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Mace & Crown | January 17, 2018

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Mens basketball narrowly wins 57-54

Mens basketball narrowly wins 57-54

Brittany Reigelsperger | Sports Editor 

The Old Dominion men’s basketball team hosted the Towson Tigers in their season opener tonight at the Ted Center. In true Monarch fashion, the team kept fans on the edge of their seats narrowly beating Towson 57-54.

Towson’s competitive defense set the tone early in the game for the Monarchs. Scoring for either side came slow as both teams used heavy defensive pressure. While the Tigers surpassed the Monarchs in 3-point field goals, free throws and rebounds their higher level of turnovers (16) attributed to their loss. Towson led going into the half 29-28.

“This was a quality game and we are happy to win. Towson is a very well balanced team and there weren’t many easy opportunities to score for either team tonight, so we had to gut this one out. Now we have a quick turnaround on the road and will face a tough JMU team in Harrisonburg on Monday.” head coach, Jeff Jones said.

Defensive Trey Porter led the monarchs with seven rebounds and two blocks. Following Porter Monarch’s Brandan Stith, Aaron Carver and Randy Haynes pulled down five rebounds each. As a team the Monarchs marked 10 big blocks and five steals. Within the final minute Towson closed the point gap to three, but tragically could not overcome the high energy of the Monarchs.

With the loss of two starters, the Monarchs have an opportunity to build a stronger foundation with new players. Old Dominion will travel to James Madison for their Monday night matchup as they fight to make a winning streak.