NORFOLK, Va. – Playing its fourth game in eight days, Towson shot just 31.0 percent from the floor in a 75-38 loss against two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association Champion Old Dominion Saturday night in front of 7,048 fans at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
Towson (0-16, 0-4 CAA) was burned once again by turnovers as Old Dominion (8-8, 3-1 CAA) turned 22 Tiger miscues into 37 points. The Monarchs shot 54.7 percent from the field due in large part to a 42-18 advantage in the paint and 18 fastbreak points.
Senior Robert Nwankwo led the Tigers with 11 points and tied his season-high with five blocked shots. The forward also pulled down seven rebounds to lead Towson in the category for the 12th time this season. Freshman Deon Jones joined Nwankwo in double figures with 10 while classmate Kris Walden chipped in nine and handed out three assists.
CAA Preseason Player of the Year Kent Bazemore led the Monarchs with 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting and the senior hit four from beyond the arc while adding five rebounds, five assists and three steals to his stat line.
Towson scored the first two buckets of the game to grab an early advantage and after a Walden jumper at the 13:29 mark of the opening stanza, the Tigers led 8-7. Bazemore hit his first three-point field goal of the game just over a minute later to give ODU a 10-8 lead that it would not relinquish. The Bazemore triple ignited a 24-1 Monarch run and Old Dominion went into halftime leading 38-17.
The Monarchs connected on 60 percent of their second half field goal attempts to halt any Towson hopes of a comeback.
The loss is Towson’s 35th straight dating back to last season, a mark that sets the NCAA Division I record for consecutive losses.
The Tigers return home to take on William & Mary on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.