Monarchs Fall To No. 9 North Carolina, 90-64
By ODU Athletics
Nov. 22, 2003
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Roy Williams was back, and No. 9 North Carolina might be, too.
The storied program lost a combined 36 games the last two seasons, but the Tar Heels gave their new coach an impressive victory in his debut, beating Old Dominion 90-64 Saturday night.
ODU freshman Abdi Lidonde led the Monarchs with a career high 15 points in his college debut. He hit five of eight from three point range. Senior John Waller (Richmond, Va.) added 14 points and hauled in nine rebounds. Freshman Valdas Vasylius (Klaipeda, Lithuania) scored nine points and Arnaud Dahi (Ivory Coast) scored seven.
Rashad McCants had 18 points and a career-high eight assists against an Old Dominion squad with eight players who were either freshmen or sophomores.
Sean May, who missed most of last season with a stress fracture in his left foot, was back in form with 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocks as the Tar Heels shot 61 percent (37-61).
The Tar Heels shot the most 3-pointers in the ACC last season, but weren't firing away much from the outside under Williams, who yelled repeatedly from the bench to "get the ball inside."
And North Carolina's defensive pressure was evident from the start as Old Dominion (0-1) missed 22 of its first 29 shots, turned it over 11 times and had six shots blocked in the opening 20 minutes to fall into a deep hole.
Felton's three-point play was part of a 22-6 run that gave North Carolina a 17-point cushion midway through an opening period in which the Tar Heels shot 59.3 percent.
North Carolina pushed its lead to 22 by the first TV timeout of the second half, after Jawad Williams scored on a pair of layups and May added a hook shot and a fast-break basket.
ODU returns to action next Saturday when they host 13th ranked St. Joseph's in the Ted Constant Convocation Center.