OLD DOMINION 84, UNCW 61
NORFOLK, VA Feb. 20, 2013 – On a night when UNCW’s Keith Rendleman became the school’s all-time leading rebounder, the Seahawks weren’t as fortunate, falling, 84-61, to suddenly hot Old Dominion Wednesday in the final Colonial Athletic Association matchup between the two teams at the Ted Constant Center.
The Monarchs, who are leaving the CAA for Conference USA next season, snapped a 13-game home losing streak to improve to 4-23 overall and 2-13 in the CAA. The Seahawks are now 10-17 and 5-10.
ODU used a balanced scoring attack, placing five men in double figures, and shot a sizzling 58.9 percent from the floor to pile up its season-high total. The 23-point loss left third-year UNCW Head Coach Buzz Peterson searching for answers.
“Our defensive transition hurt us,” Peterson said after watching the Seahawks surrender an eye-popping 50 points in the paint. “For some reason, we just didn’t get back. We don’t have the intensity level we need to have on the road. We’ve done everything we can as coaches, but the guys just don’t listen some times.”
Senior forward DeShawn Painter paced the Monarchs with 18 points and was followed in the scoring parade by sophomore guard Dmitri Batten with 15 points and three players – sophomore forward Richard Ross, freshman guard Aaron Bacote and freshman guard Keenan Palmore – with 12 points apiece.
Rendleman, who broke Brian Rowsom’s all-time record with his fifth carom with 13:30 remaining, led the way for the Seahawks with 15 points and 11 rebounds. It was the Iron Station, N.C., product’s sixth consecutive double-double and his 17th of the season.
The 6-8, 220-pound workhorse bumped his career scoring total to 1,442 points and moved past Shawn Williams into No. 5 on the charts. His rebound total now stands at 1,022 in 120 appearances, shattering Rowsom’s longtime mark of 1,015 caroms from 1984-8
Redshirt freshman Craig Ponder chipped in 16 points, sophomore forward Cedrick Williams contributed 12 points and seven rebounds, and junior guard Chris Dixon had 10 for the Seahawks, who shot 35.6 percent on the night.
ODU used a late spurt to build an 11-point lead at halftime and poured it on after the break, leading by as many as 24 points in the contest as UNCW plummeted to 1-8 at the Ted Constant Center.
The Seahawks scored seven of the first nine points in the contest and enjoyed their largest lead, 7-2, with 16:12 left in the first half when Williams sank a pair of free throws.
UNCW was still on top, 16-13, with just over 10 minutes remaining in the opening period after Dixon canned a jumper at the free throw line. But ODU used a 10-2 run to gain control and Bacote’s dunk off a steal with 7:13 showing staked the Monarchs to a 23-18 edge.
The first-half margin ballooned to 37-22, when Palmore scored on a slam before Ponder scored four points in the final 11 seconds of the half to keep the Seahawks within striking distance, 37-25. Ponder scored nine of his 16 points in a 1:51 span from the first half to second stanza.
UNCW was still hanging around after the break and closed the gap to 10 points, 51-41, on Rendleman’s conventional three-point play at 14:50.
However, ODU stretched the cushion to 67-44 with a 16-3 run that helped Jim Corrigan’s club gain some separation with 8:08 remaining. ODU then recorded its largest lead of the game, 71-47, on a gliding layup by Donte Hill at 6:48.
The Seahawks shot below 40 percent for the 14th time in 27 games and struggled behind the arc, connecting on only 3-of-15 from long distance.
ODU avenged a 65-60 loss to UNCW on Jan. 16 at Trask Coliseum and kept the Seahawks from earning a series sweep this season.
The Seahawks return to Wilmington to wrap up their home schedule with a pair of games, beginning Saturday at 7 p.m. against Delaware. The Monarchs travel to Hempstead, N.Y., on Saturday for a 7 p.m. test at Hofstra.
GAME NOTES: Old Dominion leads the all-time series with UNCW, 30-18… UNCW has played ODU in three different arenas in Norfolk – the ODU Field House, the Scope and the Ted Constant Center…Corrigan is serving as interim coach of the Monarchs following the termination of Blaine Taylor on Feb. 5…Keith Rendleman had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the first meeting of the two teams in Wilmington…UNCW went 16-of-20 at the free throw line…The Seahawks committed 15 turnovers…ODU has 23 assists on 33 baskets…Dixon led the Seahawks with five assists…UNCW had 16 offensive rebounds to just seven for the Monarchs…ODU’s previous scoring high was 78 points in a Feb. 7 win at Drexel….UNCW’s last win at the Constant Center came on Jan. 30, 2008.