Monarchs Down Rice on the Road, 80-72
HOUSTON- Texas – Five Monarchs scored in double-figures as the Old Dominion men’s basketball team (12-8, 5-3 C-USA) defeated Rice (13-8, 3-5 C-USA) by an 80-72 score at Tudor Fieldhouse on Thursday night.
In his first appearance since Jan. 5 (injury), Brandan Stith recorded a double-double consisting of a team-high 18 points on 8-8 shooting and team-high 11 rebounds. Zoran Talley went for 15 points, six assists and four rebounds. Randy Haynes scored a career-high 14 points to go along with six rebounds and two assists. B.J. Stith scored 12 points and hauled down five rebounds in 22 minutes of work. Also in double-figures for ODU was Ahmad Caver, who contributed 11 points, a game-high eight assists and three rebounds. Denzell Taylor chipped in six points (3-3 FG), eight rebounds and two steals.
“This was a very good team win tonight,” said ODU head coach Jeff Jones. “A lot of guys stepped up and played well and I think ultimately that was the difference. Our defense was terrific, but I think our aggressiveness and balance offensively with five different guys in double-figures was a really good sign for us. Now we need to get mentally prepared and be ready to play at North Texas on Saturday.”
In a game that Old Dominion led by as many as 22 with just 10 minutes remaining, the Monarchs held advantages for points in the paint (38-8), bench points (34-10), rebounds (42-29) and assists (20-11).
ODU shot 62.5% (15-24) from the floor in the second half and 54.2% (32-59) for the contest. Old Dominion led for 31:23 of the possible 40 minutes. For the game, Rice shot 37.7% (20-53) from the floor and 53.3% (16-30) from three-point range.
The Owls were led by Marcus Evans’ game-high 23 points, as he connected on 6-7 from deep.
NEXT UP FOR THE MONARCHS
Old Dominion will remain on the road in Texas as they travel to Denton for a Saturday showdown at North Texas on Saturday, with tipoff slated for 3:00 p.m. EST. The game will air on C-USA TV.
ALL-TIME SERIES: ODU vs. North Texas
-Saturday’s game marks the seventh all-time meeting between the two schools.
-ODU has won all six of the previous meetings.
-These schools last met back on Jan. 2, 2017, in a game the Monarchs won 55-48.
-Old Dominion is 2-0 all-time when playing North Texas in Denton.
-The two teams met twice last season, with ODU winning in Denton (76-70) and Norfolk (67-47).
-These two schools first met during the 2013-14 season, in a game ODU won 72-62.
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