ODU Edges Charlotte, 69-68
By ODU Athletics
Nov. 16, 2008
Charlotte, N.C. (AP)-- Jonathan Adams hit a 3-pointer with 5.5 seconds to give Old Dominion a 69-68 victory against Charlotte on Sunday night in the Monarchs' season opener. The Monarchs host UAB Saturday at 4 p.m. for homecoming.
Ben Finney, Darius James and Gerald Lee scored 14 points each for Old Dominion (1-0), which outrebounded the 49ers 39-23 en route to victory. Old Dominion fell behind with 6:20 left in the game, and didn't regain the lead until Adams' shot fell from the top of the key.
Finney's 3-pointer closed Charlotte's lead to 67-66 with 14.5 seconds left. DiJuan Harris, the Atlantic 10's leader last season in turnover-to-assist ratio, missed one of two free throws for Charlotte (1-1), then turned the ball over at midcourt. That gave Old Dominion a final possession, trailing by two.
Harris' runner from the baseline rimmed out as time expired for Charlotte.
ODU shot .431 (22-51) from the floor. Gerald Lee was six-for-nine and Ben Finney was three-for-six, followed by Marsharee Neely at three-for-four. Darius James hit three-for five from beyond the arc and ODU was 9-18 for the game.
Charlotte hit 24-27 free throws(16-17 in the second half) for the game, while ODU was 16-31 (.762).
This was the Monarchs first win over its former Sun Belt Conference rival since 1998-99.The was the Monarchs first ever win at Halton Arena and first win in Charlotte since 1988-89.
WHile ODU committed 18 turnovers, sophomore point guard Darius James played 36 minutes without a turnover,scoring 14 points with four assists.