MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Ohio Dominican men's basketball team shot close to 50 percent from the field in the second half, but it was not enough as they fell in a GLIAC road contest to Northern Michigan on Sunday evening 75-71.
The second half saw the Panthers outscore the Wildcats (4-6, 2-4 GLIAC) 49-41, while making 15 of their 31 field goal attempts. NMU however shot nearly 45 percent from the floor in the second stanza and made three clutch three point field goals late to hold off the ODU comeback attempt.
With a reverse layup in the second half, senior Trent Weaver (Columbus, OH) became the 21st player in Ohio Dominican men's basketball history to record 1,000 career points. Weaver finished the contest with 12 points and a team high seven rebounds. The forward has averaged 10.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game over his four year career.
Setting numerous career highs in the contest was sophomore Ronnie Williams (Columbus, OH). Williams finished the game with personal bests in points, rebounds, free throws made, free throws attempted, and tied a career high in assists. His totals included a team high 29 points, six rebounds, six assists, and Williams was a perfect 12-for-12 from the charity stripe.
The Wildcats jumped out to a fast start, scoring the first eight points of the contest over the opening 2:17. Ohio Dominican (3-9, 0-6 GLIAC) got behind by as many as 23 in the first half, before closing the final 3:30 on an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to 34-22 at the break.
A Weaver jump shot on the opening possession of the second half cut the NMU lead to 10, but the Wildcats scored on five of their first six possessions to grow the margin to 44-26 with 16:48 to play.
Freshman Michael Simon (Hilliard, OH) pitched in nine points off the bench, as his three point play with 10:53 remaining got the Panthers within seven, 50-43, for the first time since the opening minutes of the ball game.
Three pointers from senior Chad Nelson (Columbus, OH) and Simon pulled ODU within two points, but five straight points from NMU gave them a 70-63 advantage with 2:54 left in the second half.
Williams would rattle in two three point attempts in the final three minutes, but NMU would make five of six free throw attempts to secure the victory.
The Panthers would be outrebounded 47-31 for the contest, as the Wildcats also notched a 14-5 advantage in second chance points.
With just six turnovers in the game, ODU has now given the ball away no more than 10 times in each of the past five contests.
Ohio Dominican will return home next week as they round out GLIAC North play, welcoming Lake Superior State for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff on Thursday, January 7, inside Alumni Hall.
Contact: Tyler Jester