NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Trey Freeman scored 24, Ambrose Mosley 17 and Old Dominion won its seventh straight, beating William & Mary 69-62 on Monday night.
“We knew it would be a big challenge for our club. William & Mary is a very good basketball team,” said ODU Head Coach Jeff Jones after the win.
William & Mary’s best player, senior guard Marcus Thornton, scored 22 points but rarely got an open look. “They have a great player; probably the best player we’ve faced all season long in Marcus Thornton…So, we had our hands full,” said Jones
The biggest discrepancy on the state sheet was the offensive glass. The Monarchs earned 15 second chance buckets to the Tribe’s three. “I didn’t think we were tough enough tonight as a basketball team,” said Tribe Head Coach Tony Shaver, who’s team fell to just 1-4 in road contests this year.
“We got to get a little bit more depth for our club. We knew coming into this game the most important statistic would be offense rebounds for them, and we gave up 15. We gave up 20 second-chance points, and that takes our chance to win away from us.”
Old Dominion (10-1) broke a 39-all tie with a 13-1 run ending on Jonathan Arledge’s jumper to make it 52-40 with 7:57 left.
The Monarchs extended their lead to 14 with 3:16 left, but William & Mary (6-4) had an 11-2 run to get within 63-58 on Omar Prewitt’s 3-pointer with 1:42. The Tribe missed their next three 3-point attempts and the Monarchs made 6 of 7 free throws in the final minute.
Denzell Taylor had 10 rebounds and Old Dominion outrebounded William & Mary 41-24.
Marcus Thornton had 22 points, Daniel Dixon scored 16 and Prewitt added 15 for the Tribe. Those three took 36 of William & Mary’s 46 field-goal attempts.
The Monarchs get a week off before their next game against Mount Saint Mary’s at home, while Shaver’s club will head to ACC country for a matchup with North Carolina at the Dean Smith Center. That game will be Tuesday, Dec. 30.