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Monarchs Defeat James Madison 71-57 Wednesday Night

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Release: February 11, 2004
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Feb. 11, 2004

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NORFOLK, VA - Alex Loughton had a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Old Dominion men's basketball team to a 71-57 win over James Madison University Wednesday night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. With the win, ODU improves to 14-8 for the season and 9-4 in Colonial Athletic Association play. James Madison drops to 7-15 and 3-10 in the CAA, and leave with their three-game winning streak snapped. ODU is tied with VCU for second, while Drexel still leads the CAA.

After nearly three minutes of scoreless play to start off the game, James Madison's Dwayne Broyles connected on a lay-up at the 17:16 mark to put the first points of the game on the board and give the Dukes a 2-0 lead early. Alex Loughton answered for the Monarchs, seconds later with a lay-up of his own, to tie the game at 2. By the 14:22 mark of the half, the game was still tied, now at 9-9, for the third tie of the half, but ODU would score the next five points, led by Loughton's two free throws, to grab a 14-9 lead with 11:13 remaining in the half. Daniel Freeman made a lay-up moments later to cut the Monarch lead to 14-11, but another 5-0 Monarch run put ODU up by a 19-11 score with 9:25 left in the half. Isaiah Hunter (Charlotte, NC) connected on a three-pointer and Loughton hit a jumper during the run. JMU came back, though, with a 9-2 run to cut the lead to just two points, 21-19, with 6:26 remaining in the half. ODU still held a one-point, 26-25 lead, at the 3:39 mark, but a 6-0 Dukes run put JMU up 30-25 with 2:20 left before halftime. Alex Loughton and John Waller (Richmond, VA) each scored a basket in the final minute of play to bring the Monarchs back to within one-point of JMU, 30-29, going into the half.

John Waller got the scoring started in the second half for the Monarchs, connecting on a three-pointer at the 19:11 mark of the half to give ODU the 32-30 lead. Chris Williams, then, connected on a lay-up over a minute later to tie the game up at 32 with 17:58 remaining in the game. At the 16:32 mark, the game was still tied at 34, but a 9-3 Monarch run gave ODU the 43-37 lead with 14:12 left in the half. Waller had two three-pointers in the run. ODU still held a six point lead, 47-41, at the 11:38 mark of the half, after Alex Loughton hit a jumper. That sparked a 7-0 run that gave the Monarchs an 11-point lead, 52-42 with 11:00 remaining in the game. Kiah Thomas (Norfolk, VA) capped the run with a three-pointer. The Monarchs were leading by 12 points, 55-43, at the 9:36 mark of the half, but James Madison was able to cut the lead down to just six points, 58-52, at the 5:13 mark of the half. A 9-0 Monarch run gave ODU a commanding 15-point lead, 67-52, with 2:20 remaining in the half, with John Waller and Isaiah Hunter each contributing a three-pointer, and the Dukes were unable to get any closer than 12-points-following a three-pointer by Dwayne Broyles-for the rest of the game. Alex Loughton connected on a jumper with just under a minute left in the game to give ODU the 71-57 lead. Loughton's basket was the final of the game, giving ODU the 71-57 victory Wednesday night.

Alex Loughton's double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds led the way for the Monarchs during the game, with John Waller adding 18 points and Isaiah Hunter chipping in 15. Troy Nance (Virginia Beach, VA) had a game-high six assists for the game. James Madison had three players in double-figures, with Daniel Freeman leading the way with 16. Dwayne Broyles had 15 points and Chris Williams added 10. For the game, ODU out-shot JMU 43.6% (24-55) to 40.0% (26-55). More telling, however, is the fact that the Dukes didn't hit a single free throw for the game, and had only one opportunity throughout. ODU, on the other hand, shot 14-18 from the charity stripe. ODU also held a commanding 46-26 rebounding edge for the game while committing six more turnovers than JMU (15-9).

ODU next plays Delaware at home on Valentine's Day, at 7 p.m.,February 14. A mass wedding, led by Z104, will take place on the court during halftime.

Post Game Quotes:

Old Dominion University

Head Coach Blaine Taylor: "JMU has been playing some real good basketball, they have truly improved. I compliment our kids for really stepping it up. We were poised, ready to play. We shot a tremendous percentage from the three in the second half; we played to win instead of playing not to lose. We were in the right frame of mind tonight. I told them that we need to get into a rhythm at half time and in the second half, they did. Our guys played good defense. Alex (Loughton) effectively guarded (Daniel) Freeman; John Waller did an excellent job on (Dwayne) Broyles; and Isaiah (Hunter) really put the clamps on (Ray) Barbosa."

On Freshman Guard, Drew Williamson: "He stepped up. Tonight, he made some key plays out there and he was the straw in the drink, so to speak."

On JMU: "One of the keys to the game is to keep them (JMU) off the (free-throw) line. They try to take the ball in and draw fouls. We have been preparing for the last two or three practices on, what I like to call, roofing them, standing there and making them shoot over us."

On VCU losing at George Mason (69-57): "Other games, that hasn't been our focus. Whenever we are called, we are ready to play. We know that we have a chance with anyone when we do what we're supposed to do."

Senior Forward, John Waller: "After coming off the Hofstra game and shooting well there, I wanted to keep my confidence up. It felt very good knocking down my shot tonight and it continually builds my confidence for the next game."

"You have to feel your way through the first half. We knew when we went into the locker room at half time, that we needed to step our defense up starting the second half."

On Freshman Guard, Drew Williamson: "Drew is one of the pivotal players coming off the bench and what he contributes is very important to our team."

Sophomore Forward, Alex Loughton: "The league notices when you score well so when you actually play, they limit how many shots you can take. I felt good and I was able to despoil their match up tonight. The coaches have definitely pushed us to utilize the facilities and rest our bodies. I haven't felt this good in the past two or three weeks."

James Madison University

Head Coach Sherman Dillard: "I felt like we came in ready to play and it was evident in the first half. By the second half, I saw signs of fatigue. After playing three games and traveling in such a short amount of time, I could understand how your legs are just not there. We definitely need some time off."

On Old Dominion: "I have to give credit to Old Dominion for changing up and closing out on our shooters. They gave so much support to each other and they did a good job defending us tonight. Old Dominion, they have all the pieces and from what I saw tonight, they are very, very good; one of the best in this league."

Senior Forward, Dwayne Broyles: "We are a very confident team. Every game we come out and strap up our shoes to play. But you have to give credit to ODU; they brought their game tonight. (John) Waller was on fire. He hit some big shots and blew the game wide open. They switched it up on us, playing zone, and did a great job switching their defense."

Senior Guard, Chris Williams: "They (ODU) kept switching it up on us and it really threw us off. We just were not making our shots tonight."

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