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Monarchs Defeat Towson, 70-49

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Release: January 24, 2004
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Jan 24, 2004

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Alex Loughton scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Old Dominion beat Towson 70-49 on Saturday. That was Loughton's eighth double-double of the year.

Old Dominion (10-6, 5-2 Colonial Athletic Association) rallied from a nine-point first half deficit to end a two-game losing streak. The Monarchs are 3-1 in the CAA on the road.

The Monarchs trailed for most of the first half as Towson opened up a 12-4 lead in the first five minutes, hitting five of its first six shots from the floor.

"Towson was good at the start of the game, and we were not," said Blaine Taylor. "We had to work our way forward to get back in the game."

The Tigers (6-11, 3-5, CAA) extended their lead to 19-10 with 11:24 left in the half before Old Dominion rallied.

Trailing by 25-18 with 7:38 left in the half, Old Dominon held the Tigers scoreless the rest of the way. Led by John Waller, the Monarchs closed out the half with a 12-0 run and led by 30-25 at halftime. Old Dominion never trailed again.

Loughton was one of four Monarchs to score in double figures. Sophomore guard Isaiah (Charlotte, NC.,) John Waller each scored 14 points while freshman Arnaud Dahi (Ivory Coast,Africa) scored 12, nine in the second half. Waller hauled in nine rebounds. ODU shot only .389 from the floor (28-72), but outrebounded the Tigers, 51-33.

The Monarchs used an 8-0 run early in the second half to grab a 47-33 lead with 14:40 left in the game. The Monarchs continued to build on their lead and led by as many as 24 points in the final minutes.

The Monarchs return to CAA play Monday with a 7 p.m. contest at William and Mary.

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