Old Dominion Downs American, 84-57
By ODU Athletics
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Old Dominion's Andre McCullum(Whiteville, NC.) scored 10 of his game-high 18 points in the second half as the hot-shooting Monarchs topped AU, 84-57. 13 of the 14 Monarchs scored and eight hit atleast one three-pointer. After a 1-7 start of the season, the Monarchs are 10-5. Overall, ODU is now 11-12 and 6-4 in the CAA.
Old Dominion also got 16 points from Ricardo Marsh (Mebane, NC.), 11 from Heath Burris (Va.Beach, Va.), and ten points from Rasheed Wright (Greensboro, NC.). ODU hit 12-18 from three-point range(.667) and outrebounded the Eagles, 31-24. Senior Clifton Jones, the CAA's leading rebounded hauled in another ten rebounds.
After shooting 56 percent from the floor in the first half, the Monarchs did not let up in the second half, making 16 of 28 (57.1 percent) attempts from the field. AU shot 60 percent (12 of 20) from the floor in the second half but could not overcome ODU's strong play. With 3:40 to play, the Monarchs built their largest lead of the game, a 36-point margin at 80-44.
the .667 shooting from three-point range was the best since the .708 (17-24) shooting against James Madison back on Feb. 17, 1993.
AU's Ronald Hearns recieved a technical and was ejected after an altercation with the Monarchs Heath Burris.
With AU trailing by nine with 4:16 remaining in the first half, the Monarchs went on a 15-5 run to close the period with a 41-22 lead. Marsh led all scorers in the first half with 14 points. The victory put Monarch head coach Jeff Capel just one win shy of 200 for collegiate his career.
The Monarchs hit the road again for the second leg of a four straight CAA road swing on Saturday night when they play UNC Wilmington. Gametime is 7 p.m. at UNCW's Trask Coliseum.