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Old Dominion beats St. John's 63-55 in Battle 4 Atlantis

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Old Dominion couldn't shoot. Fortunately for coach Jeff Jones, the Monarchs did just about everything else well enough to win their final game at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Ahmad Caver scored 15 points to help Old Dominion hold off St. John's 63-55 on Friday night in the seventh-place game despite shooting 30 percent. But the Monarchs dominated the glass and played defense well enough to please Jones, who was irked by the way his team played in Thursday's loss to LSU.

''To win a game against a good opponent shooting 30 percent is tough,'' Jones said. ''But I thought our guys responded and the played with energy. We executed offensively even though we didn't finish. And then obviously our defense was terrific.''

That was much better than a night earlier, when Jones said his team had ''atrocious'' offensive execution.

''It felt better,'' Caver said of his team's energy. ''The whole day felt better, the game felt better.''

Trey Porter had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Monarchs (3-2), who blew much of a 16-point second-half lead but came up with a couple of key plays in the final 30 seconds to hang.

Marcus LoVett's layup cut ODU's lead to 57-54 with 44.8 seconds left, but Caver responded by hitting two free throws with 29.9 seconds left. ODU also came up with a layup off a turnover.

LoVett scored 16 points to lead the Red Storm (2-4), who shot 34 percent. ODU also took a 54-34 rebounding advantage, including 26-9 on the offensive glass.

''The bad thing is we played good defense, we really did,'' St. John's coach Chris Mullin said. ''We just couldn't get the ball. I mean, it was amazing. I never saw so many balls pop out of guys' hands, hit guys in the head, it looked like a circus.''

BIG PICTURE

ODU: Jones said Thursday after the LSU loss: ''What we found out (about ourselves) wasn't very pretty.'' He had reason to feel a little better with the way his team closed its stay in the Bahamas.

''If we don't have that edge and play with that level of intensity, it's just going to be really, really hard for us,'' he said.

St. John's: Mullin said it would take time for a group led by a young backcourt to figure out how to play together for a complete-game performance. The three games in Atlantis only reinforced that, with St. John's trailing by double figures at some point in all three games.

TIP-INS

ODU: Denzell Taylor had nine points and 16 rebounds. ... ODU shot just 9 of 36 (25 percent) in the first half but led 30-24. ... The Monarchs made 19 of 31 free throws (61 percent), capping a tournament that saw them miss 36 and shoot just 54 percent over three games.

St. John's: Shamorie Ponds had 10 points. ... St. John's made 5 of 25 3-pointers (20 percent). ... The Red Storm blocked six shots.

UP NEXT

ODU: The Monarchs host Dartmouth on Wednesday.

St. John's: The Red Storm return home to play Delaware State on Tuesday.

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Key Players
M. LoVett
A. Caver
37.5 Min. Per Game 37.5
10.0 Pts. Per Game 10.0
3.5 Ast. Per Game 3.5
1.0 Reb. Per Game 1.0
44.2 Field Goal % 27.0
41.2 Three Point % 26.7
77.8 Free Throw % 55.0
  Defensive rebound by Old Dominion 0.0
  Marcus LoVett missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
+ 1 B.J. Stith made 2nd of 2 free throws 4.0
+ 1 B.J. Stith made 1st of 2 free throws 4.0
  Personal foul on Federico Mussini 4.0
  Defensive rebound by B.J. Stith 5.0
  Kassoum Yakwe missed 2nd of 2 free throws 5.0
+ 1 Kassoum Yakwe made 1st of 2 free throws 5.0
  Shooting foul on Brandan Stith 5.0
  Offensive rebound by Kassoum Yakwe 10.0
  Shamorie Ponds missed 3-pt. jump shot 12.0
Team Stats
Points 55 63
Field Goals 18-53 (34.0%) 20-66 (30.3%)
3-Pointers 5-25 (20.0%) 4-16 (25.0%)
Free Throws 14-19 (73.7%) 19-31 (61.3%)
Total Rebounds 34 54
Offensive 9 18
Defensive 24 27
Team 1 9
Assists 9 15
Steals 4 8
Blocks 6 3
Turnovers 15 15
Fouls 24 23
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
15 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST
12T
away team logo St. John's 2-4 243155
home team logo Old Dominion 3-2 303363
Team Stats
away team logo St. John's 2-4 77.1 PPG 35.2 RPG 13.9 APG
home team logo Old Dominion 3-2 65.7 PPG 42.2 RPG 12.5 APG
Key Players
00
M. LoVett G PPG RPG APG FG%
4
A. Caver G 16.6 PPG 4.3 RPG 5.5 APG 38.1 FG%
Top Scorers
M. LoVett G 16 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
A. Caver G 15 PTS 4 REB 6 AST
34.0 FG% 30.3
20.0 3PT FG% 25.0
73.7 FT% 61.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. LoVett 16 4 1 7/14 2/6 0/0 3 31 0 0 4 1 3
S. Ponds 10 7 3 3/11 0/6 4/5 1 33 1 0 3 2 5
B. Ahmed 9 4 1 2/8 1/4 4/6 3 15 1 1 1 0 4
Y. Sima 4 3 2 2/6 0/0 0/0 3 17 1 2 1 2 1
K. Yakwe 3 3 2 1/2 0/0 1/2 4 22 0 1 1 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. LoVett 16 4 1 7/14 2/6 0/0 3 31 0 0 4 1 3
S. Ponds 10 7 3 3/11 0/6 4/5 1 33 1 0 3 2 5
B. Ahmed 9 4 1 2/8 1/4 4/6 3 15 1 1 1 0 4
Y. Sima 4 3 2 2/6 0/0 0/0 3 17 1 2 1 2 1
K. Yakwe 3 3 2 1/2 0/0 1/2 4 22 0 1 1 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
F. Mussini 5 4 0 2/5 1/3 0/0 1 21 0 0 1 0 4
T. Owens 4 6 0 0/0 0/0 4/4 2 20 0 1 2 3 3
M. Ellison 4 1 0 1/5 1/4 1/2 2 20 1 0 2 1 0
A. Alibegovic 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 12 0 1 0 0 0
D. Williams 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
R. Freudenberg 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 0 1
M. Clark Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Simon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Holifield - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 55 33 9 18/53 5/25 14/19 24 200 4 6 15 9 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Caver 15 4 6 4/12 1/4 6/8 1 29 1 0 4 1 3
D. Taylor 9 16 1 4/4 0/0 1/3 3 34 1 0 3 8 8
Br. Stith 8 3 0 3/8 0/0 2/4 5 15 2 1 3 2 1
J. Baker 6 4 5 2/9 2/7 0/0 4 31 1 0 0 1 3
Z. Talley 6 4 0 2/11 1/1 1/2 2 31 1 0 2 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Caver 15 4 6 4/12 1/4 6/8 1 29 1 0 4 1 3
D. Taylor 9 16 1 4/4 0/0 1/3 3 34 1 0 3 8 8
Br. Stith 8 3 0 3/8 0/0 2/4 5 15 2 1 3 2 1
J. Baker 6 4 5 2/9 2/7 0/0 4 31 1 0 0 1 3
Z. Talley 6 4 0 2/11 1/1 1/2 2 31 1 0 2 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Porter 12 9 1 4/11 0/0 4/9 3 25 2 2 1 4 5
BJ. Stith 5 3 1 0/3 0/0 5/5 0 13 0 0 0 1 2
T. Fields 2 0 0 1/4 0/2 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
S. Vassor 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
A. Carver 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 5 0 0 0 0 1
R. Haynes 0 1 0 0/4 0/2 0/0 3 11 0 0 1 0 1
A. Kah 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
K. Pinckney - - - - - - - - - - - - -
X. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Mauras - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 63 45 15 20/66 4/16 19/31 23 202 8 3 15 18 27