Monarchs Defeat Long Island, 77-69
By ODU Athletics
Nov. 14, 2011
Post-Game Press Conference:
NORFOLK, VA-- Four players scored in double figures to lead the ODU Monarchs to a 77-69 victory over Long Island Monday night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, before a crowd of 6624. This game is part of the Mohegan Sun Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament which the Monarchs play in this coming weekend.
Red-shirt freshman Dimitri Batten (Hampton, Va.) led the way with 16 points on six-for 11 shooting from the floor. He also had three assists, two blocks and a steal.
Senior Marquel De Lancey (Woodbridge, VA.) added 13 points with three assists on five-of-seven shooting, while senior forward Chris Cooper (Dumfries, VA.) scored 10 with 11 rebounds, three blocked, four assists and two steals. Freshman Breon Key (Hampton, VA.) came off the bench to score 10 points and led the way with a game high four steals.
Red-shirt sophomore Anton Larsen (Copenhagen, Denmark) equaled his career high of nine points tonight, all in the first half. The 7-0 center-forward hit four-of-five shots from the field, including a three-pointer. He also hauled down four rebounds and blocked a shot. Freshman Jason Pimentel (Ocala, Fl.) hauled down a career high 10 rebounds to go along with his six points.
The Monarchs led by as many as 13 in the second half, 49-36 with 17:09 left after a layup from De Lancey.
LIU cut the ODU lead to two points, 56-54 with 10:40 left on a layup by Julian Boyd, but De lancey hit a trey to put the Monarchs back up five. Michael Culpo hit a free throw to make it 59-55, but Bazemore hits back-to-back treys to push the ODU lead back to 10 at 65-55 with 6:24 left and LIU would get no closer than seven the rest of the game.
Bazemore finished the night with eight points, a team high five assists along with three blocked shots and two steals.
LIU had four players in double-figures led by Michael Culpo with 15. C.J. Garner scored 13 and Jamal Olasewere and Julian Boyd chipped in 12 each. Boyd led the Blackbirds with seven rebounds, while Jason Brickman dished out nine assists.
ODU finished the night shooting .484 (30-62) from the floor and outrebounding LIU, 39-35. The Blackbirds shot .424 (25-59) from the field and were held to just six treys.
The Monarchs return home to host Howard on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.