Monarchs Take Out UNC Wilmington, 67-57
By ODU Athletics
Jan. 8, 2003
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Old Dominion drained three consecutive 3-pointers late in the second half, including a pair of key shots by John Waller, to snap UNC Wilmington's 10-game home winning streak, 67-57, Monday night at Trask Coliseum.
The Monarchs improved to 5-6 overall and 2-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association with the conference victory. The Seahawks now stand 7-4 and 1-1.
Senior guard Brett Blizzard paced the Seahawks with 20 points and senior center Craig Callahan added 16 points.
ODU dialed long distance in the final 20 minutes, canning 7-of-10 treys in the period, to hand the Seahawks their worst home loss since a 74-52 loss to Campbell on Dec. 16, 1995. It was also the worst home conference loss for the Seahawks since a 63-45 defeat to Virginia Commonwealth on Jan. 29, 1995.
In the second half, Blizzard fired consecutive 3-pointers and the Seahawks built a seven-point lead, 31-24, on Anthony Terrell's dunk with 18:12 remaining. ODU answered, however, with a 12-2 run to take a 36-33 advantage on T.J. Walden's floater in the lane at 14:10.
Leading 47-41 with nine minutes remaining, ODU used a pair of triples by Waller and another by Wright to build a 56-41 cushion. ODU then built its largest lead of the game, 18 points, with 4:27 left when Waller connected on a pair of free throws for a 61-43 lead.
Old Dominion took advantage of cold shooting by UNCW in the first 20 minutes to take a 24-23 into the break. After Joel Justus opened the game with a layup for the Seahawks, the Monarchs scored eight unanswered points for an 8-2 edge and then used a late mini-run to hold off the Seahawks by one point at intermission.
The Monarchs host William and Mary on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m., in the Ted Constant Convocation Center.