Monarchs Trample the Herd
The Ted Convocation Center filled with excitement as the Old Dominion Monarchs (17-10, 10-5 C-USA) faced off against the Marshall Thundering Herd (15-13, 8-7 C-USA) for the second time this season. ODU lost to Marshall previously this season on the road, but they were able to avenge this loss by trampling over the Herd 86-65.
“I thought our energy was good and our defense was solid all the way through. We are thrilled to win, but we can’t look too much into this,” ODU head coach Jones said.
The energy from the crowd was impalpable as the Monarchs led 37-28 at the end of the first half. Sophomore guard Ahmad Caver guided ODU’s offense in the first half contributing 10 points, two rebounds, and three assists. Caver would end the night with 16 points, two rebounds and eight assists. But Caver’s first half was not the only exciting thing to happen during the half.
With 9:25 left in the first half, Marshall’s head coach Dan D’Antoni received his second technical foul resulting in his ejection from the game giving the Monarchs four free throws. D’Antoni lost his cool after an illegal screen was called. Former ODU assistant coach Mark Cline, who’s now on the Thundering Herds staff, replaced D’Antoni following his early exit.
B.J. Stith stepped to the line for the Monarchs and made all four shots to give ODU a 23-12 lead.
Despite D’Antoni’s ejection, the Herd continued to push the pace against the Monarchs. Austin Loop scored 18 points for the Marshall while his backcourt mate Jon Elmore would add 15 points and eight assists. Ultimately Marshall would not be able to surpass Old Dominion, due to a poor shooting night with just 37 percent from the field. They also committed 18 turnovers compared to the Monarchs eight.
The rebounding battle was a draw as both teams pulled down 38 boards.
“This was a good win for us,” Jones said.
Trey Porter led ODU with eight total rebounds and Denzell Taylor grabbed six. The combination of Taylor and Porter’s defensive efforts in the paint with Stith and Cavers hot shooting gave the Monarchs their third straight 20-point win. B.J. Stith’s 17 points led all Monarchs scorers.
“We still have plenty of room to improve. There is a high ceiling for this group,” Jones said.