The Presbyterian College men’s basketball team outscored the Monarchs 29-24 in the second half, holding them to just a basket in the final four minutes, but it was not enough to overcome a double-digit halftime deficit as the Blue Hose fell to Old Dominion, 69-51, in the first game of the Cancun Challenge tonight in Norfolk, Va.

PC drops to 1-4 on the season, while ODU improves to 3-1.  The Blue Hose head up to Morganton, WVa., Saturday, Nov. 23, to take on West Virginia at 1:30 p.m., in continuing play of the Cancun Challenge.

Leading the Blue Hose was Jordan Downing with 18 points, Reggie Dillard with 13 and Danny Herrera with a career-high 10 points off a perfect six-of-six shooting from the charity stripe.  William Truss was solid on the boards with a team-leading eight on the night.

PC finished the game shooting 41.3% from the floor, which included 50.0% in the second half.  Old Dominion shot 55.6% in the first half to help lead the Monarchs to 43.9% for the game.

ODU held the rebounding advantage, 36-27, with both teams knotted at 24 apiece on the defensive end.

Keenan Palmore paced the Monarchs with 24 points and seven rebounds.

Old Dominion led by as much as 27 in the second half, 6-34 with 9:50 to go, before the Blue Hose defense held the Monarchs to just eight points the remainder of the game, including in the final 4:19 when ODU scored just one.

Leading the offensive charge was Dillard, who had six points as the Blue Hose scored 17 in the final minutes before running out of time and falling by the final 18 points, 59-51.

The Monarchs opened the game with an 11-0 run, extending their lead to 21, 25-4, in the first 9:37.  PC cut the lead to 16, 38-22, off a Downing three-pointer at 3:13, but ODU ended the half on a 7-0 run to take the 45-22 lead into the locker room at intermission.