Despite setting a Ted Constant Center record for 3-pointers made by an opponent, the William and Mary men’s basketball team dropped its regular season finale at Old Dominion, 77-58, on Saturday afternoon.
Freshman guard Julian Boatner paced the Tribe with 18 points and in the process set a pair of W&M freshman records. The Tribe concludes the regular season at 9-21 overall and 4-14 in CAA play, while ODU upped its mark to 24-6 on the year and 14-4 in conference action.
Boatner was 6-of-13 from 3-point range and equaled his W&M rookie single game record for 3-pointers made. He also bettered the freshman single season record pushing his total to 55. Jimmy Apple previously held the record of 51 set in 1988. Freshman guard Brandon Britt scored 15 points, including 7-of-9 from the free throw line, while pulling down three rebounds and dishing out two assists compared to zero turnovers in 34 minutes. Junior forward Quinn McDowell accounted for 14 points against the Monarchs and dished out a career-best five assists.
Trailing 42-32 at the intermission, the Tribe got off to a hot second-half start, scoring the opening five points of the frame. A Britt floater started the half for the Green and Gold, before a Marcus Kitts steal led to a Kendrix Brown 3-pointer. His long-range bucket cut the Monarch lead to 42-37 just over a minute into the second half.
Two of Boatner’s record-tying six 3-pointers came when the Tribe needed them the most. Back-to-back Boatner 3-pointers brought the Tribe to within four (47-43) with 15:53 remaining.
After a Britt free throw at the 12:54 mark closed the gap back to four at 51-47, ODU scored seven straight points to push the lead to double digits. Britt brought the Tribe back within eight, 61-53, on a 3-pointers with 8:23 remaining, but it was as close as the Tribe would get. The Monarchs used a 13-2 run to push the lead to its largest at 19 and put the game out of reach.
For the game, the Tribe shot 34 percent (17-of-49) from the floor, including 12-of-36 from 3-point range. The 12 3-pointers by the Green and Gold tied the Ted Constant Center record for triples made in a single game by an ODU opponent. W&M finished shooting 70.6 percent (12-of-17) from the charity stripe, including 10-of-13 in the first half.
The senior trio of Frank Hassell, Keyon Carter, and Darius James led Old Dominion. Hassell posted a double-double consisting of 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Carter and James chipped in 16 and 11 points, respectively. For the game, ODU shot 52.9 percent (27-of-51) from the floor. The Monarchs were 8-of-20 (40 percent) from 3-point range and 15-of-23 (65.2 percent) from the free throw line.
W&M will return to action in the 2011 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan CAA Men’s Basketball Championship at the Richmond Coliseum Friday, March 4. The Tribe, who are the No. 11 seed, will match up with the No. 6-seeded Dukes of James Madison. Tipoff is slated for 8:30 p.m. The Tribe and the Dukes split the season series with each team winning on each other’s home floor. JMU got by the Tribe, 84-79, in Williamsburg on Jan. 8, while W&M defeated JMU in Harrisonburg, 73-67, on Feb. 2.
Tribe fans can catch all the action on the Tribe Radio Network, 92.3FM The Tide and 107.9 BACHfm, with Jay Colley, Bill McDonald and Charlie Woollum on the call.The live video feed will be available at CAASports.com at a single-game cost of $4.95 and a entire day fee of $14.95.