With 22 seconds to play Friday, Towson’s Zane Martin rebounded a missed Xavier Green giveaway chuck and everybody in a Constant Center knew what was coming: Martin would take a shot to try to kick Old Dominion during a other end.
He did. It didn’t.
“It was not a shot we wanted,” pronounced Towson manager Pat Skerry after Old Dominion’s 57-54 win in a season-opening diversion for both teams.
“He had kind of carried us (scoring 22 points) … We wanted to get to a basket. We wanted a round in his hands. He likes a moment.”
But a Tigers didn’t wish a 22-foot shot that clanged off a edge with 0.3 seconds to play. Not after rallying from 8 points behind in a game’s final 5 mins to get in position to take a win.
“We’re tickled to genocide to get this win,” ODU manager Jeff Jones said. “Obviously, it wasn’t pretty, though it was tough fought. we consider it will compensate dividends for a group going forward. … We did some good things, though we can clearly play better.
“Hopefully, it shows a guys that we’re a good team, though there’s a prolonged approach to go in terms of personification a approach we’re able of playing.”
The subsequent exam comes quickly: The Monarchs play Monday during James Madison.
Old Dominion hold an eight-point lead in a initial half, though a duration finished when Towson’s Eddie Keith II done a giveaway chuck to give a Tigers a 29-28 lead. The Monarchs took dual some-more eight-point leads in a second half though clearly struggled offensively in doing it.
“Thank integrity for a defense,” Jones said. “Somebody told me we hold them for 8 mins and 45 seconds though a margin goal. If we can continue that and do a improved pursuit during a descent finish …”
The Towson field-goal drought indeed lasted 8:50, though during that time, a Tigers still cut an eight-point lead to one by creation giveaway throws – something ODU struggled with all night. The Monarchs were usually 6 for 13 during a line. Martin’s final of 4 3-point baskets came with 46 seconds to play to make it 55-54, finale a field-goal drought.
The Monarchs aided a Towson convene over a final 2:06 with a B.J. Stith turnover and Randy Haynes’ brash shot too early in a shot clock.
Stith led a ODU with 15 points, 11 of those in a second half.
“Going into a locker room during halftime, (Jones) got on me and told me to stop worrying about a lot of outward shots,” Stith said. “That’s what we did in a second half. The group indispensable offense from somewhere.”
Ahmad Caver had 10 though done usually 4 of 14 shots, including 1 of 8 from 3-point range. Last season’s ODU scoring leader, Caver was a Towson indicate of emphasis.
“The child is impressive,” Skerry said. “I told a guys we have to cut a conduct off a snake, and we suspicion during one time we had him dragging. But he hangs in there.”
As did ODU, winning notwithstanding being outrebounded 46-31. Winning by restraint 10 shots and by holding down a turnovers.
It’s a place to start on a prolonged season.