Old Dominion guard Keenan Palmore scored a career-high 24 points as the Monarchs started quickly and never let up in a 69-51 rout of the Presbyterian Blue Hose on Thursday at the Constant Center.
The Monarchs (3-1) went ahead 11-0, led by 23 at halftime and stayed ahead by at least 18 the rest of the way in cruising to their third straight victory.
Palmore, a sophomore whose previous career high was 17 points, scored 14 in the first half. Forward Richard Ross added 14 points, guard Aaron Bacote from Bethel High added 13 and guard Dimitri Batten from Kecoughtan High chipped in 11 for ODU.
Presbyterian guard Jordan Downing, who came in averaging 19.3 points, scored 18 to lead the Blue Hose (1-4), who missed their first seven shots and were just 8-of-24 in the first half.
Palmore, Bacote and Batten each hit a 3-pointer as the Monrachs built leads of 17-2 and 25-4 and finished the half shooting 55.6 percent.
The Blue Hose, from Clinton, S.C., missed their first seven field-goal attempts and didn’t score until Downing nailed a jumper with 14:48 to go before the break. Presbyterian made just one of its first 11 shots over the first nine minutes but followed by making seven of its next 12.
Palmore scored 14 first-half points on 6-of-7 shooting, and Batten and Ross each added nine for Old Dominion before intermission.
Downing had 11 first-half points to pace Presbyterian, but the Blue Hose’s leading scorer also ended the half with three fouls.
The Blue Hose shot 50 percent in the second half to ODU’s 33 percent, but it was too late for them. The Monarchs made just a third of their shots after the break, but the Blue Hose were unable to make a significant move.
Guard Reggie Dillard scored 13 points and forward Danny Herrera added 10 as the Blue Hose fell to 0-4 against Division I teams.
Va. Wesleyan 65, Emory 64
The Marlins (2-0), ranked 25th in Division III, came back from nine points behind with 11:52 remaining at the Batten Center in a matchup of NCAA tournament qualifiers from a year ago. Greg Montgomery’s basket with 23 seconds left was the decider.
In the Puerto Rico Tip-Off first round in San Juan, Northeastern registered one of the best non-conference wins by a CAA team in recent memory, overcoming Georgetown 63-56.
Reggie Spencer had 18 points and nine rebounds for Northeastern. Scott Eatherton added 12 points and 10 boards for the Huskies (2-2), who outscored Georgetown 38-20 in the second half. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 14 points for the Hoyas (1-2), who went 3-of-16 from 3-point range.
David Walker added 12 points for Northeastern, which will face Charlotte (3-1) in Friday’s semifinals. The 49ers beat Kansas State 68-61 as Mike Thorne Jr. had 16 points and 11 rebounds.
The other semifinal will pit Florida State and Michigan. No. 10 VCU will face Long Beach State in consolation play. ..
Host Western Kentucky won 73-58 to end UNC Wilmington’s three-game winning streak.
James Madison earned a 78-68 victory at Richmond, giving the Dukes a 3-0 start on what they called their “Get Back” tour. All three of their victories — against Virginia, Liberty and UR — have come against state rivals who beat them last season.
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Chelsea Gray had 14 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds as No. 2 Duke beat visiting Vanderbilt 88-69. ...
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Taylor Brown had 28 points and eight assists as George Mason breezed past St. Francis (Pa.) 97-62. ...
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