NORFOLK, VA-ODU sophomore Keenan Palmore hit five free throws and junior Dimitri Batten added two in the last minute of play to lift the Monarchs (10-10/4-1) to a 70-64 C-USA win over Tulane (11-10/3-3) Saturday night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on Basketball Alumni and Coaches vs. Cancer Night.
The Monarchs led, 32-25 at halftime and by as much as 15, 58-43 with 6:02 left in the game after a three-point basket by Bacote.
Tulane would mount a rally down the stretch, cutting the lead to six, 63-57 with 1:01 left on a trey by Jonathan Stark. Keenan Palmore hit two free throws to up the lead to eight, 65-57, and after two Batten free throws, ODU was back up ten at 67-57 with 35 seconds left.
Tulane's Louis Dabney hit a three-pointer and after an ODU missed free throw, Jay Hook drilled a trey to make it, 67-63 with 15 seconds left. Palmore hit the second of two free throws to put ODU up five, 68-63 and after Louis Dabney hit one of two free throws for the Green Wave, Palmore knocked down two more free throws for the 70-64 victory.
The Monarchs shot .491 (26-53) from the floor and held Tulane to .388 (19-49). ODU also only committed 10 turnovers to the Green Wave’s 17 and the Monarchs scored 21 points off them.
Tulane was led in scoring by Jonathan Stark with 21 points, followed by Louis Dabney with 17 and jay Hook with 14. The Green Wave outrebounded ODU, 35-33.
ODU freshman forward Denzell Taylor led all rebounders with eight on the night, followed by Richard Ross with seven and junior forward Joe Ebondo with six. Kevin Thomas and Tre Drye led Tulane with seven boards each.
Bacote and Palmore both dished out four assists. Palmore and freshman Jordan Baker and Ebondo each had two steals.