ODU Clinches Top Seed With 82-66 Win Over W&M

February 19, 2005
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Feb. 19, 2005

Box Score

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - Isaiah Hunter scored 15 of his 19 points during the second half as Old Dominion defeated William and Mary 82-66 Saturday.

Old Dominion (24-4, 14-2 Colonial Athletic Association) started the game with an 11-2 run followed later by a 14-0 run that made it 29-8 with 8:56 remaining in the half. William and Mary's Nate Loehrke got hot, scoring 13 of his career-high 21 points to end the first half down 44-27. The victory clinched the top spot for ODU in next month's CAA Tournament in Richmond, VA. The last time ODU was the top seed in the CAA tournament was in 1997.

Hunter sank two 3-pointers and a jumper in the first five minutes of the second half. The Monarchs had their biggest lead at 63-40 with 11:21 remaining when a Laimis Kisielius 3-pointer sparked a 17-6 Tribe run that brought William and Mary (6-19, 2-14) to within 12, the closest they could get, with 5:16 left. Kisielius scored seven during that drive to finish the night with 16.

Alex Loughton had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Monarchs, and Drew Williamson added 12. For Loughton, who was named to the NABC First team All-District IV squad for the second straight year, it was his ninth double-double of the year. Loughton also handed out four assists.

Nick D'Antoni scored 10 for the Tribe.

The Monarchs committed only nine turnovers on the night which is the eighth time this season ODU has had ten or less miscues in a game.

The 24 wins in a season puts the Monarchs one shy of the school record of 25 which has been done four times. They were: in 1976-77; 1974-75; 1979-80 and 1998-99.

ODU hosts Hofstra Wednesday night at 7 p.m. That will be senior night for the Monarchs lone senior, Kiah Thomas of Norfolk, VA.