Second-Half Rally Falls Short In 72-69 Loss To Winthrop

December 21, 2007
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Dec. 21, 2007

Box Score

ROCK HILL, SC--Freshman guard Darius James scored a career high 19 points and senior guard Brandon Johnson added 14 points in the Monarchs, (6-6) 62-59 loss at Winthrop (6-5) Friday night.

The Monarchs trailed, 31-21 at halftime and 53-39 with 6:31 remaining, but Made a furious rally and had a chance to tie as time ran out when Brandon John's trey rimmed out with two seconds left.

ODU cut the score to 59-57 with 1:20 left after a trey by Jonathan Adams, but Taj McCullough came back with a basket for Winthrop to make it 61-57. James Was then fouled on a three-point attempt. He hit two to make it 61-59. Andy Buechert Then hit one of two free throws with nine seconds left.

James, who made his first start of his collegiate career scored 12 points against Richmond and had only three at the half tonight. In the second half James nailed three more treys as well as five of six free throws to help the Monarchs rally.

Brandon Johnson hauled down seven boards, dished out four assists and came Up with four steals for ODU. Jonathan Adams added nine points and a game high Eight rebounds., while Gerald Lee scored ten, blocked two shots and hauled in Seven boards.

The Monarchs shot .333 (8-24) from the floor in the first half and .392 (20-51) For the game. The Monarchs outrebounded Winthrop, 37-29. The Eagles scored 21 points off of ODU's 20 turnovers, while the Monarchs scored 13 points off of 16 Eagle turnovers. ODU shot .238 (5-21) from beyond the arc.

Winthrop had four players in double figures, led by Taj McCullough with 14, Antwon Harris with 13, Michael Jenkins with 12 and Chris Gaynor with 11. Winthrop shot .458 (22-4) from the floor.

The Monarchs break for Christmas and return to action on Dec. 29 at UAB.