Old Dominion 69, Presbyterian 51

Paul White, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

NORFOLK, Va. -- 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) scored the game's first 11 points, 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 to help the Monarchs break away. Forward Richard Ross added 14 points, guard Aaron Bacote added 13 and guard Dimitri Batten chipped in 11 for Old Dominion.
Presbyterian guard Jordan Downing, who came in averaging 19.3 points, scored 18 points 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 fast-starting Monrachs built leads of 17-2 and 25-4 and finished the half shooting 55.6 percent from the field.
The Blue Hose, meanwhile, missed their first seven field-goal attempts and didn't score a point 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 to keep from falling completely out of the game.
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, but it was too late.
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 remained winless in four games this season against Division I teams.
NOTES: Presbyterian's lone victory was Monday's 86-76 decision over Division III Toccoa Falls. ... Old Dominion, on a three-game winning streak, did not win back-to-back games in 2012-13. It finished the season 5-25. ... The Monarchs, who came in averaging just over 11 turnovers through three games, gave the ball away just twice in the first half.

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