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Virginia vs. Old Dominion final score: Monarchs pull shocking upset over Cavaliers

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.

Batten's 23 points led Old Dominion, who notched only their second win of the year. Aaron Bacote chipped in 17, follwed by Donte Hill (12) and DeShawn Painter (11).

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.