George Washington Downed By Old Dominion

Dec. 20, 2003

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NORFOLK, VA - Senior John Waller's 23 points helped lead the Old Dominion men's basketball team to their second consecutive victory Saturday night, defeating the George Washington Colonials, 72-62, at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, VA.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu led George Washington scorers with 17 on 8-of-9 from the field, followed by Ricky Lucas, 15 and Omar Williams, 11.

ODU sophomore Alex Loughton had another double-double for the Monarchs, with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Kiah Thomas scored his first points of the year for Monarchs, ending up with 12 off four three-pointers. ODU improves to 4-4, the first time ODU has been .500 this season, while the Colonials drop to 6-3 for the year.

The Monarchs were ice-cold to start the game off as George Washington used a pressing defense, trailing 9-0 by the 16:36 mark and down 14-1 with 14:43 remaining in the half. A three-pointer by John Waller ended the Colonials? run, cutting the deficit to 10 points, 14-4, with 14:06 remaining in the half. By the 12:33 mark, ODU trailed by nine points, 18-9, and cut the deficit to seven points, 18-11, at the 12 minute mark of the half. Trailing by 10, 26-16, with 8:02 left in the half, the Monarchs went on a 7-0 run, led by Loughton's three points, to cut the George Washington lead to just three points, 26-23, with 4:44 left in the half. Mensah-Bonsu put the Colonials back up by five points, 28-23, with a layup, but ODU cut the lead back down to just two points, 29-27 at the 2:18 mark, and tied the game for the first time 32-32, at the 1:08 mark, off a Waller three-pointer. Two Loughton free throws put ODU up for the first time in the game 34-32 with 27 seconds remaining in the half, but a Lafonte Johnson three-pointer put the Colonials back in the lead 35-34, heading into the half. Loughton had 14 points and seven rebounds in the first half.



Waller gave the Monarchs the lead back, 37-35, with a three-pointer to start off the second half scoring. With the Colonials holding a slim 40-39 edge at the 17:03 mark, Waller hit another three to give ODU a 42-40 lead with 16:50 remaining in the half. The Colonials tied the contest up once more at 42 twenty seconds later, but were unable to grab the lead for the rest of the game. With the Monarchs leading 49-48 at the 13:54 mark, ODU rolled off a 8-2 run to grab a seven point lead, 55-48, with 11:52 remaining in the half. The Monarchs took a nine point lead, 59-50, by the 9:19 mark of the half, but the Colonials came back to within four points, 61-57, at the six minute mark, and again, 66-62, at the 3:38 mark, but ODU used a 6-0 run to finish the game, ending up with the 72-62 victory.

Waller led all scorers with 23 points, off 9 of 15 shooting. The Monarchs shot 48.9% from the field (22 of 45), while the Colonials shot 40.4% (23 of 57). ODU committed also five fewer turnovers (22-17) for the game.

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