UAB defeats ODU 81-68
UAB shot a blistering .703 (26-37) from the floor to defeat the Monarchs, 81-68 in a nationally televised C-USA contest at the Bartow Arena. Aaron Bacote led ODU with 23 points, followed by Trey Freeman with 18. ODU falls to 15-4 overall and 4-3 in C-USA while UAB is 10-10 overall and 6-1 in C-USA.
The Blazers had five players in double figures today and all 10 players scored atleast two points. Tosin Mehinti, Nick Norton, and Robert Brown scored 12 points each, while Chris Cokley and C.J. Washington added 10 each.
ODU finished the game shooting .444 (24-54) from the field but were outrebounded, 26-18. UAB also hit 24-26 free throws for .92.3.
Trailing by as many as 11, 65-54 wtih 5:14 remaining, the Monarchs cut the score to six, 67-61 on a three-pointer by Trey Freeman, but CJ Washington knocked down two free throws and Tosin Mehinti scored to push the lead back to 10 and the Monarchs would get no closer.
Trey Freeman led ODU with three assists, while Denzell Taylor had two steals and two assists on the day.
Mehinti led the Blazers with seven rebounds, followed by William Lee with six and Tyler Madison had five assists. The .703 shooting percentage by UAB was not an ODU opponent record. That mark of .754 was by North Carolina (43-57) on Dec. 1, 1992.
The Monarchs return to action next Thursday at home when they host Florida International at 7 p.m.