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Mace and Crown | May 24, 2018

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ODU’s win streak comes to a screeching halt at the hands of WKU: WKU 75 ODU 68

Jazzmyn Bradley | Contributing Writer

Old Dominion Monarchs were in the midst of a seven-game streak before their competitive conference matchup against Western Kentucky. In the end, ODU’s late-game heroics fell short as they narrowly lost 75-68.

Coming into the matchup both ODU and WKU were tied for first place in the Conference USA rankings, with both teams sitting at 3-0. Therefore this contest may become a factor in the C-USA tournament seeding later this year. However, ODU will have a chance to even out the series when they travel to Bowling Green later this year.

At the half, ODU led by two points. However, WKU went on a 10-2 run to begin the second half and gained a commanding lead. B.J Stith brought the Monarchs within six late in the second half, but after late-game fouling to extend the contest, the monarchs would end up losing by seven points.

The Monarchs performed well offensively with four players scoring in double figures. B.J Stith lead the way with 17 points, followed by Ahmad Caver who scored 14 points and a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line. Trey Porter also chipped in 14 points while Brandan Stith recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Even with stellar numbers, WKU’s shooting outmatched the Monarchs. Coach Jeff Jones stated the team did not play well enough to defeat a great shooting team such as WKU. WKU finished the game shooting 54% overall from the floor and 62.5% from beyond the arc.

On the bright side, ODU did hold advantages in turnovers, points in the paint, and second-chance points. Next, up the Monarchs gear up for another critical home game as they take on the herd of Marshall Saturday January 13. Hopefully, they will keep their chins up and record a bounce-back win.