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Men's Basketball
Monarchs Prevail On Cold Shooting Night

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 01/25/2012
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By Samuel T.O. Branch, Athletic Communications Post-Graduate Assistant

WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Senior forward Kent Bazemore scored 17 points and Old Dominion held UNCW to a season-low 30.2 percent shooting  as the Monarchs defeated the Seahawks, 53-48, in Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball action Wednesday night at Trask Coliseum.

The Monarchs raised their record to 13-9 overall, 8-2 in the CAA, and have won five of six conference road games. UNCW dropped its fifth straight to ODU and fell to 8-12 on the year and 4-6 in conference play.

In addition to Bazemore, senior forward Chris Cooper recorded his 12th double-double, tallying 12 points and grabbing 11 boards. Cooper also swatted a game-high three blocks.

Freshman guard Adam Smith of UNCW led all scorers with 18 points, while junior forward Keith Rendleman added his 11th double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.

UNCW's 30.2 percent shooting marked the second-lowest field goal percentage for a Seahawk team under head coach Buzz Peterson, eclipsed only by the 29.5 percent effort in a 59-56 win over Georgia State on Jan. 5, 2011.  The point total of 48 was a season low for the Seahawks.

The Monarchs also had trouble scoring, shooting 36.4 percent from the floor, but used an extended 17-7 run in the second half to stave off UNCW's attempt at recovering from the poor shooting performance. ODU wound up shooting 50 percent in the second half on 12-of-24 from the field.

With 13:16 remaining to play and the Seahawks clinging to a 31-30 lead, Bazemore nailed a trey to spark the decisive run. The spurt spanned 9:48 and stretched ODU gained its largest lead of the game, 47-38, off another Bazemore basket with 3:28 remaining.

The Seahawks closed the gap in the final minute, pulling within two points, 50-48, following a layup from Rendleman with 23 seconds remaining, but were not able to score again in the contest.

Both teams totaled only 35 points at halftime, as ODU forged out to a slim 18-17 advantage at the break.

UNCW's 17 points was the lowest scoring output in a half this season, with the previous low coming in a 74-49 loss to Dayton on Nov. 19. The Monarchs' total of 18 was the squad's second-lowest of the campaign, nearly matching the 15 markers ODU notched in a 55-43 win over Howard on Nov. 16.

Both teams began the game shooting 1-of-8 and ODU was the first team to reach double figures when Nick Wright dropped in a layup at 9:40 to give the Monarchs an 11-4 lead.

UNCW scored six straight points after Wright's bucket, capped by a three-point play by Rendleman at the 7:01 mark.

A three-pointer by Smith gave the Seahawks their first lead of the game, 17-16, at the 4:05 mark, but ODU quickly answered on a layin from senior guard Trian Iliadis just 17 seconds later. Neither team scored in the final 3:48 of the period.

UNCW jumped out to a quick four-point lead, 24-20, in the second half when Smith converted a layin with 18:44 remaining.

ODU responded with a 7-0 run capped by a transition trey from freshman guard Dimitri Batten at the 17:23 mark, giving the Monarchs a 27-24 lead. Four minutes later, ODU put together its 17-7 run that delivered the Monarchs the victory.

Both squads return to action in Saturday matinees. UNCW travels to Towson for the lone meeting of the year with the Tigers at 2 p.m., while ODU hosts William & Mary at 4 p.m.

Keith Rendleman's 17 rebounds was one shy of his career high...Adam Smith scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half...Each team had 14 turnovers...The two teams combined fro 15-of-27 at the free throw line...UNCW outrebounded ODU, 45-44, including 15-11 on the offensive boards...ODU reserves outscored their counterparts, 25-9...The Seahawks went 4-for-21 from deep...Donte Morales paced the Seahawks with four assists, but had five turnovers...Two freshmen starters - ODU's Donte Hill and UNCW's Cedrick Williams - did not score...There were four ties and eight lead changes...Keith Rendleman led all players with 38 minutes...ODU is the only team in the CAA with a winning record at Trask Coliseum at 12-8.

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