NORFOLK, Va. – Five Monarchs scored in double figures as the Old Dominion men’s basketball team (3-0) extended the nation’s fifth longest home win streak to 27 in a 79-48 rout over Morgan State (0-3) on Wednesday night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. ODU’s Aaron Bacote (5-5 FT) led all scorers with 22 to go along with three rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes of work.
Old Dominion held the Bears to 22.2% shooting in the second half and 34.8% for the contest. The Monarchs connected on 92.9% (13-14) of their free-throw attempts on the night. The Monarchs held advantages for points in the paint (51-16), rebounding (42-25) and assists (14-7) for the ballgame.
Denzell Taylor (6-8 FG) provided ODU with a double-double consisting of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while blocking two shots. Nik Biberaj went off for career-highs of 12 points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks in a team-high 30 minutes. Trey Freeman netted 11 points, while hauling down seven boards and dishing out two assists. Also in double-figures for Old Dominion was true freshman Ahmad Caver, who went 2-3 from deep, 4-4 from the charity stripe in a 10-point and three assists performance.
Old Dominion used an 11-0 run (5-6 FG) over a 1:19 span to jump out to an early 13-9 advantage at the 14:15 mark of the opening half. The Monarchs then went on a 14-2 run in just over four and a half minutes to take a 34-22 lead with 5:13 remaining in the first half.
ODU led 46-29 at the half, behind 12 points from Denzell Taylor (six rebounds), 10 points from Aaron Bacote and nine points from Trey Freeman. The Monarchs held a 29-14 advantage for points in the paint, a 23-12 advantage for rebounds and a 10-5 advantage for assists. Old Dominion connected on all eight free-throw attempts in the opening 20 minutes, while the Bears hit 1-2.
The Monarchs utilized a 12-1 run to open the second half, claiming a 58-30 lead in the process. A Martin Shaw dunk gave Old Dominion a 67-40 advantage at the 8:40 mark of the second half. ODU held its largest lead of the contest of 33 with 3:31 to play, before cruising to the 79-48 victory on Wednesday night.
Kyle Thomas led the way for Morgan State with 15 points.
NEXT UP FOR THE BASKETBALL MONARCHS Wednesday night wrapped up Old Dominion’s three game home-stand to open the 2015-16 season.
On Nov. 21 and 22, the squad will trek to Uncasville, Conn. to finish competition in the 2015 Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament, which features a matchup with No. 21 Purdue on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. on ESPN 3 and then either Florida or St. Joseph’s on Sunday (If ODU wins on Saturday, Monarchs would tipoff at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday on ESPN 2 and ESPN 3; If ODU loses on Saturday, then the Monarchs would tipoff at noon on Sunday on ESPN 3).
ODU’s last loss home loss was on Feb. 22, 2014 at the hands of LA Tech, 71-66.
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