Finney Leads ODU Over Northeastern, 70-58

February 27, 2008
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Feb. 27, 2008

Box Score

NORFOLK, VA--Old Dominion University freshman forward Ben Finney scored a career high 20 points along with six rebounds to lead the Monarchs (17-13/11-6) to a 70-58 victory over Northeastern (12-16/8-9) Wednesday night.

Northeastern led by six, 33-27 at halftime and by as many as eight, 41-33 with 16:20 left in the game. ODU went on a 10-2 run sparked by six points from Gerald Lee and a game tying trey by senior Brian Henderson with 12:36 left (43-43).

ODU took the lead for good at the 10:02 mark on a basket by Jonathan Adams to make it 47-45. Ben Finney's trey with 7:10 left put the Monarchs up 55-47 With 7:10 left. ODU eventually built the lead to 14 at 64-50 after Finney stole the ball, dunked it on the break, and then hit a free throw.

Gerald Lee scored 12 points and hauled down a career high tying 12 rebounds. Brandon Johnson scored 12 points, dished out four assists and came up with three more steals to give him 229 for his career. Johnson now ranks fourth all-time in CAA history and second all-time in ODU history. His 82 steals this season is third best in CAA single season history.

Northeastern was led by Matt Janning with 14 points, followed by Nkem Ojougboh, Chaisson Allen and Eugene Spates with 11 points each.

ODU shot .475 (28-59) from the floor for the game, but .567 (17-30) in the second half. Northeastern was held to .364 (20-55) for the game. The Monarchs also outrebounded the Huskies, 38-32.

ODU has now won six straight games and are tied with UNCW for third place in the CAA.

ODU finishes the regular season Saturday on the road at UNC Wilmington. game time is 4 p.m. on ComCastsportsnet channel 35 in Hampton Roads.