Jeff Jones’s 100th win as Old Dominion’s basketball manager didn’t come simply Thursday night.
B.J. Stith scored 26 points and a Monarchs hold Rice scoreless for a initial 4 mins of overtime to finally lift divided 82-75 in their initial Conference USA highway game.
Stith also grabbed 9 rebounds in 43 minutes. Ahmad Caver combined 19 points and 10 assists and Trey Porter 19 points and 8 rebounds for a Monarchs.
ODU (11-3, 2-0) led by 6 with 1:30 left in regulation, though Rice’s Ako Adams strike a span of 3-pointers to tie a game.
The Monarchs missed a possibility to win in law when Xavier Green committed an descent tainted with 2.7 seconds left. A half-court shot by Adams missed as time expired.
Rice (3-13, 0-3) pulled forward with 8:01 left, when Caver fouled Adams and was also whistled for a technical. Adams strike 3 of 4 giveaway throws to give a Owls a 56-55 lead.
The Monarchs strike 4 of their initial 5 shots in a half though couldn’t lift away. Rice remained within 4 points with 11 mins left.
Robert Martin led Rice with 17 points. Adams had 16. The Owls hoisted 37 3-pointers, and strike 14.
ODU was 11 of 28 from over a arc. Stith strike 6 of 12 attempts.
ODU led 35-31 during halftime, behind 11 points from Stith and 9 from Caver.
The Monarchs were adult 10 with 12:41 left, before going cold opposite Rice’s 3-2 zone.
ODU missed 7 true shots as Rice took a 24-23 lead on a 3-pointer by Connor Cashaw with 6:19 remaining. An Adams’ 3-pointer gave a Owls a 27-25 edge, though a Monarchs sealed a half on a 10-4 run.