One of Old Dominion's few strengths this season has been rebounding, as the Monarchs lead the Colonial Athletic Association with a plus-5.9 rebound margin.
Even that edge disappeared Wednesday night, when UNC Wilmington overcame a seven-point, second-half deficit by pounding the glass in a 65-60 CAA win at Trask Coliseum in Wilmington, N.C.
Chris Dixon was the co-leader for the Seahawks (7-10, 2-3) with 14 points, including a 3-pointer with 34 seconds left that gave UNCW a 61-55 advantage. Keith Rendleman overcame a slow start to finish with 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while Craig Ponder scored 13 points.
Old Dominion (2-15, 0-5) led 31-28 at halftime after outboarding the Seahawks 22-14, but the second half was a different story. UNCW owned the glass 25-14 and also got work done at the foul line, hitting 13 of 17 in the final 20 minutes.
DeShawn Painter led the Monarchs in scoring (18) and rebounding (eight), but he made just eight of 21 shots from the field. Richard Ross came off the bench to contribute 11 points for Old Dominion.