ODU peaking at right time, blows out Marshall 86-65

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY/AP) — B.J. Stith scored 17 points, Ahmad Caver had 16 with eight assists, Zoran Talley added 15 points, and Old Dominion beat Marshall 86-65 on Thursday night.

Old Dominion (17-10, 10-5 Conference USA) is now tied for third place with three games left and the top four seeds receive a first-round bye.

Tre Porter had 10 points and eight rebounds for Old Dominion.

The Monarchs held a 37-28 lead at halftime after Ahmad Caver came off a high screen to sink a 3-pointer with 32 seconds left. Marshall shot just 31 percent in the first 20 minutes.

Austin Loop led Marshall (15-13, 8-7) with five 3-pointers for 18 points. Jon Elmore had two 3-pointers, 15 points and eight rebounds, and Terrence Thompson added 12 points and six rebounds. With five minutes to go, the Thundering Herd’s bench was scoreless but finished with seven points.

Marshall coach Dan D’Antoni was ejected with 9:25 left in the first half after back-to-back technical fouls. Assistant Mark Cline took over from there.