Old Dominion Falls in Early Season ACC/CAA Clash to Clemson, 66-53
By ODU Athletics
Nov. 18, 2007
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -James Mays had 17 points, including seven during a decisive 24-4 run in the second half, to lead Clemson to a 66-53 win against Old Dominion on Saturday.
The game had 15 lead changes. ODU led 30-27 with 1:20 left in the first half, but James Mays two free throws with seven seconds left game the Tigers a 30-34 halftime lead.
The Tigers (3-0) got 16 points from K.C. Rivers, who hit four of seven 3-pointers, and 11 points and 12 rebounds from Trevor Booker.
Old Dominion (2-1) opened the second half with a 10-2 run to take a 40-36 lead with 14:10 left in the game. But Clemson outscored the Monarchs 24-4 over the next nine minutes to put the game away with a 60-44 lead with less than five minutes left in the game.
ODU shot .440 (22-50) from the floor, while Clemson, coached by ODU Hall of Famer and captain of the 1975 NCAA Division II National Championship team Oliver Purnell shot .357 (25-70), but the Tigers out rebounded ODU, 43-33, including 22 offensive rebounds.
Clemson scored the final seven points of the first half to lead 34-30 at the break.The Monarchs return to action Tuesday night against Iona in the Constant Center. Game time is 7 p.m. and this constest is part of the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Tournament.