Hofstra 69

(21-11, 14-4 CAA)

Old Dominion 77

(26-6, 14-4 CAA)

    2:30 PM ET, March 6, 2011

    Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia

    1 2 T
    HOF 34 3569
    ODU 41 3677

    Top Performers

    Hofstra: C. Jenkins 16 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Old Dominion: F. Hassell 22 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Old Dominion 77, Hofstra 69

    Associated Press

    RICHMOND, Va. -- Frank Hassell scored 22 points and second-seeded Old Dominion earned the right to defend its Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship with a 77-69 victory against Hofstra in the semifinals on Sunday.

    Darius James added 16 points -- his season-high in CAA games this season -- and Kent Bazemore had 11 as the Monarchs (26-6) shot 57 percent in winning their eighth in a row.

    Hofstra (21-11), playing beyond the quarterfinals for the first time since 2006, got 16 points from two-time CAA player of the year Charles Jenkins and 12 from Mike Moore, but couldn't slow the bigger, more physical Monarchs near the basket.

    Old Dominion outscored the Pride 38-20 in the paint and outrebounded them 34-27.

    The Monarchs will face fourth-seeded Virginia Commonwealth University, which upset top-seeded George Mason 79-63 in Sunday's first semifinal, for the championship.

    Old Dominion shot better than 58 percent in the first half and led 41-34 at the break.

    Hofstra trailed by 11 in the second half before Jenkins made 3-pointers 1:48 apart -- the second with 12:01 left, ending a 7-2 spurt -- to pull the Pride within 56-50. But they had no answer for the Monarchs' inside game. Hassell answered Jenkins' second 3 with a pair of free throws, and Bazemore scored on a drive, pushing Old Dominion's lead to 60-50 with 9:01 to go.

    The Pride got as close as seven thereafter, but after Moore's layup made it 66-59 with 5:03 to play, Trian Iliadis penetrated on the left baseline for a layup for Old Dominion, Jenkins was stripped at the other end and James' layup boosted the lead to 70-59.

    The Pride never threatened again, and will likely be left hoping for a call from the National Invitation Tournament when the postseason fields are set next Sunday night.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 69 77
    FG Made-Attempted 25-56 (.446) 28-49 (.571)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-23 (.391) 3-9 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-16 (.625) 18-26 (.692)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 11 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 11

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