PHILADELPHIA — Sophomore guard Dimitri Batten and senior center DeShawn Painter scored 15 points apiece, helping visiting Old Dominion snap a 10-game losing streak with a 78-66 victory over Drexel on Thursday at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.
Sophomore forward Richard Ross added 14 points for the Monarchs (3-20, 1-10 Colonial Athletic Association), who had not won since beating Virginia on Dec. 22.
Senior guard Derrick Thomas scored 18 points and junior guard Frantz Massenat added 17 points for the Dragons (9-14, 5-6), who have lost three of their past four games.
The teams traded leads throughout the first half. The score was tied at 24-24 until Batten and Painter hit back-to-back 3-pointers, giving Old Dominion a 30-24 lead with 3:14 remaining in before the break.
Old Dominion led 30-26 at halftime. Drexler rallied to take a 39-38 lead on two free throws by junior forward Dartaye Ruffin with 15:38 remaining, but Old Dominion answered with an 11-0 run to take a 49-39 lead on junior guard Donte Hill’s layup with 12:08 to play.
The Monarchs continued to pull away, leading by as many as 18 points before the Dragons cut into the lead in the final minutes.
Florida International 84, Florida Atlantic 65: After beginning a three-game homestand by blowing a 17-point halftime lead in a two-point loss to Middle Tennessee, Florida International finished Thursday night’s game in convincing fashion, beating neighboring Florida Atlantic, 84-65.
The Panthers (13-10 overall, 8-6 Sun Belt) led by 21 points at the end of the first half and never let the Owls (11-14, 7-7) closer than 13 points over the final 20 minutes.
The Owls managed to trim a 49-28 gap at the intermission down to 56-43 with under 15 minutes left in the game, but the Panthers scored the next six points on a 3-pointer by Malik Smith and an three-point play by Cameron Bell to regain momentum.
FIU’s biggest lead was 26 points at 75-49 with just over six minutes remaining.
The Panthers shot 47.2 percent from the field while holding the visitors to just 38.0 percent. The Panthers harassed the Owls with full-court defensive pressure the entire game and forced the Owls into 22 turnovers.
FIU had four players in double figures topped by Smith’s 19 points. FAU’s Greg Gantt and Jordan McCoy also scored 19 each to match Smith for game honors.