Monarchs Defeat Arkansas State, 69-61 In Cox Classic
Nov. 11, 2006
NORFOLK, VA-- Seniors Valdas Vasylius and Drew Williamson each scored 17 points to lead the Monarchs (2-0) to a 69-61 victory over Arkansas State (0-2) in the second day of the Cox Classic. ODU will play Clemson Sunday at 4:30, and Arkansas State will play Monmouth at 2:00.
ODU led by 13 at halftime, 38-25 and led by as many as 17, 63-46 with 4:59 left in the game. Ryan Wedel hit a trey with 15 seconds left to cut it to the final margin of eight points.
Vasylius was 8 for 10 from the free throw line and hauled down six rebounds for the game high. Williamson, who scored a career high 19 last night against Monmouth added 17 tonight with six steals and four assists.
As a team, ODU came up with nine steals and forced ASU into 20 turnovers.
ASU was led by Adrian Banks with 20 points, followed by Ryan Wedel with 15 points and six assists.
Arkansas State lost two players to foul trouble in Isaac Wells and Kewain Gant.
ASU shot .584 from the floor, while ODU shot only 411.
In game two, Clemson defeated Monmouth, 77-65. Monmouth led, 37-36 at halftime, but the Tigers took the lead for good at 7:49 left, 58-57 on James Mays jumper. Mays and KC Rivers hit a total of ten free throws the last 2:16 to put the game away.
Mays led Clemson with 19 points and nine rebounds. Trevor Booker and Cliff Hammonds had 12 each and Vernon Hamilton and KC Rivers scored ten each. Clemson shot .491 (28-57) from the floor.
Monmouth was led by Whitney Coleman with 17 and Dejan Delic with 18 points. Monmouth outrebounded Clemson, 36-27, but committed 25 turnovers.