DeShawn Painter scored 18 points to lead four Old Dominion players in double figures, and the Monarchs set a season scoring high as they defeated UNC Wilmington 84-61 Wednesday night at the Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va.
Dimitri Batten added 15 points, and ODU got 12 apiece from Richard Ross, Aaron Bacote and Keenan Palmore.
The Monarchs (4-23, 2-13 Colonial Athletic Association) had lost three straight and 13 of their previous 14 games. Old Dominion also logged its first home win since Nov. 10.
Craig Ponder led UNC Wilmington (10-17, 5-10) with 16 points. Keith Rendleman contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds, and he became the school's all-time leading rebounder when he grabbed his fifth board of the game. Cedrick Williams scored 12, and Chris Dixon had 10 points for UNC Wilmington.
Old Dominion played well in all facets. The Monarchs shot a robust 58.9 percent from the floor, and scored 50 of their points in the paint. Old Dominion led by at least nine points for the entire second half. Every active player on the ODU roster got into the game, and Stuart McEwen scored his first points of the season during the waning minutes.
It was just the second win for interim Old Dominion head coach Jim Corrigan, who stepped in earlier this month after Blaine Taylor was fired.