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Monarchs Close Regular Season With 69-53 Win At Delaware

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Release: February 25, 2006
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Feb. 25, 2006

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Isaiah Hunter scored 25 points, and Old Dominion closed out its regular season with a 69-53 victory over Delaware on Saturday.

The Monarchs (21-8, 13-5 Colonial Athletic Association) clinched the No. 4 seed in the CAA tournament and will face Northeastern in the quarterfinals March 4 at 2:30 p.m. in Richmond, VA.

Drew Williamson added 13 points for the Monarchs, and Alex Loughton had nine points and 11 rebounds.

The Blue Hens (8-20, 4-14) have lost 20 games in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history. Delaware will be the No. 9 seed for the CAA tournament and will face No. 8 Drexel in the first round on March 3.

In his home finale, Harding Nana had 31 points and 18 rebounds - his 15th double-double of the season and the 39th of his career.

Old Dominion never trailed and led 28-15 at halftime, holding Delaware to its lowest first-half point total since the 1992 season.

Delaware got within seven after Nana made two free throws with 9:45 remaining. But they would never get any closer as the Monarchs went on a 10-2 run to maintain control.

The pairings are set for the 2006 Aeropostale CAA Men's Basketball Championship, which will be held March 3-6 at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va.

UNC Wilmington (22-7, 15-3) and George Mason (22-6, 15-3) shared the CAA regular-season title, but the Seahawks earned the #1 seed based on the conference's tie-breaking procedures.

Here are the tournament pairings:

Friday, March 3 - First Round
Game 1 - #8 Drexel (15-15, 8-10) vs. #9 Delaware (8-20, 4-14) - Noon
Game 2 - #5 Northeastern (17-10, 12-6) vs. #12 James Madison (5-22, 2-16) - 2:30 p.m.
Game 3 - #7 Towson (12-15, 8-10) vs. #10 Georgia State (6-21, 3-15) - 6 p.m.
Game 4 - #6 VCU (18-9, 11-7) vs. #11 William & Mary (8-19, 3-15) - 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 4 - Quarterfinals Game 5 - #1 UNC Wilmington (22-7, 15-3) vs. Drexel/Delaware winner - Noon Game 6 - #4 Old Dominion (21-8, 13-5) vs. Northeastern/James Madison winner - 2:30 p.m. Game 7 - #2 George Mason (22-6, 15-3) vs. Towson/Georgia State winner - 6 p.m. Game 8 - #3 Hofstra (22-5, 14-4) vs. VCU/William & Mary winner - 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 5 - Semifinals Game 9 - Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6 - 3:30 p.m. Game 10 - Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8 - 6 p.m.

Monday, March 6 CAA Championship Game - 7 p.m.

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