Monarchs Fall Short to Drexel, 62-57
By ODU Athletics
Feb. 19, 2003
NORFOLK, VA - The Old Dominion men's basketball team fell short to Drexel, 62-57, in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) action Wednesday night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center to split the season series.
The loss drops ODU conference record to 8-7, 11-12 overall, while Drexel improves to 10-5 in the CAA and 15-9 for the year. Old Dominion is now 0-8 in contests when they trail at halftime.
Junior guard John Waller (Richmond, VA) shot a perfect 4-4 from the beyond the arc to record his first career double-double with a team-high 14 points and 11 boards. Senior forward Rasheed Wright (Greensboro, NC) had 11 points and six rebounds while the Monarch's leading scorer, Ricardo Marsh (Mebane, NC), was held to eight points. Marsh, who had scored in double digits in the last 17 games, was held to single digits for the first time since netting just eight points against Hampton on December 4th.
Drexel senior guard Eric Schmieder led all scorers with 18 points to go along with eight rebounds and sophomore Phil Goss added 14 points in the win. The Dragons shot 45 percent (9-of-30) from beyond the three-point line.
The Dragons jumped out to 18-4 lead early in the first half. However, the Monarchs would then bounce back with a 10-2 run to bring the game within six at 20-14. Drexel would stay ahead throughout the half but their advantage dwindled to four, 29-25, at the half. Junior guard Troy Nance (Va. Beach, VA) hit four straight free throws in the final minutes, two of which were awarded when a technical foul was called on Drexel coach James "Bruiser" Flint.
The game would remain close the rest of the way with neither team taking more than a six-point advantage. The Monarchs fought back to tie the game at 36 after a T.J. Waldon (Lakeland, FL) three-point play at 14:05. The visitors then used three trifectas to take a 50-44 lead with 9:24 on the clock. Waldon evened the score again, this time at 54 all on a break away dunk with just under six minutes remaining. Waller nailed a three pointer a minute later to give the Monarchs their first lead since an opening 2-0 score. However, that would be ODU's last basket as they went 0-10 the rest of the way. Schmieder scored the last four points, two from the line, helping the Dragons to pull away in the final minutes.
ODU was only 5-of-8 from the line for the game, attempting only one free throw in the second half. They outrebounded the Dragons 41-34 but only shot 36.5 percent (23-63) in the game.
The Monarchs will head to Delaware for another CAA contest Saturday night at 2:00 p.m. ODU will look to avenge a 75-74 overtime loss at home last month to the Blue Hens. The game is the CAA Television Game of the Week and will be televised regionally by Comcast Sports (Ch. 35).