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Mace & Crown | March 23, 2018

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Monarchs Clip FAU’s Wings in Route to 69-64 Win

Contributing Writer | Khari Murphy

The Old Dominion Monarchs improved to a 23-6 overall record after defeating a feisty Florida Atlantic team 69-64 on Thursday. Throughout the game, the Monarchs dominated inside the paint (30 points) which led to Trey Porter’s big night; he shot 9-12 from the field on his way to a career-high 29 points and brought down 12 rebounds, which adds another double-double to his resume.

ODU led by 14 at the end of the first half (31-17), but the Owls bombarded the Monarchs in the second half with 47 points and even took a 40-39 lead with 11:36 left in regulation. The Monarchs showed their resiliency as Randy Haynes hit several clutch threes to help lift the team past the Owls during a 10-0 run. Haynes finished with 16 points and seven rebounds on the night.

The Owls managed to pull within two, 63-61, with 1:15 remaining in the game. The pressure wouldn’t be insurmountable for the Monarchs as they would ultimately leave the Ted Constant Convocation center victorious.

The Monarchs shot an abysmal 4-21 from beyond the arc and 38% from the field. To their credit, they shot 83% from the charity stripe and held the Owls to a low 36.1% field goal percentage.

The night was capped off by Old Dominion honoring former ODU long snapper Rick Lovato, now a Philadelphia Eagle, as he made history as the first ODU football to win a Super Bowl. He received a standing ovation as well as a memorial plaque for his historic efforts.

ODU has won seven of its last eight games now, with a chance for another victory in their final regular season game on Saturday as they host Florida International.

Senior Brandon Stith eclipsed a humungous milestone on Thursday, reaching 1,000 career points as a monarch. Stith will be honored during Saturday’s Senior Night game along with several Monarchs including: Randy Haynes, Keith Pinckney, Stephen Vassor and Greg McClinton.