Monarchs Beat CAA Leading Northeastern In Season Finale
March 2, 2013
BOSTON, MA-- Five Monarchs scored in double figures and ODU hit eight of its last 10 free throws in the final 42 seconds to beat CAA regular season champion Northeastern, 81-74 Saturday afternoon in historic Matthews Arena. It was the final CAA contest for ODU which will begin play in Conference USA next season.
Red-shirt sophomore forward Richard Ross led ODU with 17 points, nine rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals. Ross has now blocked 40 shots in the last 13 games. Joining him in double figures were 6-9 senior DeShawn Painter with 15 points and seven rebounds, junior Donte Hill with 15 points, and four assists, freshman Keenan Palmore with 15 points and four steals and red-shirt sophomore Dimitri Batten with 13 points and four assists.
In the first half ODU led 18-13 at the 10:06 mark, then rolled out on a 21-5 run to take a 31-18 led with 3:11 left. ODU led 43-26 at halftime as Richard Ross had 11 points and DeShawn Painter 10. The Monarchs shot a blistering .633 (19-30) from the field to the Huskies .296 (8-27).
In the second half, Monarchs kept it up and built the lead to 25, at 62-37 with 11:30 left before Northeast began its rally. Led by Jonathan Lee with 17 second half points along with Joel Smith 14 second half points, Northeastern cut ODU's lead to four, 78-74 with 19 seconds left, but Dimitri Batten save the ball on an apparent Huskie steal then hit two free throws with 13 seconds remaining for a six-point lead. After a Richard Ross block, Donte Hill hit one of two free throws for the 81-74 win.
In shooting .544 (31-57) from the floor, the Monarchs finish the season shooting 50 percent or better in four of their final five games. The best was .589 against UNCW.
NU shot only .421 (24-57), but did shoot .533 (11-18) in the second half. The Huskies were led by Jonathan Lee with 26 points and Joel Smith with 19.
The Monarchs finish their 22-year run in the CAA with a 232-136 regular season record (.630) winning more CAA Championships (six) than any other school.
ODU interim head coach Jim Corrigan picked up his third win.