The Old Dominion University Monarchs (12-13, 6-4) looked like a completely different team in Denton, Texas, Thursday against the North Texas Mean Green (11-13,2-8), in a 72-62 victory.
In a previous game against UTEP, the Monarchs shot a meager 25 percent.
Feb. 13, the Monarchs scored on 44 percent of its baskets, including 57 percent from behind the 3-point line.
The biggest reason for the change? Ambrose Mosley, the freshman from Jacksonville scored 21 points; all five of his field goal were 3-pointers.
Mosley averages just 5 points per game and his previous career high was 16 points vs. UAB, Jan. 30.
According to the Virginian- Pilot, “It was a hard zone to get into because I was in foul trouble in the first half,” said Mosley, who had three first-half points. “I knew I had to get hot quick because my team needed me.”
This game was key for ODU, it had been streaking in the wrong direction, after starting Conference USA play 4-1.
The Monarchs had lost three out of four games, including two consecutive road losses.
For North Texas, it was also spiraling downward, losing four-in-a-row.
The first half of the game was a seesaw, the biggest lead was 23-19 ODU, after Dimitri Batten knocked down a 3-pointer on a Richard Ross assist.
The Monarchs led 35-32 at the half.
The lead changed several times in the second half, the Mean Green took a five-point lead with 7:22 remaining.
Mosley got scorching hot from the three-point line, in 46 seconds he knocked down three consecutive treys.
ODU took a 54-51 lead, but North Texas did not shy away, reclaiming a one-point lead 58-57 with 3:39 remaining in the game.
With 3:19 on the clock, Ross knocked down a jumper to give ODU the lead and it would keep it from then on.
After North Texas scored on a Maurice Aniefiok three, the Monarchs outscored the Mean Green 15-8 in the final 5:23 of the game.
According to the Virginian-Pilot, “The last few games we haven’t played well as a whole,” Mosley said. “This was a big win for us.”
Aaron Bacote also scored 20 points while Batten and Keenan Palmore each added 11 points.
Denzel Taylor blocked a career high five shots and Ross added three of his own.
According to the Virginian-Pilot, “It’s hard to win on the road, but when you have an opportunity to position yourself for a win late in the game, you need to take control and win,” ODU coach Jeff Jones said. “This was big. It was a game of streaks, and when it looked like North Texas was going to take control, we were able to make big shots.”
By Brian Saunders