Old Dominion Cruises Past Georgia State For Eighth Straight Win

January 28, 2010
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Jan. 28, 2010

Box Score

NORFOLK, Va. - Senior Gerald Lee led three Monarchs in double-figures with 16 points and sophomore Kent Bazemore swiped a career-high six steals as Old Dominion breezed past Colonial Athletic Association foe Georgia State Thursday evening, 56-40.

Old Dominion (17-5, 9-1 CAA) has now won 19 straight home games, which is the sixth longest home winning streak in the country. The Monarchs have also won eight consecutive contests overall.

Joining Lee in double-figures were junior Ben Finney, who tallied 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds, and classmate Frank Hassell, who posted 10 points and seven rebounds.

ODU's defense, which entered the game third nationally in points allowed per game (55.5), held its ninth opponent to under 50 points and third to 40 or less. The 40 points scored by the Panthers is their lowest total since a 46-38 loss to Utah on Nov. 17, 2003.

Georgia State (9-13, 3-7) shot 35.4 percent for the game, the sixth consecutive opponent to shoot 36 percent or lower against ODU. The Monarchs also dominated the boards, out-rebounding GSU, 40-23.

The Panthers took an early 9-8 lead after a traditional three-point play from James Fields at the 11:55 mark. The Monarchs then went on a 7-0 run which was capped by a Keyon Carter lay-up with just over 10 minutes remaining in the opening stanza.

Sophomore Trian Iliadis drilled his third three-point field goal of the opening period with just over a minute to go in the first half to send the Monarchs into the break with a 31-18 advantage.

The visiting team would cut the ODU lead to as little as seven in the second half as Trae Goldston canned a triple from the left wing at the 10:11 mark to cut the Monarch lead to 39-32.

After the teams traded buckets, the Monarchs rattled off eight consecutive points to go up by 15 (49-34). GSU would get no closer than 12 the rest of the way and ODU led by as many as 19.

Old Dominion returns to the road Saturday to take on Northeastern. The game, which is set to tip at 4 p.m., will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet.

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