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Coach Jeff Jones had called Old Dominion "soft" after their loss to Arkansas State, but the Monarchs came back strong Saturday against Louisiana and rallied to earn their first Sun Belt conference victory in 32 years with a 70-66 triumph.
Frank Hassell, nicknamed Flight when he arrived as a lanky freshman, has blossomed into an offensive force. He outrebounds his opponents 12.2 per game and ranks among college basketball's best rebounders.
Senior guard Tyreek Scott-Grayson set a career high with 30 points and made six three-pointers as Old Dominion claimed its first Sun Belt victory against George Mason, 78-77. Scott-Grayson, who was named the Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, also reached 1,000 points for his career.
The Monarchs (7-8, 2-2 SBC) have a 2-1 record against Sun Belt teams this season and are 8-5 at home. They're averaging 66.5 points, 32.7 rebounds, 9.9 assists and 6.3 steals per game.
App State led for most of the first half, but ODU made an 11-2 run that put them ahead 52-47 with 14:59 remaining. A Dericko Williams layup off Charles Smith IV's feed capped off that run and gave ODU a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Baker rallied from a slow start, scoring seven of his 10 points in the final four minutes to give the Monarchs the lead for good. He made two free throws with 2:45 remaining to make it 62-56 and Long added another 3-pointer with 1:49 remaining on the clock.
After Donovan Gregory's jumper tied the score at 55, ODU went on a 13-1 run that culminated in a Long fastbreak dunk and two Scott-Grayson free throws for an easy victory. The Mountaineers had one last chance to tie, but Tarnell Pearson's foul shot at the buzzer fell wide of its mark.
ODU's win moved them into a tie for fourth place in the SBC with Southern Miss, who defeated Georgia Southern on Saturday. The Monarchs will host Southern Miss on Wednesday night before concluding their regular season with a matchup against Marshall on Friday.
After suffering an injury in January, Stanley had been assigned to the bench until this weekend. But in a 100-59 victory against Ferris State, Stanley played 14 minutes and scored three points.
The 6-6 transfer was an unstoppable force at Hampton, averaging 22 points and 7.2 rebounds as a sophomore in the Big South Conference. He earned himself First Team All-Big South honoree status, as well as being named to BoxToRow HBCU All-America Team.
In the end, ODU had a tough game against an aggressive team that has been a threat every time it takes the court. Nonetheless, the Monarchs battled hard and came out on top with the win.
After a slow start, ODU was able to put together an offensive surge. Tyreek Scott-Grayson led the way with 15 points and added eight rebounds along with two blocks.
He was followed by Chaunce Jenkins with 11 points and Imo Essien with 9.
Stanley made a triple that gave ODU an 87-73 lead with 47.4 seconds left in overtime, but Faizon Fields answered with two free throws from the charity stripe for the Eagles. Mekhi Long then fouled Brown who sank one of two shots to tie the game.
On their next possession, GS failed to make a shot and Old Dominion took control of the game with a layup from Mekhi Long with 27.3 seconds left. After missing a triple from the corner, Fields grabbed two offensive boards for Old Dominion on their next possession and drew fouls on both.
The Monarchs called a timeout and immediately fouled Takal Molson on the inbounds pass. He calmly made both free throws to seal the victory for ODU, moving them to 9-6 overall.
Sports are in a challenging time, with stories of injury and tragedy dominating headlines. Recently, several NFL players have collapsed on the field while college basketball saw ODU sophomore Imo Essien slip to the floor during a game.
Witnesses were left stunned, with many players from both teams looking visibly upset. In the video released later, Essien could be seen lying on the ground clutching his chest as if in pain.
Essien did not appear to have lost consciousness, but he struggled with breathing while trainers and medical personnel attended to him. Eventually, Essien was allowed back on the bench during the second half of the game; however, he remains out of action while the cause of his collapse remains unknown.
Due to this, the Monarchs have been without their point guard for four games while they wait for Essien's return. His status will be updated on Monday when he visits with a cardiologist, per WTKR.
While Essien recovers, Old Dominion will continue its regular schedule. On Dec. 21, they travel to George Mason for their final non-conference game of the season.
Essien was able to leave the court Saturday with help from his medical team and trainers, returning to practice on Tuesday. He reported feeling better Sunday and expresses his appreciation for all of your prayers in his support.
D'Angelo Stines was a key factor in Old Dominion's 82-75 victory against Georgia Southern earlier this season, scoring 12 points and adding 6 rebounds in the win.
D'Angelo was a key factor in two impressive wins against Mackin and DeMatha: in the Gaels' 77-45 triumph over Towson Catholic, he scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds; similarly, during their 70-68 triumph against the Stags, D'Angelo had 11 points and six rebounds to his credit.
On Friday night, Harrod was one of the stars in a thrilling one-game playoff against Rice that gave Washington its first conference title in over three decades. Nieberlein Jr and Harrod each scored 18 points to lead their side to victory, and other Dons made up the difference down the stretch as well.
With 2.1 seconds left in the game, ODU secured its victory by inbounded the ball with six players on court. Unfortunately, this violation of playing rules wasn't recognized by officials and they left before replay could be done to rectify it.
After the game, Troy coach Kim Rigby lamented the missed call and expressed her regret that it hadn't been called correctly. Nonetheless, she expressed her satisfaction with her team's performance overall.
With 29 seconds remaining, the Chanticleers held a commanding 66-64 lead over ODU. However, Essam Mostafa and Antonio Daye each hit free throws to close the gap to 65-64 with three seconds left. ODU then drilled another three to put CCU down by two, but Brown calmly sank all three free throws as CCU held on for victory.
FAU, with a 10-8 Sun Belt record, had an impressive start against ODU but the Monarchs closed out the first half on an 18-4 run to take a 40-34 advantage at halftime. Vladislav Goldin led FAU with 13 points while sophomore forward Giancarlo Rosado added 11 in the loss.
After a tough start to the year with losses to Virginia Tech and Davidson, Old Dominion (11-7 Sun Belt) has come back strong. In their last two games, they defeated Southern Miss 69-64 on Wednesday and Marshall 71-67 on Friday.
They are currently in the Sun Belt Conference tournament and will face Georgia State and Texas State this week. Due to their impressive record against other teams in the conference, they have a great chance of taking down one of the top seeds on Thursday in the first round.
The Monarchs have had a successful year against an extensive schedule, yet they have struggled to pull out victories when outmatched. Nevertheless, their defense remains solid enough that they can often pull ahead and secure victories for themselves.
ODU boasts several players capable of making plays. Chaunce Jenkins, for instance, is an excellent shooter with a high percentage from three-point range. Charles Smith IV may not always hit the target but he still possesses great overall skillset that allows him to make plays when needed.
Finally, the Monarchs possess a formidable rebounding team that could pose challenges for opposing teams. At present, they are averaging 71.7 rebounds per game and ranking 30th in college basketball with an opponent average of 66.2.
ODU knows they will face a challenge at home this season against teams they aren't expected to win against. Nonetheless, ODU boasts an impressive record at their home venue this year and will have the chance to sweep back-to-back games when they travel to Norfolk on Saturday night to face the Pirates.