Monarchs Defeat CAA Leading Rams, 79-63 For Seventh Straight Win

February 10, 2007
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Feb. 10, 2007

Box Score

NORFOLK, VA-- Arnaud Dahi scored 19 points, Valdas Vasylius had 16 points and ten boards and Drew Williamson added 15 to lead the Monarchs of ODU (19-7/12-3) to a 79-63 win over CAA leading VCU (21-5/13-2) Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd of 8,424 at the Ted. The win was ODU 's seventh straight.

There were 11 lead changes and the game was tied seven times. The last was 60-60 with 3:49 remaining. After a Brian Henderson trey gave the Monarchs a 63-60 lead, ODU then hit 11 of its next 14 free throws along (9 of 10 by Arnaud Dahi) with a jumper and a trey by Brandon Johnson. In all, ODU outscored the Rams 19-3 in the final 3:49.

ODU outrebounding the Rams, 47-30 as Vasylius got his fourth career double-double with 16 points and ten boards. The 6-7 junior fouled out of the game with 3:49 left in the game. Dahi added seven rebounds and Brandon Johnson hauled down eight to go with is seven assists and eight points.

ODU took a 34-28 halftime lead as Brian Henderson hit a bucket, Brandon Johnson a trey and Arnaud Dahi a layup, while VCU only got two free throws by Eric Maynor the final 2:54 of the half.

VCU was led by Eric Maynor with 17 points, five assists, two blockes and a steal. B.A. Walker added 13 points. Wil Fameni led the Rams with 7 rebounds.

ODU shot .469 (23-49) from the floor, while the Rams shot .333 (20-60). ODU committed 12 turnovers, while the Rams just ten. Senior Drew Williamson picked up two steals which put him with the Monarch elite along with Frank Smith (ODU'88) as the only other Monarch to have over 500 career assists and over 200 career steals.

Today's game was ODU's eighth sellout in the Constant Center and fourth straight sellout against the Rams. ODU had four sellouts last year. Only 800-plus tickets remain for Tuesday night's game against Hofstra.