Monarchs Suffer 70-58 Setback at VCU
By ODU Athletics
Feb. 6, 2010
RICHMOND, Va. - Despite holding a halftime lead Old Dominion was unable to leave Richmond with a victory, dropping a 70-58 Colonial Athletic Association game against rival Virginia Commonwealth in front of a sold out crowd at the Siegel Center.
Old Dominion (18-7, 10-3 CAA) was led by sophomore Kent Bazemore's 12 points and six rebounds, while junior Frank Hassell chipped in 10 points to go along with five boards. Junior Ben Finney scored eight points and led the squad with eight rebounds.
The Monarchs were hurt by 16 turnovers and 33.3 percent second half shooting. ODU has had only six games this season with 16 or more turnovers.
Virginia Commonwealth (17-5, 9-4), winners of eight of its last nine games, was led by Bradford Burgess's game-high 16 points. Larry Sanders registered a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards.
Old Dominion controlled play for the first eight minutes and a Bazemore dunk off a well designed in-bounds play put the Monarchs up 18-8 at the 12:31 mark. VCU would quickly erase the deficit though as Ed Dixon drilled a three to cap a 16-5 Rams run that gave his team a 24-23 lead.
With both Hassell and senior Gerald Lee on the bench with foul trouble during the final minutes of the opening half, the Monarchs reserve players stepped up. Eight of ODU's final 10 points were scored by bench players, including five from senior Marsharee Neely. Old Dominion led by two, 33-31, at the intermission.
After a Bazemore jumper put ODU up by three (36-33) just over a minute into the second half, VCU went on an 11-2 run which gave the Rams a 44-38 lead at the 12:44 mark.
Junior Darius James hit a pair of three's that cut a VCU lead down to three-points on two occasions, but the Monarchs couldn't overcome the deficit. After the second James triple with less than eight minutes remaining, the Rams tallied 17 of the next 22 points to acquire a 15-point advantage, their biggest lead of the night.
Old Dominion drops into a tie with George Mason for second in the league race. Northeastern currently resides in first with an 11-2 CAA mark.
The Monarchs remain on the road Wednesday, Feb. 10 at James Madison. The game will be televised live on WSKY4 beginning at 7 p.m.