Gerald Lee Leads ODU over Iona, 74-63
Nov. 20, 2007
NORFOLK, VA--Sophomore forward Gerald Lee scored a career high 19 points and hauled in seven boards to lead the Monarchs of Old Dominion (3-1) to a 74-63 victory over Iona (0-4) Tuesday night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. This was game two of the Findlay-Toyota Las Vegas Classic.
The Gaels lead by six, 8-2 with 15:54 left in the first half. Gerald Lee gave the Monarchs its first lead at 10-9 with 14:25 remaining, and freshman forward Ben Finney gave ODU its lead for good at 20-19 on a free throw with 8:52 left. The Monarchs took their biggest lead of the half at 36-26 with 1:42 left after a Gerald Lee three-point play.
In the second half, ODU enjoyed its biggest lead at 13 points at 48-35 with 14:15 left. Iona rallied and cut the ODU lead to six at 48-42 with 10:17 left on a trey by Milan Prodanovic, and again with 53 seconds left on a layup by Dexter Gray to make it 67-61. ODU outscored the Gaels 7-2 on free throws by Abdi Lidonde (4), Jonathan Adams(1), and Brian Henderson(2).
Brandon Johnson got his second double-double of his career with 11 points and ten assists, along with four steals. Brian Henderson added 11 points and Jonathan Adams scored eight Points with six boards. Sophomore Marsharee got his first start of the season and contributed eight points.
Iona was led by Devon Clarke with 17 points, and Dexter Gray with 16 points and seven rebounds. Iona shot .491 (26-53) from the floor, while ODU was. 403 (25-62). The Monarchs committed only 11 turnovers and forced Iona into 19.
Through four games, Lee leads ODU with 11.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, While Brandon Johnson is at 9.3 points, 6.5 assists per game along 3.1 steals.
ODU travels to Las Vegas to take on top ranked North Carolina Friday night on ESPNU for an 11:55 p.m. contest. ODU will play either Louisville or BYU Saturday at either 7:30 or 10:30 et.