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December 22, 2012

ODU snaps UVa's winning streak

Dimitri Batten scored 14 of his career-best 23 points during a 21-4 second-half run Saturday night and Old Dominion stunned Virginia 63-61 in the Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic.

The Monarchs (2-10) had lost nine in a row coming into the game at Richmond Coliseum, but became the third Colonial Athletic Association team to beat the Cavaliers this season.

UVa (9-3) also lost at George Mason and at home against Delaware but had won eight straight since that setback to the Blue Hens on Nov. 13.

Virginia thought it tied the game when Teven Jones made a shot from the right corner with the Cavaliers trailing 62-59 and 3 seconds left, but while the Virginia bench erupted, the officials signaled that it was a 2-point shot.

Donte Hill made a free throw at the other end and when the Cavaliers pushed the ball upcourt, it glanced off the hands of Joe Harris and the upset was complete.

Old Dominion trailed 34-24 when Aaron Bacote, who finished with 17 points, scored to spark the 21-4 burst. Then Batten took over. He hit a 3-pointer, made a basket in the lane, and then sank another 3-pointer, tying the game at 34 with 12:19 to play. In the process, he riled up the sizeable Monarchs contingent in Richmond.

Paul Jesperson hit a 3-pointer to give the Cavaliers the lead back but Hill sank a pair of free throws for Old Dominion, NC State transfer DeShawn Painter followed a Virginia free throw with a basket inside for the Monarchs and Batten added two more 3-pointers, giving Old Dominion a 44-38 lead with 8:20 to play.

The lead got as high as nine points, at 50-41, before Virginia slowly crept back, finally getting to 57-54 on an Evan Nolte 3-pointer with 33.6 seconds left. A free throw by Painter made it 58-54, and Nolte's three-point play off a rebound made it a one-point game.

But Old Dominion made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 21 seconds and held on when the shot by Jones was ruled a 2-pointer. The officials never even checked video.

Virginia led 25-20 at the break and opened the second half on a 9-4 run. When Harris' 3-pointer fell with 14:24 left to make it 34-24, it seemed likely that the Cavaliers had made adjustments at halftime and were poised to pull away.

Old Dominion led 12-9 early before Virginia used a 14-2 run to go ahead 23-14.

Harris, who finished with 18, was one of only two Cavaliers in double figures along with Nolte, who had 15.


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