NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion men’s basketball team (5-6) extended its home win streak to 29 straight with a 77-47 victory over UMES (1-10) on Friday night at Ted Constant Convocation Center. The 29 consecutive wins is currently the country’s fourth longest home winning streak.
Old Dominion held a lead for 35:36 of the possible 40 minutes. Trey Freeman led four ODU players in double-digits with 21 points to compliment seven assists. Aaron Bacote followed, pouring in 18 points to go along with five assists. Brandan Stith filled the stat sheet with 14 points, a game-high eight rebounds and a game-high five blocks. Zoran Talley also added 14 points, while hauling down five boards.
The Monarchs assisted on 21 of their 29 made field-goals. ODU shot 62.5% (15-24) from the floor in the second half and 55.8% (29-52) for the ballgame. Old Dominion held a 47-9 advantage for points in the paint and a 25-5 advantage for fast-break points. The Monarchs forced a total of 18 UMES turnovers. For the contest, UMES shot 26.9% (14-52) from the floor.
The Hawks were led by a career-high 23 points from Dontae Caldwell on 7-11 shooting.
The Hawks started the second half on a 14-4 run to pull within 16 (44-28) with 15:40 to play, but the Monarchs answered back with an 18-7 run to extend their lead to 62-35 with 10:54 remaining in regulation.
ODU would hit 11 straight field-goal attempts to take a 70-42 advantage with 5:35 to play, before ultimately claiming a 77-47 victory on Friday night in Norfolk.
In the first half, Old Dominion used a 25-4 run over an 8:55 span to jump out to a 33-9 lead with just under four minutes remaining, as UMES didn’t score double-digits until the 3:42 mark.
The Monarchs would a claim a 40-16 lead going into the locker rooms at halftime, behind a half-high 12 points and half-high five rebounds from Brandan Stith. ODU led for 15:41 of the 20 minutes and held a 28-0 advantage for points in the paint. Also in double-figures for Old Dominion was Zoran Talley with 10 points. The Monarchs held the Hawks to 20% (5-25) shooting form the floor in the first half.
Longest Active NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Home Winning Streak 1. Arizona (45) 2. LA Tech (36) # 3. Wichita State (35) 4. North Dakota State (29) 4t. Old Dominion (29) # 5t. Kansas (28) 7t. Villanova (27) 7t. Kentucky (27) # = C-USA member
The Monarchs have not lost in front of their home crowd since Feb. 22, 2014.
NEXT UP FOR THE MONARCHS Old Dominion will remain at home for a Tuesday, Dec. 22 contest against Rhode Island at 7:00 p.m. The game will air on ASN.
DON’T MISS THE ACTION! Monarch basketball season tickets are on sale now for the 2015-16 season at YNottix.com or by calling the box office 757-683-4444.
TICKETS (Single Game) Adult Lower Bowl - $17 Adult Club - $31 Military/Seniors/Youth/Faculty Staff - $15 Group pricing available by calling Todd McKeating at 757-683-7087
WHAT A DEAL! - VOUCHER BOOKS Get 10 tickets to use at any home ODU basketball games during the 2015-16 regular season. Use them all at one game to bring family and friends, or spread them out over the season. The choice is yours! The price is $120 for a men’s basketball voucher book. That’s a $50 savings over purchasing at the ticket window. Plus the first 200 fans that purchase will get an ODU UnderArmour Team Visor. Purchase now at www.ynottix.com.
FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA For a more in-depth look into the men’s basketball program, be sure