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Delaware Downs Old Dominion 75-74 In Overtime

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Release: January 15, 2003
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Jan. 15, 2003

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NORFOLK, VA -- The Delaware Blue Hens moved into sole possession of first place in the CAA with a 75-74 overtime win over the Old Dominion men's basketball team this evening at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

The loss snaps ODU's two-game winning streak as the Monarchs fall to 6-7 overall and 3-2 in the CAA. The Blue Hens have now won four in a row and improves their record to 9-5 overall and 4-1 in the CAA. With the win and George Mason's loss to Virginia Commonwealth this evening, Delaware moves into the top position in the CAA.

Senior forward Richardo Marsh (Mebane, NC) led all scorers with a career-high 30 points surpassing his previous high of 25 against Towson in the CAA opener. The Blue Hens were led by senior guard Ryan Iversen who reset his season-high by coming off the bench to net 18.

In all, three Monarchs reached double figures, led by Marsh's 30. It was the first time a Monarch eclipsed the 30-point mark since Mark Poag scored 32 against George Mason on February 21, 1998. Senior forward Rasheed Wright (Greensboro, NC) collected his fourth double-double of the year with 16 points and 10 rebounds and is now just two shy of the 1,000 point plateau. Rookie guard Isaiah Hunter (Charlotte, NC) scored 10 points while junior guard Troy Nance (Va. Beach, VA) dished out a career-high 11 assists.

The Blue Hens had four in double figures. Iversen was just one rebound short of a double-double with his 18 points and nine boards. Sophomore guard Mike Slattery was also just short of a double-double with 16 points and nine assists. Junior guard Mike Ames and senior forward Maurice Sessoms also reached double figures with 13 and 10 points respectively.

Old Dominion is now 34-36 in overtime, with the last overtime game occurring back on January 19, 2002 against Virginia Commonwealth in a 79-77 loss. It was the first overtime affair in over two years for Delaware with the last coming on November 24, 2001 in an 84-78 victory against LaSalle.

The Monarchs held a slim one-point margin at intermission, 34-33. Two free throws by Delaware's Iversen tied the game at 9-9 with 13:52 to go, but Old Dominion would go on a 6-0 run for a 17-11 lead with 11:56 remaining in the half. The Monarchs extended their lead by as much as eight as a lay-up by freshman center Alex Loughton (Perth, Australia) gave Old Dominion a 21-13 advantage. However, the Blue Hens climbed back holding the Monarchs to just one field goal over the next 4:17 and claimed a 27-23 lead with just over four minutes left. In the closing minute of the half, Hunter, coming off the ODU bench, made a driving lay-up to the basket to tie the game at 32-32 and Marsh tipped in the final basket of the half to return the lead back to the Monarchs.

With Old Dominion leading 39-38 with 15:15 remaining in regulation, the Monarchs proceeded to take a 10-0 run to go up 49-38 with 11:27 on the clock. The Blue Hens climbed within four on an Iversen three-pointer, but the Monarchs were able to keep Delaware at bay as a Marsh lay-up put Old Dominion up by eight, 60-52. However, Delaware outscored the Monarchs 13-5 over the final 6:16 of the second half to force the extra session. Two free throws by Marsh gave the Monarchs a slim 65-61 edge with 2:35 to go, but Iversen sunk two from the charity stripe and a jumper by sophomore guard David Lunn tied the score at 65-65.

In overtime, the Blue Hens jumped out to a quick four-point lead before ODU was able to regain control and go up by two with a minute and a half remaining after buckets from Marsh and Wright. However, that would be the last time ODU would be on top as Iversen tied the game with a lay-up with 58 seconds left and Slattery hit a running floater down the lane with only eight seconds on the clock. Slattery then fouled Hunter on the Monarch's next possession, sending the freshman guard to the line for two shots with his team down 75-73. He would only convert one of his two chances, leaving Old Dominion on the down side of a 75-74 score.

The Monarchs controlled the boards all night long hauled in 50 boards as compared to Delaware's 36. Old Dominion grabbed 20 offensive rebounds and limited the Blue Hens to just seven. Both teams shot in the 40 percent range with ODU at a 41.7 clip and Delaware at a 46.7 shooting percentage. However, the Monarchs hit just seven of its 18 shots from the free throw line shooting just 41.2 percent.

The Monarchs will look to rebound when they travel to Hofstra this Saturday for a CAA contest at 1:00 p.m.

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