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

17.

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

home.

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

again.

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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