Back to reality, practice for Old Dominion

NORFOLK (WAVY) – It’s hard to come back to Earth after one of the most thrilling games, and one of the  most memorable buzzer-beaters in Old Dominion history. But that’s the task for ODU hoops, as they hit the practice hardwood in preparation for their NIT semifinal matchup with Stanford on Tuesday.

“We’re still on an extreme high to be honest. Everybody keeps talking about the game,” said junior guard Aaron Bacote, speaking of his team’s 72-69 win over Murray State on Wednesday. Trey Freeman’s 35-foot bank shot as time expired sent the sold-out Ted Constant Center into a frenzy, and the Monarchs to Madison Square Garden.

“I’m still on the high. I still can’t come to terms with what happened,” said sophomore forward Denzell Taylor.

As his team prepares for its trip to New York City, the goal is simply to “refocus,” as head coach Jeff Jones put it. “As far as building it back up and re-focusing, I think that is a building process and today’s practice was the first step,” said Jones on Saturday evening.

“The energy was good, the focus was okay, but I expect the focus to be even better tomorrow,” he said.

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