Nwankwo led Towson (0-19, 0-7 CAA) with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for his sixth double-double of the season and 16th of his career. Old Dominion junior forward Nick Wright led the Monarchs with 13 points while senior forward Chris Cooper tallied 10 points and hauled in eight rebounds.
Old Dominion (11-8, 6-1 CAA) has now won four straight and sits atop the CAA standings along with George Mason. The Monarchs put forth one of their best shooting performances of the season, connecting on 52.7 percent of their shots. ODU also went 7-for-15 from three-point range as they beat Towson for the second time in 12 days.
Towson tried to combat ODU’s hot shooting by controlling the glass. The Tigers won the battle of the boards, 34-32, against an Old Dominion squad that entered the game second in the CAA with a +5.3 rebounding margin. Towson was hurt though by its 31.3 shooting percentage and 18 turnovers.
The Tigers kept things close in the early going and trailed 14-13 midway through the opening period. Old Dominion, which only trailed once in the game, used an 11-3 run to build a 25-16 lead and the Monarchs maintained their nine-point advantage entering halftime.
Old Dominion broke the game open in the second half as the Monarchs outscored the Tigers 29-5 during the first 12 minutes of the period. ODU took its largest lead at 66-31 with seven minutes remaining in the game.
Towson, which is in the midst of playing five games in 11 days, next heads to Fairfax, Va. to take on George Mason Saturday at 4 p.m. It will be the third straight game in which the Tigers face an opponent that is tied for first-place in the CAA. The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic with John Castleberry and Ron Thompson calling the action.