VCU 83, Old Dominion 70
Troy Daniels tied a school record with eight 3-pointers and
scored a career-best 24 points Friday night, leading Virginia
Commonwealth to an 83-70 victory against Old Dominion.
Treveon Graham added 23 points for the Rams (6-3), who dominated
for much of the night until the Monarchs closed within 65-53 with
eight minutes left. But Rob Brandenberg scored on a drive with the
shot clock winding down, Briante Weber tapped a steal into the open
court and Brandenberg chased it down, slipped into the left corner
and made the Rams’ 11th 3-pointer to push the lead back up to
DeShawn Painter, a transfer from North Carolina State, led the
Monarchs with 26 points and 10 rebounds and Donte Hill had 13 as
Old Dominion (1-8) lost its seventh in a row, and fifth at
The Monarchs trailed by 20 on several occasions, but used a 10-3
run to get within 65-53 with just more than eight minutes left.
After a media timeout, Brandenberg’s drive and 3-pointer and a pair
of free throws by Graham rebuilt the margin to 19 with six minutes
to go and the Monarchs were finished.
The game matched longtime Colonial Athletic Association rivals,
both of whom opted to leave the league after last season. The Rams
departure for the Atlantic 10 took effect before the season began,
and Old Dominion is playing one last season in the CAA before
moving to Conference USA next school year.
Daniels, who hadn’t scored more than 12 points this season and
had never made more than five 3-pointers, had 18 points by halftime
and was in danger of outscoring the Monarchs until late in the
first half. When he hit his sixth from behind the arc, it gave the
Rams a 37-21 lead 2:48 before halftime.
The Monarchs closed to 43-30 at the break, but Daniels hit
another 3 early in the second half as the Rams outscored the
Monarchs 13-6 to begin the half, and ODU never really threatened
The Rams led throughout the first half after a 22-4 run that
featured three of Daniels’ six first-half 3-pointers and nine
points from Graham. Painter ended the dry spell for Old Dominion
with a reverse layup, and with the Rams in foul trouble, the
Monarchs outscored VCU 18-16 to close out the first half.
Painter had 11 of the points, and capped the half with a
3-pointer from the top of the key.
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