Monarchs Win in Richmond For First Time in 19 Years
Harry Howard Jr.
The Old Dominion men’s basketball team hit the road and took down the Richmond Spiders 64-61 at the Robins Center for the first time since Jan. 4, 1997. The win snapped a 10 game losing streak for the Monarchs at the arena.
“It’s been a while,” ODU head coach Jeff Jones said.
Jones drought at the Robins Center was longer as he hadn’t won here since the mid- 1990s while he was coaching at UVA.
ODU (2-0) started the game on a 16-0 run and held Richmond (1-1) scoreless for the opening seven minutes and 25 seconds. This spurt to open the game was surprising considering forward Brandon Stith was on the bench for most of it. Stith picked up his second foul of the game just over a minute into the contest.
“I had to take what the refs give me, sit down on the bench and cheer my teammates on,” Stith said.
Stith would play just 10 total minutes. His replacement, redshirt sophomore Trey Porter, filled in for him scoring eight points and hauling in seven rebounds.
ODU led for the entire first half but Richmond closed in with a 9-o and at the halftime buzzer, ODU led 31-27. Seven different Monarchs would score in the half led by B.J. Stith’s eight points off the bench. The bench scoring was a key advantage for Old Dominion as they outscored the Spiders 21-9 for the game.
“That’s what we need to do, That’s what the bench is for. We did what we need to do,” B.J. said.
Ahmad Caver filled up the stat sheet scoring 13 points, grabbing 7 rebounds and dishing out a team-high five assists.
Richmond offense revolved around the two-man game of guard ShawnDre’ Jones forward T.J. Cline. Jones had 23 points and Cline chipped in 18 points along with seven assists, and six rebounds.
The Spiders took their first lead of the game with 12:25 seconds left in the second half and the two would go back and forth for the next five minutes. With 4:39 left Jones drained a three to give Richmond a 59-56 lead. That would be their last basket as the Monarchs began trapping Jones and Spiders weren’t able to adjust.
ODU took the lead a one-point lead with 3:49 left on B.J. Stith dunk and never looked back. The defense forced turnovers and Brandan Stith and Zoran Talley knocked down free throws in the final minutes to hold on.
“To get a win in this building is big. It’s certainly a confidence booster for our guys that when a lot was going against us to be able to hang in there and make enough plays was big for us, ” Jones said.
Up next for ODU is No.12 Louisville on Nov. 23 at 9:30 p.m. in the first round of Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas. Following the Louisville game, the Monarchs will play two more times in the Bahamas Nov. 24-25. The rest of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament field includes No.13 Michigan State, Baylor, LSU, VCU, Witchita State, and St. Johns.