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Dimitri Batten leads Old Dominion on a 26-7 second half run, as the Monarchs shock the Cavaliers in Richmond.
Dimitri Batten scored 23 points, and Old Dominion was fueled by a 26-7 second half run, as the Monarchs (2-10) stunned the Virginia Cavaliers (9-3), 63-61, at the Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic in Richmond, Virginia.
Virginia held a five-point lead at the half, extended that to ten early in the second, holding Old Dominion to 24 points through 25 minutes of play. With Virginia leading 24-26, Batten exploded for an 8-0 run, nailing two three-pointers, over the next two minutes to tie the game. Paul Jesperson responded with a three for Virginia to put the Cavaliers back on top, but ODU responded with an 11-1 run, again fueled by two Batten three-pointers. Virginia would play the foul game successfully enough to get a single shot to win at the buzzer, but Joe Harris' three-point attempt was blocked, and the Monarchs sealed the upset.
Harris paced Virginia with 18, while Evan Nolte pitched in 15. Both teams shot 40% from the field, but the Monarchs outrebounded the Cavaliers by five and had four more points from the free throw line.
Virginia has one more non-conference game, Dec. 30 against Wofford, before beginning ACC play by hosting North Carolina on Jan. 6. Old Dominion hosts Fairfield on Dec. 29.