Dahi Leads ODU Past Drexel
By ODU Athletics
Jan. 5, 2005
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Arnaud Dahi hit a short jump shot with 10 seconds remaining to lift Old Dominion to a 60-59 victory over Drexel on Wednesday night.
Dahi scored 18 points for the Monarchs (12-2, 2-0 Colonial Athletic Association), who won despite scoring only 19 points in the second half, which featured a five-minute period in which neither team scored.
The Dragons (4-6, 0-2) battled back from a 17-point deficit with the aid of 11 points off the bench by Dominick Mejia, who hit three 3-pointers in the second half. Bashir Mason hit a pair of free throws to put the Dragons up by one with only 36 seconds to go.
Old Dominion used a 23-5 run capped by a Valdis Vasylius layup with 16:19 remaining in the game to take a 49-32 lead. The Dragons whittled away the lead with a 24-7 run of their own to tie the game 56-56 with 6:30 left.
The Monarchs regained the lead with 6:09 remaining on a Dahi layup, but neither team scored again until Drexel's Chaz Crawford hit a free throw with 1:26 left.
Isaiah Hunter added 13 points for Old Dominion. Drew Williamson led ODU with five assists and three steals, while Dahi blocked three shots and hauled in six rebounds. Alex Loughton added eight first half points and led with seven rebounds.
Phil Goss scored a team-high 13 points for Drexel.Dominick Mejia came off the bench to scored 11, all in the second half.
ODU shot .415 (22-53) from the field (7-24 for .292) in the second half. Drexel shot .385 for the game, .346 in the second half. Both teams committed only ten turnovers, and ODU came up with eight steals.
The Monarchs return to action Saturday night when they host James Madison in a CAA contest at 7 p.m.