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Old Dominion 65, N.C. Charlotte 64

December 1, 1996

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) _ Odell Hodge scored 18 points and had four of Old Dominion’s 14 blocked shots as the Monarchs beat North Carolina-Charlotte 65-64 Saturday.

The blocked shots tied a school record set against Washington & Lee in 1974.

Reggie Bassette rejected six shots for the Monarchs (3-0), who held the 49ers (1-1) to 32 percent shooting. Old Dominion hit 46 percent of its field goal attempts and outrebounded the 49ers 54-39.

Hodge, Bassette and Mike Byers each grabbed 10 rebounds for the Monarchs.

Old Dominion led 30-24 at the half and built the lead to 45-32 on Skipper Youngblood’s free throw with 13:11 remaining. But the 49ers battled back, tying it 56-56 at on a pair of free throws by DeMarco Johnson with 4:57 left.

The Monarchs regained the lead on a Hodge jumper, then built the lead to 63-57 on Mark Poag’s 3-pointer at the 2:21 mark.

A 3-pointer by the 49ers’ Shanderic Downs and a jumper by Johnson cut it to 63-62 before E.J. Sherod’s jumper extended Old Dominion’s lead to 65-62 with 46 seconds left.

Sean Colson’s basket with 29 seconds left again sliced the lead to one. Two Monarchs missed free throws in the final 20 seconds, but the 49ers could not capitalize.

Byers scored 17 points and Poag 16 for Old Dominion.

Johnson led the 49ers with 16 points, followed by Roderick Howard with 12 and Downs with 11.

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