Dimitri Batten led with 14 tonight
Dimitri Batten led with 14 tonight
Rick Voight

Middle Tennessee Defeats Monarchs, 64-48

February 01, 2014
By ODU Athletics


MURFREESBORO, TN—ODU's Dimitri Batten scored 14, Aaron Bacote 13 and Richard Ross added 11 points, but the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee defeated the Monarchs, 64-48 Saturday night at the Murphy Center led by Shawn Jones with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

The Monarchs are now 10-12 overall and 4-3 in conference USA, while MTSU improves to 15-7 overall and 5-2 in the league.

The Monarchs jumped out on the Blue Raiders in the first half with an 11-4 lead as Richard Ross scored six points during that stretch, capped by a trey from Aaron Bacote. MTSU would go on a 10-0 run and after two Kerry Hammonds free throws led by three, 14-11 with 9:50 left in the half.

MTSU would talk a 29-24 lead into halftime, but the Monarchs rallied to cut the lead to one at 33-32 with 16:18 left in the game on a layup by Dimitri Batten. Shawn Jones then answered with a basket for a 35-32 lead. MTSU would then outscore the Monarchs on an 8-1 run for a 43-33 lead with 12:56 left to go after a Neiko Hunter jumper.

The Monarchs got it down to six at 43-37 on a Batten jumper, but would get no closer.

ODU shot .333 (16-48) from the field, while MTSU was .512 (22-43). Jones led the Blue Raiders with 9-for-11 shooting from the field. The Monarchs outrebounded MTSU, 34-31 as freshman Denzell Taylor led with eight, while Jones led MTSU with 10.

ODU returns to home Thursday to host UTSA, then on Saturday host UTEP.


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