Virginia Blows 10-point Lead in Loss to ODU - - ABC13

Virginia Blows 10-point Lead in Loss to ODU


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- 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 Virginia this season. The Cavaliers (9-3) have 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 Tevin 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. After Donte Hill's free throw, the Cavaliers pushed the ball upcourt, but it glanced off Joe Harris' hands and the upset was complete.


Team Notes

• Virginia's (9-3) eight-game winning streak ends with the loss

• The Cavaliers are now 9-5 all-time vs. Old Dominion

• Virginia is 0-3 vs. Colonial Athletic Association opponents this season

• The Cavaliers also lost to George Mason (63-59) and Delaware (59-53)

• Virginia led at the half (25-20) for the ninth consecutive game

• The Cavaliers were outrebounded (39-32) for just the second time this season


Player Notes

• Joe Harris (18 points) has led Virginia in scoring in eight games

• Evan Nolte posted his fourth double-figure scoring game with 15 points

• Senior point guard Jontel Evans missed his eighth game with a foot injury

Player Career Highs

• Evan Nolte had a career-high 15 points

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