ODU Snaps ECU's Five Game Winning Streak

GREENVILLE, N.C. --- Kent Bazemore scored 20 points and Ben Finney added 17 to lead Old Dominion to an 81-68 victory over East Carolina Wednesday night ending the Pirates’ five-game winning streak.

The Monarchs (6-2) ended the game on a 17-5 run holding the Pirates (7-3) to just one field goal in the final six minutes. Ben Finney scored five points in 54 seconds to stretch the ODU lead from one to six, 69-63, with 5:09 to play. Three consecutive layups pushed the lead to 12 to cap an 11-0 spurt.

East Carolina committed 16 turnovers and ODU seemed to take advantage of every one, scoring 27 points off Pirate miscues.

“Old Dominion is an excellent basketball team,” Pirate coach Jeff Lebo said. “You can’t have those types of mistakes against a good basketball team like [ODU]. They beat us, but in some ways we helped them out. We have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball.

“We did some good things tonight. We shot the ball well, but that wasn’t the problem. They wore us down and capitalized on our mistakes.”

The Pirates built a 10-point first half lead on the strength of a 16-3 run that turned a three-point deficit into a 10-point advantage. Jamar Abrams started the run with a 3-pointer from the top of key followed by a layup from Chad Wynn and a pair of free throws by Brock Young.

Robert Sampson and Jontae Sherrod sank consecutive 3-pointers to push the lead to eight before Abrams got free off a screen for a jump shot and gave the Pirates a 25-15 lead.

Abrams led all scorers with a season-high 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including 4-of-10 from 3-point range. Darrius Morrow also scored double figures adding 14 points.

The Monarchs outscored ECU 13-4 over the final 7:24 of the first half to cut their deficit to one, 31-30, at halftime.

ODU extended its run into the second half by scoring the first two points. The Pirates scored the next five to take a five-point lead before an exchange of baskets. Abrams and Bazemore each scored the next two baskets for their team.

Beginning with a made technical foul free shot, the Monarchs scored seven unanswered to take a five-point lead, 46-41.

Morrow’s dunk started a 9-4 run that tied the game at 50 with 12:36 to play. The game remained a two-possession game for the next eight minutes before the Monarchs asserted themselves and pushed their lead to double digits with under four minutes to play.

ECU finished the game shooting 50 percent from the floor (24-48), while Old Dominion connected on 54.4 percent of its field goal attempts (31-57).

The Pirates will have 11 days off before returning to the hardwood Dec. 18 against Coastal Carolina and the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

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  • by Dave Location: Laughing at you on Dec 17, 2010 at 02:05 PM
    I did not realize that "Samuel Screech Powers" was a CPA living in Kitty Hawk.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Dec 9, 2010 at 04:57 PM
    Dave I know a lot more about sports than you. I know sports like I know my job. I don't have a gold name plate on my door and desk that say Samuel A. Throckmorton CPA for nothing.
  • by Bubba Location: of course on Dec 9, 2010 at 10:46 AM
    I was replyin to first comment, the da who responded to me is a cheater carolina fan. Go play outside little girl
  • by Jeff on Dec 9, 2010 at 07:22 AM
    Its great to see the pirates doing well even in a loss. As for the unc basketball being a joke, how can you say a program that has won two national titles in 5 years is a joke? Anyway, best of luck Coach Lebo.
  • by Dave Location: Levitating on Dec 8, 2010 at 10:59 AM
    This is coming from Sam the great soothsayer who said that the Miami Hurricanes were going to win the ACC in college football.
  • by Chris Location: Washington on Dec 8, 2010 at 10:58 AM
    I was at the game. Nice atmosphere, good crowd, good game. ECU led 64-63 with about 10 min to go but ODU was too much for them. Another well played competitive game by ECU. Great job Pirates, keep working hard!! AAAARRRGGGHHHHHHH
  • by To Bubba Location: Ayden on Dec 8, 2010 at 09:53 AM
    Bubba ECU fans such as your self, is the reason ECU gets bashed so often. Your immediate reaction was UNC or Elon fan. Why? And as far as UNC basketball being a joke, do you think ECU can beat them? Come on DA, I try so hard to support ECU when I can but your kind makes it hard to do.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Dec 8, 2010 at 09:41 AM
    Well it's not good when ECU loses a game, I'll first say. Next, I'd be very suprised if ODU does not win the CAA and go to the NCAA tourney this year.
  • by Bubba Location: figures on Dec 8, 2010 at 05:36 AM
    Either a carolina fan or Elon fan bashing the loss I see. At least we know Carolina Basketball is a joke...and Elon......hahahha
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Dec 8, 2010 at 04:04 AM
    ECU played competively against a solid team, the future looks interesting for Pirate basketball, good luck to the players on their exams.
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