Old Dominion Falls to DePaul, 73-60

January 02, 2005
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Jan. 2, 2005

Box Score

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Quemont Greer scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Sunday to lead DePaul to a 73-60 win over Old Dominion.

Drake Diener had 16 points for DePaul (8-3) and Sammy Mejia returned from a one-game absence to score 11 for the Blue Demons in their third straight.

Arnaud Dahi led Old Dominion with a career high 19 points and Valdas Vasylius added 18, one shy of his career high as the Monarchs saw their seven-game winning streak end.

Sammy Mejia entered the game with 9:31 remaining in the first half and his basket with 33 seconds left gave DePaul a 30-29 lead at the break. The Blue Demons came out firing in the second half, going on a 13-2 run started by Diener hitting two consecutive 3-point baskets. Marlon Brumfield's jump shot with 3:10 left capped a 12-4 run to put DePaul up 67-50 and the game out of Old Dominion's reach.

In the first half DePaul led by six, 23-17 with 6:02 left, but ODU came back to tie the game at 23 (3:44) on a pair of treys by Kiah Thomas and Isaiah Hunter. After a Thomas basket with 1:08 left, ODU led by four ,29-25, but Greer hit a three, and Mejia hit a two with 31 seconds left to give DePaul, a 30-29 halftime lead.

The Monarchs struggled to find any offensive rhythm, shooting 9 for 25 in the second half and just 38.5 percent overall.

DePaul shot 45 percent overall and was 14 for 20 from the free throw line in the second half. Diener was 3 for 4 from the line, missing his first free throw after connecting on 30 straight dating back to last March.

The Monarchs travel to Philadelphia to start up CAA play on Wednesday night at Drexel. Game time is 7 p.m.