Tigers Face CAA Leading Old Dominion
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Release: 02/13/2010
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Game 26: Tigers At Old Dominion

Date/Time

February 16, 2010 | 7:00 p.m.

Location

Constant Convocation Center

Television None

Radio

WTMD (89.7 FM)

Live Stats

www.odusports.com

Live Video

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Preview

Game Notes

SECOND CRACK: The Tigers get their second crack at Old Dominion for this season. The pre-season favorite Monarchs used a dominating inside game to hand the Tigers an 87-71 loss back on Jan. 4th. ODU outrebounded the Tigers  44-23. Gerald Lee (game high 19 points) was one of 4 Monarchs to score in double figures.  After scoring the first 7 points of the game, the Monarchs never trailed in the contest. However, ODU was forced to turn back several comeback bids by Towson. The Monarchs, who shot 54%, scored 46 points in the paint. In the second half, Old Dominion made 17 of 28 field goal attempts (60.7%). Robert Nwankwo led the Tigers with 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the floor. The Tigers would like to chip away at ODU's commanding 21-1 lead in this lopsided series which began in 1957 when both schools were Division II. Towson is 0-8 against the Monarchs at home in Towson and 1-11 in Norfolk. The Tigers only win in the series came in 2002 when they beat ODU 67-55 in Norfolk. Other than that the Monarchs have pretty much had their way with the Tigers, rattling off 12 straight wins.

TIGERS PREVAIL: RaShawn Polk scored a game high 17 points, including a clutch three-pointer with 17 seconds remaining in overtime, as the Tigers rallied from a 10-point deficit in the first half to pull out a 74-69 victory against Georgia State. Polk's bucket snapped a 69-69 tie. Moments later, Troy Franklin was fouled. With one second remaining, he nailed down the victory by hitting a pair of free throws. The Panthers, who beat Towson 70-61 in Atlanta last month, raced to a 13-4 lead in the first six minutes of the game and maintained their advantage throughout the first half. Georgia State owned a 25-15 lead with 8:18 left in the half before Towson started chipping away at the lead.  In the second half, the Tigers turned up the defensive pressure and held Georgia State to 39.1% shooting as they rallied to get back into the game. Towson scored the first six points of the second half to assume a 37-36 lead with 17:24 remaining. With 12:01 remaining, Polk's layup gave the Tigers their largest lead of the game at 48-43. Over the last 6:53 of regulation, the score was tied six times before the teams went to overtime. Led by Josh Brown the Tigers' defense forced 19 turnovers which led to 25 points. Polk led the Tigers with 17 points with Brown adding 15. Robert Nwankwo recorded his 7th double-double of the year with 12 points and 12 boards.

MONARCHS RULE: Old Dominion, the pre-season favorite to win the CAA, got a season high 19 points from junior guard Ben Finney as the Monarchs beat George Mason 76-60. The win gained them a share of first place with Northeastern. Finney was joined in double-figures by seniors Gerald Lee and Marsharee Neely, who scored 16 and 12 respectively. Junior Frank Hassell was one rebound shy a double-double with 10 points and game-high nine boards. The win gave the Monarchs their 5th 20-win season in the last 6 years. Old Dominion quickly gave the sell-out crowd something to cheer for as the Monarchs tallied 17 consecutive points after George Mason scored the first point of the game. The 17-0 run was ODU's largest spurt of the year and the Monarchs defense held the Patriots scoreless for nearly seven minutes. Lee is ODU's leading scorer with a 14.0 average. Finnney leads the way on the boards with a 6.0 clip.


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