ODU hangs on to beat Richmond 64-61, snapping long drought in state capital

RICHMOND (WAVY) – For the first time since 1997, Old Dominion beat the University of Richmond in their own building. The Monarchs (2-0), led by Ahmad Caver’s 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists, hung on to beat the Spiders (1-1) 64-61 on Monday evening.

ODU snapped a string of 10 straight road losses against the Spiders.

“For us to win in this building, it’s been a while,” said ODU head coach Jeff Jones after the win. “To get a win in this building is big. I think it’s certainly a confidence-booster for our guys.”

Caver made a layup and then, after his steal from Jones, fed Brandan Stith for a dunk that put Old Dominion up 60-59 with 3:49 to play. Neither team made a field goal the rest of the way, combining to go 0-for-7 — with Richmond missing its last five shots including a half-court heave by ShawnDre’ Jones as time expired.

The Monarchs made 4 of 6 foul shots, including 3 of 4 by Talley in the final 1:44, to seal it.

A 3-pointer by Jordan Baker capped a 16-0 Old Dominion run to open the game and the Monarchs led 22-4 with 9:44 left in the half. ShawnDre’ Jones scored nine points during a 23-9 spurt to close the half that pulled Richmond (1-1) within four at the break.

Jones led Richmond with 23 points. T.J. Cline added 18 with six rebounds and seven assists.