Monarchs Pull Away From Presbyterian, 63-54

December 23, 2010
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Dec. 23, 2010

Box Score

NORFOLK, VA-- Led by the play of Kent Bazemore, Darius James and Ben Finney, the Old Dominion (9-2) Monarchs defeated the Blue Hose of Presbyterian, 63-54 tonight in front of 6,738 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. The Monarchs outscored PC, 11-3 in the final six-plus minutes of the game.

Kent Bazemore led with 15 points, two steals and two blocked shots. Darius James added 14 points with five assists and four steals, while Ben Finney scored 12 points, and hauled down eight rebounds.

Presbyterian came into tonight's game after beating Auburn and Wake Forest. The Blue Hose led 16-10 at the 11:45 mark after a three-pointer by Josh Johnson. ODU rallied and took the lead, 20-18 on a layup by Trian Ilaidis.The Monarchs took a 30-27 halftime lead.

In the second half, ODU jumped to an eight point lead, 37-29 after a trey by Darius James, but Presbyterian rallied for a 46-45 lead on a dunk by Khalid Mutakabbir with 11:04 left in the game.

After trading baskets the next three minutes, ODU took the lead for good with 7:26 left on a layup by Frank Hassell on an assist from Trian Iliadis. PC would not score again until Al'Lonzo Coleman's layup with 1:57 left.

Hassell and Finney hit two free throws each, and Darius James hit four free throws in the final 6:52 of the contest.

ODU shot .423 (22-52) from the field, while PC was .396 (21-53). The Monarchs dominated the boards, 40-26 as Frank Hassell hauled down a game high 12 boards, along with Finney's eight and Keyon Carter's seven.

Presbyterian was led by Al'Lonzo Coleman with 17 points and eight rebounds, followed by Khalid Mutakabbir's 11 points, four assists and three steals. Pierre Miller led the Blue Hose with five assists.

The victory was Blaine Taylor's 197th at ODU which passes Paul Webb (1975-85) and puts him in second all-time at ODU. He is just one win shy of tying Bud Metheny (1948-65).

Former Monarch standout Gerald Lee ('10) was back in the area and was presented his CAA Championship ring during a pre-game ceremony. the 6-10 Lee is currently playing in Italy.

The Monarchs, who ranked second in the poll and have an RPI of nine (Realtime RPI) break for Christmas and return to action on Dec. 30th when they travel to Columbia, MO to take on ninth ranked Missouri. CAA play begins on Jan. 3rd at Towson.