, January 5, the Panthers will take on the Lake Superior State Lakers at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, January 7, ODU will host the Northwood Timberwolves at 3 p.m.
About Ohio Dominican
The Panthers (7-5, 2-4 GLIAC) are coming off a thrilling, 62-61 win over Shawnee State on Friday night at Alumni Hall. Freshman Hasan Varence (Queens, New York) connected on a go-ahead three-pointer with 3.8 seconds to go, earning ODU a 62-61 victory. Varence finished the game with 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds, while junior guard Ronnie Williams (Columbus, Ohio) led the squad in scoring with 17 points, also adding three rebounds and three assists.
ODU enters the contest in fourth place in the GLIAC South Division. The Panthers rank fourth in the GLIAC in assists with an average of 16.2 per game, and also rank fifth in the GLIAC in three-point percentage at 37.9 percent as a team.
Defensively, ODU ranks fourth in the GLIAC in three-point percentage, only allowing opposing teams to connect on 31.3 percent of their tries.
Varence and Williams are tied for the team lead in scoring, each averaging 12.9 points per game. Varence leads ODU in rebounding at 7.9 boards per game, which also ranks fourth in the GLIAC in rebounding. Williams ranks second on the team in assists at 3.4 per contest.
Junior forward Mike DeLeon (Powell, Ohio) leads the GLIAC in field-goal percentage at 67.6 percent, and ranks second on the team in rebounding with 6.1 boards per contest. Freshman Sam Hickey (Toledo, Ohio) chips in 9.6 points per game and is fourth in the GLIAC in three-point shooting percentage, shooting 50.9 percent from behind the arc.
About Lake Superior State
The Lakers (7-2, 4-1 GLIAC) are currently in third place in the GLIAC North Division. They are riding a five-game winning streak and lead the GLIAC in scoring at 94.7 points per game. LSSU's 19.3 assists per game also lead the conference.
Lake Superior State is led by the GLIAC's leading scorer, junior guard Akaemji Williams, who averages 23.7 points per game. Williams also leads the GLIAC in assists at 9.4 per contest.
LSSU boasts three additional starters averaging double-figures in points per game. Sophomore Blake Marquardt averages 14.4 points per contest while shooting 48.5 percent from three-point range. Fellow sophomore Carson Manger adds to the outside attack, averaging 13.3 points per game while shooting 47.7 percent from behind the arc. In the post, junior Michael Nicholson averages 12.3 points per game and leads the team with 8.2 rebounds per contest, good enough for second place in the GLIAC in rebounding.
Lake Superior State leads the all-time series against Ohio Dominican, 5-1. Last year the Panthers won the lone match-up between the two teams by a final score of 87-75 in Alumni Hall.
The Timberwolves (4-10, 2-3 GLIAC) rank seventh in the GLIAC North Division, but are currently riding a two-game winning streak. Northwood will travel to Hillsdale to face the Chargers on Thursday before making the trip to Alumni Hall to take on ODU this Saturday.
Northwood is led by a trio of juniors. Junior center Matt Crowl leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 12.2 points per game and 6.9 boards per contest. Junior guard Nick Spitzley averages 10.4 points per game, while fellow junior guard Brad Schaub averages 3.8 assists per game and is tied for 10th in the GLIAC in assists per contest.
Northwood holds a 5-1 advantage in the all-time series over Ohio Dominican. Last season, the Panthers defeated the Timberwolves by a final score of 93-54 at Alumni Hall. The 39-point victory is the largest margin of victory by an ODU men's basketball team in GLIAC play since joining the conference.
Contact: Aaron McPherson