Old Dominion Shows Barton College Who's King

Calvin W BoazCorrespondent IINovember 3, 2009

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Kent Bazemore led Old Dominion with 17 points and three steals as the Monarchs easily defeated Barton College 91-62 in an exhibition game Monday night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

Barton College was the NCAA Division II national champion in 2007 and won 25 games last season.

Along with Bazemore's stellar performance, Frank Hassell added 15 points and blocked four shots. Hassell's upper body strength was too much for the Bulldogs to handle as he led the Monarchs with 13 rebounds. For the game, ODU out-rebounded Barton 55-29.

Forward Ben Finney was the third double-digit scorer for the Monarchs as he chipped in with 13 points, four rebounds, and two assists. Finney hit the only three-point basket ODU had  in their 15 attempts from long range.

Despite the dismal three-point shooting, the Monarchs still made 49 percent (34-69) of its shots. ODU was in fine form defensively holding Barton to 31 percent shooting from the floor.

The Monarchs proved they could use more practice from the free-throw line before their regular season debut on Nov. 15 against Bethune-Cookman by only converting 22 of 40 attempts.

The Monarchs might have found another reliable scorer last night when redshirt freshman Kyle Wright scored seven points in just 10 minutes of action. Forward Chris Cooper displayed signs of improvement in his limited action against the Bulldogs.

Barton College's Jaren Haley paced all scorers with 19 points. Greg Mammel attempted to keep the Bulldogs competitive by supplying his team with nine points and dishing out four assists.

Old Dominion will play its second and final exhibition game against Elizabeth City State University of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association at home Saturday night, Nov. 7.