Ohio Dominican Comes Back From 15-Point Deficit to Down JCSU

Charlotte, N.C. (Nov. 12, 2016) – Visiting Ohio Dominican University hit 15 three pointers and came back from a 15-point halftime deficit to down Johnson C. Smith University in the men's basketball season opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Brayboy Gym.

JCSU steadily built a sizeable lead in the first half, bolstered by junior
Robert Davis' (West Friendship, Md.) 15 first half points.  In the half, the Golden Bulls forced the gameplay inside, scoring 26 points inside the lane and forcing ODU into eight turnovers. Those turnovers translated into 13 JCSU points.  The Golden Bulls also earned 14 second chance points, outrebounding the Panthers 20-12 en route to the 54-39 lead at the break.

In the second half, ODU started to chip away at the JCSU lead. The Panthers trimmed the JCSU cushion to just four points (71-67) at the 10:31 mark after a Mike DeLeon jumper.  A three pointer from Sam Hickey knotted the score at 73-73 and ODU would gain the 78-73 advantage following another DeLeon basket and a three pointer from Adam Cytlak with 6:46 to play.

ODU extended the lead to 84-76 following a Ryan Hoyng jumper with 3:41 to play.  JCSU would then go on a 6-0 run to close to within 84-82 with 37 seconds to play. After a free throw from Cytlak, wth 15 seconds left, JCSU had two opportunities for the game-tying three pointer, but Robert Davis' attempt was strong and Christian Kirchman's (Roanoke, Va.) last gasp from the corner was off target.  ODU would rebound Kirchman's miss and would get a free throw from Hickey with under a second to play to provide the 86-82 final.

Robert Davis led all scorers with 25 points while Kirchman added 17. Gabon Williams (Charlotte, N.C.) would add 14 points in the losing effort.

ODU would have five players score in double-figures, led by Ronnie Williams' 19. Adam Cytlak had 16 while Mike Delon and Hasan Varence each had 12.  Sam Hickey added 10 points for the Panthers.

Collectively, ODU would go 13-of-27 from long range and shot 50.9% for the game on a 29-of-57 outing.
JCSU would shoot 46.2% (30-of-65) from the field and 5-of-17 from long range (29.4%)

The Golden Bulls will return to action on Tuesday night, traveling to Columbia, S.C. to take on Benedict College at 7:30 p.m.