Monarchs Win Fourth Straight on Senior Night
Monarch fans filled The Ted Saturday night to watch the Old Dominion men’s basketball team (18-10, 11-5 C-USA) take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (13-16, 7-9 C-USA) on Senior Day. ODU seniors Denzell Taylor and Jordan Baker were honored prior to tipoff and helped lead their team to a 67-53 victory over the Hilltoppers.
Before the game, Baker was interviewed by Mace & Crown about his time playing for the Monarchs. Baker is a communication major and has been interning with sports media department at ODU, aspiring to become a sports commentator. He is from Hampton and has become a hometown hero for many Monarch fans, serving as team captain this season alongside Denzell Taylor.
“It’s been a roller coaster for me personally, but I wouldn’t change a thing that’s happened to me here because it has helped me mature tremendously from when I first arrived and now that I’m going to be leaving. But being a captain here was something I never knew would happen, but I’m really thankful for the opportunity to lead this team. I’ve just worked hard and did the little things on the court to get where I’m at now. It’s stressful at times, but the team makes it a funny experience daily,” Baker said.
Baker has a left his mark on ODU men’s basketball program and the Monarch community in his four years here.
“Live in the gym, stay humble, and set goals. Use every resource possible that is offered to you. Use the system to your advantage to build your brand and network,” Baker said.
The Monarchs led by 14 points after one-half of play.
Monarch forwards Trey Porter and Denzell Taylor received technical fouls for a minor on-court altercation and Western Kentucky’s Anton Waters earned one as well.
“It is always nice to end the home schedule on a positive note. This was also an awesome crowd for our seniors. I am happy for all of our guys, but especially Jordan Baker and Denzell Taylor.” said head coach Jeff Jones.
Western Kentucky cut the lead to 10 points on several occasions in the second half but ultimately never could tie the game. The Monarchs held the for 39:26 of gameplay.
ODU shot 45.6 percent from the field while the Hilltoppers shot just 30.6 percent. Caver filled the stat sheet once again amassing 15 points, five rebounds, and six assists. The Stith brothers combined for 24 points, and 11 rebounds.
Senior night honoree Denzell Taylor scored two points and snatched eight rebounds driving his career total to 908, making him one of few in Monarchs in history to reach 900 total rebounds. Jordan Baker delivered nine points, six assists and two steals. Both Monarchs drew a standing ovation from the crowd when coach Jones subbed them from the game in the final minutes.
The Monarchs will travel on the road to Texas for their final two regular season games against UTEP and UTSA. ODU will face off against UTEP Thursday at 8 pm. Fans can watch the game live on beIN Sports or follow us on twitter at MaceCrownSports for live updates.