Early Northwood Run Sends Panthers to 70-65 Setback

Morgan Jones
Morgan Jones

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Despite 22 points from junior guard Morgan Jones (Oberlin, Ohio) and three other Panthers in double figures, Ohio Dominican's men's basketball team could never get stops on the defensive side of the floor and fell to Northwood 70-65 Thursday night in GLIAC action at Alumni Hall.

The Timberwolves would jump out to a quick 19-10 lead at the 11:20 mark on the heels of a game-opening 10-2 run. The Panthers would chip away at the lead and close the gap from nine to four on a Darrien Douglas (Willard, Ohio) three ball with seven seconds remaining in the first half. Despite being outshot by 14.5 percent (14-of-27 to 12-of-33), the Panthers found themselves down by only four, 32-28, heading into the break.

After a back and forth beginning to the second half, Northwood would see its lead change between five and seven points for most of the second half. The Panthers would pull within one point at the 2:49 mark, 59-58, on back-to-back layups by Douglas and senior center Zak Kapron (Malvern, Ohio). Ohio Dominican could draw no closer, though, as a three-point play with 46 seconds remaining dashed the hopes of the Black and Gold, who fall to 3-13 (0-10 GLIAC).                                 

Jones (four 20-plus point games) and Douglas (10 points) extended their double figure scoring streak to nine and eight games, respectively. Senior forward Aaron Gibbs (Oberlin, Ohio) had 15 points while Kapron added 12 points and four rebounds for his fifth double digit scoring effort of the season.  

The Timberwolves (9-6, 5-4 GLIAC) shot 50 percent for the game and were paced by guard Bobby Lewis with 15 points. Northwood's bench proved to be the deciding factor in the contest as they outscored the Panthers 29-6.

The Panthers will return to action this Saturday as they finish off the weekend against GLIAC South Division foe Wayne State. Game time is set for 3 p.m. in Alumni Hall.

By Jordan Bell

Contact: Scott Miles
miless@ohiodominican.edu