ODU Blows Past William & Mary

January 26, 2008
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Jan. 26, 2008

Box Score

The ODU Monarchs Gerald Lee scored 15 points and freshman Darius James added 12 to lead ODU to a 72-59 victory over the Tribe of William and Mary Saturday night at Kaplan Arena. The Monarchs were a perfect 17-17 from the free throw line.

William and Mary led, 37-36 at halftime thanks to.538 (14-26) shooting along with 7-15 (.467) from three-point range.

In the second half, ODU took the lead for good with 12:05 left on two Gerald Lee free throws. After Abdi Lidonde and Jonathan Adams hit two free-throws, ODU was up six, 51-45.

Down the stretch, Brian Henderson nailed a trey and Gerald Lee hit one as well to give ODU a 57-47 lead with 5:31 left. The Tribe could get no closer than seven at 3:50 (59-52) and 3:12 (61-54). Darius James scored nine points in the last 3:00 minutes to push the lead to 12 and ending the Monarchs two-game losing streak.

Brian Henderson scored 11 and freshman Frank Hassell added ten with six boards. Ben Finney also hauled down six boards to go along with his eight points.

ODU dominated the boards at 43-24 and finished the game shooting .407 (24-5) from the floor, while the Tribe shot .415 (22-53). William and Mary shot .296(8-27) int he second half, and ODU was 11-22 (.500).

In all, ODU's defense held the Tribe scoreless for 7:25 of the second half. The Tribe was led by Laimis Kisielius with 26 points. He was 5-10 from beyond the arc and 9-16 from the floor. Danny Sumner added 13,but only scored two in the second half.

The 17-17 free throw shooting tied the school mark which was set in 2005 against Richmond as the Monarchs were 22-22.

ODU returns to action Wednesday night when they host the Seahawk of UNCW who defeated George Mason tonight.