ODU Defeats Towson On Strong Defense, 51-47
Jan. 3, 2011
TOWSON, MD-- The ODU Monarchs held Towson,to 19 second half points in a 51-47 Colonial Athletic Association victory Monday night. The Monarchs improve to 10-3 overall and 1-1 in the CAA. Towson ranked second in the in scoring at 74.6 points per game.
The victory gives Blaine Taylor win No. 198 tying him with Bud Metheny (1948-65) for the most career wins at ODU.
ODU jumped out to a 26-12 lead with 6:57 left in the first half before the Tigers rallied and tied the game at 28-28 on a halfcourt shot by Josh Brown as time expired at halftime. The Tigers were shooting .500 (11-22) from the field.
In the second half, after five ties, ODU grabbed the lead, 42-40 on a layup by Frank Hassell with 6:15 left. After a TU turnover, Hassell scored again to put the Monarchs up, 44-40. Isaiah Philmore hit two free throws for the Tigers, but Kent Bazemore came back with a score to make it 46-42.
After Philmore hit one of two free throws, Darius James then hits a trey to put ODU up 49-43 with 3:20 left. Towson would make one more rally on two free throws from Braxton Dupree and a layup by Philmore to cut the score, to 49-47 with 12 seconds remaining. Monarch senior James put the game out of reach with two free throws.
Ben Finney not only scored eight points with 10 boards, but also added three assists, three steals and a blocked shot.
ODU shot .377 (20-53) from the floor, while the Tigers shot .378 (17-45), but .261 (6-23) in the second half. ODU regained its dominance on the boards, outrebounding the Tigers, 41-23.
Towson was led in scoring by Philmore with 16, followed by Dupree with 10 points and eight rebounds.
ODU returns to action Wednesday night when they host Northeastern at 7 p.m. in the Constant Center.