Loughton Leads ODU Past Fordham, 65-52 In Paradise Jam Tournament
By ODU Athletics
Nov. 19, 2005
ST. THOMAS, VI--Senior pre-season All-American Alex Loughton (Perth, Australia) scored 17 points and hauled in 15 rebounds to lead the Monarchs of Old Dominion (2-0) to a 65-52 victory over Fordham (0-1) Saturday night in the semi-finals of the Paradise Jam basketball tournament. ODU will play the University of Wisconsin Monday night in the championship game at 8:30 ET. The game can be seen in Hampton Roads on ComCast Sportsnet channel 35. Wisconson defeated Eastern Kentucky in double overtime.
Fordham led most of the first half and took a 29-27 lead into the locker room at the break behind some balanced scoring led by Jermaine Anderson with six points, Bryant Dunston, Mrcus Stout, and Nicholas Vita with five each. ODU shot .259( 7-27) from the floor while the Rams shot .357 (10-28 ) from the field.
In the second half, the Monarchs finally took control late after four ties and nine lead changes.
With the score tied at 51 with 5:30 left, Valdas Vasylius (Klapieda, Lithuania) tipped in a basket to put ODU up for good at 53-51. Drew Williamson then hit a jumper to make it 55-51 at 3:47 mark, then Isaiah Hunter hit a trey with 3:11 left to make it 58-51.
After a two free throws by Bryant Dunston , Williamson nailed another trey to give ODU a 61-52 lead with 2:03 left. Williams then hit four more free throws in the final two minutes. In all, the junior point guard scored nine points in the final four minutes of play.
Besides Loughton's double-double, Isaiah Hunter added 11 points, and Williamson finished with 15 points and two assists.
ODU shot .370 (20-54) from the floor while the Fordham Rams shot .281 (18-64). In the second half, ODU's defense held Fordham to no treys and .222 (8-36) shooting.