WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Richard Ross scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Old Dominion to a 69-57 win over North Carolina-Wilmington on Saturday.
Keenan Palmore contributed 16 points and Jordan Baker added 10, including a 3-pointer midway through the second half that sparked an 11-2 run to break-open the tight game and give ODU (5-7) a lead they would hold. The Monarchs shot 50 percent from the field but continued to struggle from beyond the arc, hitting just 3 of 9 from 3-point range.
UNCW (6-7) trailed just 24-22 at the half and retook the lead on a Luke Hager layup and then padded it with a Freddie Jackson layup to make it 35-32 with 13:06 left. But the Seahawks couldn't hold their advantage as ODU stormed back and pulled steadily away.
Cedrick Williams led UNCW with 11 points and seven rebounds, while Hager added 10 points.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
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