Old Dominion 56, Pepperdine 47
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ Reggie Bassette scored 17 points and Odell Hodge added 10, leading Old Dominion to a 56-47 victory Saturday night over cold-shooting Pepperdine in the consolation game of the Carrier Classic.
Pepperdine (1-6), which dropped a 77-64 decision to Syracuse in the opening round, fell behind by as many as 12 in the first half against Old Dominion (7-1) and never recovered against the tough inside game of the Monarchs.
Bassette’s slam and jumper and a free throw by E.J. Sherod gave the Monarchs their biggest edge, 51-36, with 5:52 remaining.
Bryan Hill, who led the Waves with 14 points, sparked a brief comeback. Hill converted two foul shots with 2:47 left to bring Pepperdine within 51-45. But Sherod converted a layup seconds later and the Monarchs converted three of six free throws in the final 1:21 to secure the win.
Pepperdine coach Lorenzo Romar called it a ``bad dream,″ and it was easy to see why. The Waves made 25 turnovers and shot just 34 percent, hitting just 3-of-13 3-point shots.
Marc Poag, whose long-range shooting touch nearly lifted Old Dominion past Eastern Michigan in the first round, suddenly went cold in the low-scoring first half. Poag, who had 26 points in the 79-78 loss to the Eagles, missed his first five shots and did not score until nearly 18 minutes into the game. But his seven-point spurt just before the break helped the Monarchs to a 30-16 halftime lead.
The Waves were even colder and very sloppy, hitting just 6-of-22 shots from the floor and committing 15 turnovers.
After a jumper by R.J. Powell gave Pepperdine a 7-4 lead with 15:12 left, the Waves did not score for more than six minutes, falling behind 15-7 as the Monarchs went on an 11-point run.
Marques Johnson broke the drought with a layup at 8:56, but Pepperdine failed to score again for another 6:17. In fact, neither team scored during a span of more than four minutes in the opening half. Bassette ended the futility with a bank shot with 3:43 remaining.
Johnson finished with 12 points for the Waves.