|Posted on December 15, 2018 at 2:10 PM|
Article by Dan Tortora
The Syracuse Orange men's basketball team played host to the Old Dominion Monarchs for the first time in 37 years when both teams met in the Dome for this non-conference match-up.
Syracuse last faced Old Dominion in 1981, also in the Dome, with the Orange defeating the Monarchs 71-58. This was the first season that the Orange played in the Dome after moving from Manley Field House.
Early on in the game, Syracuse senior point guard Frank Howard completed a four-point play that was followed by back-to-back threes by Old Dominion. Junior shooting guard Tyus Battle responded right back with a three of his own, placing the Orange ahead of the Monarchs, 10-7.
With 12:41 remaining in the first half, the Monarchs took their first lead of the game when senior guard Ahmad Caver connected from long range to go ahead 13-12.
True freshman point guard Jalen Carey impressed as he has done throughout the early part of this season when he attacked the basket, making the bucket and the subsequent free throw, breaking the tie and placing the Orange ahead 16-13.
But the Monarchs would come right back, beating the shot clock, to tie the game again, this time at 16 apiece, when freshman guard Jason Wade cashed in from long range.
Syracuse went on a 5-0 run from there before Old Dominion senior center Elbert Robinson, III, muscled in between two Orange defenders for two and then came back down the court to fight his way to two more at the rim, bringing the score to 21-20 Orange.
Battle would attack the rim after a Syracuse steal and then connect on a long two, followed by a three from redshirt-junior guard/forward Elijah Hughes to give the Orange a 12-0 run late in the first half.
Sophomore guard Marquis Godwin would end that Orange run and his team's own offensive drought, making the final shot of the first half by either team, getting Old Dominion within 10 at the half, 33-23.
Caver of Old Dominion opened the scoring of the second half for either side, with his make at the rim that brought Syracuse's lead to 33-25.
With 18:49 to play, though, the Monarchs took a hit when Robinson picked up his fourth foul of the game.
Just before the 16:30 mark of the second half, sophomore forward Oshae Brissett sent the ball up-court to Hughes who finished at the rim, giving the Orange a 36-28 advantage.
Old Dominion began the second half on a 18-8 run to come from a 10-point deficit at the half to tying the contest at 41-41 with 10:19 to play. The tying bucket came from beyond the arc in the corner by Godwin.
Conversely, the offense for the Orange was quiet, with their last field goal coming at the 13:21 mark of the second half, which was a jumper by sophomore forward Marek Dolezaj. The next field-goal make for Syracuse came on a goal-tend by Old Dominion on an attempt at the rim by Brissett with 8:53 to go, ending a drought of four minutes and 28 seconds with a field goal. Brissett's make at the rim gave the Orange a 46-43 lead.
A three from Howard with 7:33 to play elevated the Orange to a two-possession lead, 50-46.
Caver launched from deep and the net accepted the attempt, giving Old Dominion the lead 51-50 with 5:28 to go. With Caver's three, the Monarchs were on a 28-17 run from the open of the second half.
Howard made one of his two shots at the free-throw line with the Orange in the double-bonus, tying the game at 51.
Hughes would go 2-for-2 at the line shortly after to give the lead back to Syracuse, 53-51.
Senior guard B.J. Stith was fouled by senior center Paschal Chukwu shooting a three and made all three of his free throws, giving Old Dominion the lead again, this time 54-53.
Redshirt-sophomore Xavier Green would add to that, knocking down a three to raise the Monarchs to a 57-53 advantage with just under three minutes to go.
Green would get another field goal on a goal-tend by Chukwu that followed Battle's 1-for-2 trip to the line, bringing the score to 59-54 Old Dominion.
Brissett gave life to the Dome with a three that brought the Orange deficit to 59-57 with about two minutes left on the game clock.
Stith was fouled on the inbounds that came after, making both of his free throws to give the Monarchs a 61-57 lead, followed by redshirt-junior forward Aaron Carver tacking two more on at the rim to bring the score to 63-57 Old Dominion.
Battle's three with 1:06 to play made it a one-possession game again, this time at 63-60 Monarchs.
Stith came through for Old Dominion on yet another crucial late-game possession on a jumper that moved the Monarchs out to a 65-60 advantage.
Battle made both of his freebies with 41.2 seconds to go and it was back to a one-possession game, at 65-62.
Caver went to the charity stripe on the other end and knocked down one of two.
With 27.7 seconds to play, it was 66-62 Old Dominion.
Stith would make another two free throws, going 10-for-11 at the line for the game.
Syracuse would launch a plethora of shots but none would fall in the nylon.
Old Dominion gets revenge 37 years in the making, 68-62, in the Dome over Syracuse.
With the win, the Monarchs hand the Orange their first loss at home this season, bringing the Orange to 6-1 in the Dome.
Old Dominion improves to 8-3 overall and Syracuse leaves the match-up at 7-3.
Stitch led all Monarchs with 18, followed by Green with 15, and Godwin with 11. Each were an integral part of the comeback from down 10 at the break.
Battle had 23 to lead the Orange, Hughes the lone other Syracuse player in double-figures with 15. Brissett and Howard each had nine.
The Orange missed 12 free throws (22-for-34), and lost by six.