Caver leads with 15 as Old Dominion tops W. Kentucky 67-53

Old Dominion University's Ahmad Caver (4) tries to defend the shot of Western Kentucky's Tobias Howard during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Norfolk, Va. (L. Todd Spencer/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Ahmad Caver sank four 3-pointers, scored 15 points, and dished six assists to help Old Dominion defeat Western Kentucky 67-53 on Saturday night.

The win pushes Old Dominion (17-10, 10-5) into a second-place tie in Conference USA, setting up a key game with UTEP, also 10-5, in El Paso, Texas on Thursday. Both trail Louisiana Tech (13-3), which was upset by Rice on Saturday.

B.J. Stith added 13 points for the Monarchs and Brandan Stith 11. Old Dominion was 26-for-57 shooting from the floor (46 percent) while Western Kentucky shot 15 of 49 (31 percent).

The Monarchs never trailed and led 37-23 by halftime. Western Kentucky didn’t score for the first three minutes of the second half until Que Johnson hit a 3-pointer and only came as close as 10 points three times.

Pancake Thomas led the Hilltoppers with 17 points, though was 4 of 10 from the floor, Que Johnson added 12 and Justin Johnson 11. Justin Johnson grabbed seven boards and Thomas six.