Monarchs Edge E.A. Sports All-Stars In Overtime
Nov. 1, 2001
NORFOLK, VA -- The Old Dominion men's basketball team overcame a 10-0 early first half deficit to walk away with a 106-99 overtime win over the E.A. Sports All-Star team in exhibition action at the Fieldhouse this evening. Junior Ricardo Marsh (Mebane, NC) led all scorers with game-high 25-point, 13-rebound effort.
The E.A. Sports All-Stars kept the Monarchs scoreless through nearly the first five minutes of play before a lay-up by junior Rasheed Wright (Greensboro, NC) finally put Old Dominion onto the board. The All-Stars extended their lead to 14 on a three-pointer by Tim Winne with 11:47 in the first half, but watched as the Monarchs went on a 15-2 to cut their deficit to one. A dunk by Wright in the closing seconds of the first half gave Old Dominion its first lead of the game and a 41-40 advantage at the half.
It was a back and forth battle through the opening minutes of the second half as the visitors took a six-point lead with 11:52 on the clock. The Monarchs battled back to within one on several occasions but saw E.A. Sports take an eight-point advantage with less than five minutes remaining in regulation. Old Dominion used a 9-2 run to close out the second half and tied the game at 93-93 the buzzer on a jumper by Marsh.
In overtime the Monarchs took control of the game for good allowing their counterparts to just netted five points in the extra session while scoring 13. Marsh used a 5-of-8 effort from the charity stripe along with a lay-up for seven points to lead Old Dominion in overtime.
E.A. Sports was led by Richie Frahm who netted 20 points of 7-of-14 shooting from the floor, as well as a 17-point night by Winne on 5-of-10 shooting.
The Monarchs had five players in double figures including Marsh. Wright added 22 points, while Virginia Beach native Troy Nance nearly missed a double-double with 12 points and nine boards. He also added seven assists on the night. Off the bench, newcomer Kiah Thomas (Norfolk, VA) netted 13 points while sophomore John Waller (Richmond, VA) added 10.
The Monarchs will return to action on Thursday, November 8th at 7:35 p.m. against the Kentucky ABA in their final exhibition showing. Old Dominion will begin the regular season at the NABC Guardians Classic against Sacramento State in Memphis, Tennessee on Tuesday, November 13th.