7:00 PM ET, March 7, 2011
Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia
Old Dominion lays claim to CAA by fending off Virginia Commonwealth
RICHMOND, Va. -- Old Dominion showed plenty of tournament experience and mettle in taking control early and building an 18-point lead against Virginia Commonwealth University in the Colonial Athletic Association championship.That composure helped even more when the Monarchs withstood a furious rally by the Rams that made it a one-point game late in the second half.Frank Hassell scored 22 points and Old Dominion used one of its most trusted weapons -- the offensive rebound -- to fend off the Rams on Monday night and defend its CAA tournament title with a 70-65 victory.
• Old Dominion became the first team to win back-to-back CAA tournament titles since UNC-Wilmington in 2002 and 2003.
• Despite advancing to the championship game, VCU is just 3-5 in its last eight contests.
• ODU led by as many as 18 in the second half but saw its lead trimmed to just one after nine straight offensive possessions without a score.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
NCAA Tournament Automatic Bids
Teams that have clinched automatic bids to the 2011 men's NCAA tournament:
|Morehead State||Ohio Valley|
|Indiana State||Missouri Valley|
|Arkansas-Little Rock||Sun Belt|
|Northern Colorado||Big Sky|
|Boston University||America East|
|San Diego State||Mountain West|
|UC Santa Barbara||Big West|
|Ohio State||Big Ten|
Conference USA Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||23-58 (.397)||24-41 (.585)|
|3P Made-Attempted||10-27 (.370)||5-11 (.455)|
|FT Made-Attempted||9-17 (.529)||17-30 (.567)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||24 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|