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Stith leads Old Dominion's rally, upset of No. 25 Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) B.J. Stith felt it necessary to apologize to his Old Dominion teammates at halftime Saturday after going scoreless and committing five turnovers against Syracuse.

''I made up my mind I couldn't let my guys down,'' Stith said. ''I took full responsibility. No points, five turnovers. I said, `Look, I apologize for how I played in the first half. I'm going to step it up in the second half. Let's do it.' That's exactly what we did and didn't look back.''

No apologies were needed after the game.

Stith scored all of his 18 points in the second half on 4-of-7 shooting from the field and 10-of-11 at the foul line, and Old Dominion rallied to stun No. 25 Syracuse 68-62.

It was Old Dominion's first win over a ranked team since beating VCU 73-67 in 2014 and the Monarchs' first road win over a ranked team since defeating Georgetown in 2006.

''Number one, (Stith) was self-aware because he was right,'' Old Dominion coach Jeff Jones said. ''In the second half, he wasn't trying to do his own thing. He stayed within the game plan. He got a couple of baskets and a couple of assists, found other guys and played stronger.''

Xavier Green had 15 points and Marquis Godwin added 11 for the Monarchs (8-3), who trailed by 13 points late in the first half and by 11 early in the second before rallying for their sixth straight victory.

''What this game showed is that we can play with, if not better, than any team in the country on any given day,'' Stith said. ''To come here into the (Carrier) Dome is a big-time win.''

Said Jones: ''I don't know what it will do for the program, but it's a certainly good win for our basketball team. Syracuse is a good team. A top 25 team. Doing it in this Carrier Dome. This program is a storied program.''

After Elijah Hughes made a 3-pointer to put the Orange (7-3) ahead 39-28, Old Dominion went on a 13-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Goodwin that tied it at 41 with 10:19 remaining.

''We made a couple of adjustments (in the second half) but it was more about the players' mentality, playing with toughness and being strong with the ball,'' Jones said. ''We stuck to the script a little bit better. We got the ball in some, it was hard to do, but we got it into the high post and were able to manufacture some baskets from there.''

Syracuse pulled back ahead and led 50-46, but a jumper by Godwin and a 3-pointer by Ahmad Carter put the Monarchs on top again. Syracuse went ahead 53-51 with 4:15 to go, but that was the Orange's last lead of the game.

Three foul shots by Stith and five straight points by Green extended the Monarchs to a 59-53 margin with under three minutes to go. Six points by Stith down the stretch sealed the upset.

Tyus Battle led Syracuse with 23 points on just 5-of-14 shooting. Hughes had 15. Oshae Brissett had just nine, going 3 of 11 from the field.

Syracuse shot just 33 percent from the field for the game and 8 of 22 from 3-point range.

For the Orange, the offensive struggles were familiar. But something new was added against the Monarchs: missed opportunities at the foul line. Syracuse missed 12 of 34 free throws.

''We're not making anything,'' Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. ''We missed so many key shots. Playing at home, you have to make those shots. You can't miss 12 free throws.''

Syracuse closed on a 12-3 run to take a 33-23 halftime lead. Battle, who scored 13 in the first 20 minutes, accounted for eight straight points during the run.

''We have to focus on every free throw,'' Brissett said. ''We're a good free-throw shooting team, but we just haven't been able to find it the last two games.''

BIG PICTURE

Old Dominion: The Monarchs are flying high. Six straight wins and a huge comeback at the Carrier Dome give Old Dominion momentum heading into its matchup with in-state rival Richmond.

Syracuse: Frank Howard isn't himself and Syracuse won't go far if its point guard doesn't contribute.

CENTER OF ATTENTION

Syracuse centers Paschal Chukwu and Bourama Sidibe accounted for zero points and seven rebounds.

GREEN WITH ENVY

ODU's Green entered the game hitting 38 percent from 3-point range. He was 3-of-4 Saturday.

DESPERATE TIMES

Syracuse will be desperate for a win over No. 14 Buffalo on Tuesday. A defeat would damage the Orange's NCAA Tournament chances.

UP NEXT

Old Dominion travels to Richmond Wednesday.

Syracuse hosts Buffalo on Tuesday.

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Key Players
A. Caver
4 G
O. Brissett
11 F
33.1 Min. Per Game 33.1
15.6 Pts. Per Game 15.6
2.1 Ast. Per Game 2.1
8.3 Reb. Per Game 8.3
38.7 Field Goal % 37.3
30.4 Three Point % 28.9
70.4 Free Throw % 68.9
  Offensive rebound by Marek Dolezaj 3.0
  Tyus Battle missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
  Offensive rebound by Syracuse 2.0
  Oshae Brissett missed 3-pt. jump shot 5.0
  Offensive rebound by Oshae Brissett 8.0
  Tyus Battle missed 3-pt. jump shot 10.0
+ 1 B.J. Stith made 2nd of 2 free throws 15.0
+ 1 B.J. Stith made 1st of 2 free throws 15.0
  Personal foul on Elijah Hughes 15.0
  Defensive rebound by B.J. Stith 16.0
  Frank Howard missed 3-pt. jump shot 18.0
Team Stats
Points 68 62
Field Goals 23-50 (46.0%) 16-48 (33.3%)
3-Pointers 9-26 (34.6%) 8-22 (36.4%)
Free Throws 13-20 (65.0%) 22-34 (64.7%)
Total Rebounds 38 33
Offensive 8 5
Defensive 25 22
Team 5 6
Assists 14 13
Steals 7 8
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 16 12
Fouls 25 17
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 10 REB, 2 AST
23 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Old Dominion 8-3 234568
home team logo 25 Syracuse 7-3 332962
Team Stats
away team logo Old Dominion 8-3 68.0 PPG 42.7 RPG 13.1 APG
home team logo 25 Syracuse 7-3 70.0 PPG 39.5 RPG 12.2 APG
Key Players
3
B. Stith G 18.1 PPG 7.6 RPG 1.1 APG 43.9 FG%
25
T. Battle G 17.2 PPG 3.2 RPG 2.6 APG 44.8 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Stith G 18 PTS 10 REB 2 AST
T. Battle G 23 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
46.0 FG% 33.3
34.6 3PT FG% 36.4
65.0 FT% 64.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Stith 18 10 2 4/10 0/4 10/11 4 38 1 0 6 0 10
X. Green 15 2 2 6/9 3/4 0/0 2 30 1 0 1 0 2
A. Caver 9 7 4 3/9 2/8 1/4 3 35 3 0 1 1 6
A. Carver 6 5 1 3/6 0/0 0/0 2 24 0 1 3 4 1
E. Robinson III 5 4 1 2/2 0/0 1/3 4 11 0 0 1 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Stith 18 10 2 4/10 0/4 10/11 4 38 1 0 6 0 10
X. Green 15 2 2 6/9 3/4 0/0 2 30 1 0 1 0 2
A. Caver 9 7 4 3/9 2/8 1/4 3 35 3 0 1 1 6
A. Carver 6 5 1 3/6 0/0 0/0 2 24 0 1 3 4 1
E. Robinson III 5 4 1 2/2 0/0 1/3 4 11 0 0 1 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Godwin 11 1 0 4/9 3/8 0/0 1 17 0 0 2 1 0
J. Wade 3 1 2 1/2 1/2 0/0 3 11 0 1 1 0 1
D. Dickens 1 2 1 0/3 0/0 1/2 3 17 1 0 0 1 1
J. Kithcart 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
K. Ezikpe 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 12 1 0 1 0 1
L. Brill - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Pilavios - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Reece - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Q. Harris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 68 33 14 23/50 9/26 13/20 25 200 7 2 16 8 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Battle 23 3 1 5/14 2/6 11/15 4 40 1 0 2 0 3
E. Hughes 15 4 3 4/9 2/4 5/6 3 35 2 0 2 0 4
F. Howard 9 1 6 2/7 2/5 3/5 2 32 1 0 3 0 1
O. Brissett 9 6 0 3/11 2/6 1/3 3 28 1 2 3 1 5
P. Chukwu 0 4 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 19 1 1 0 3 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Battle 23 3 1 5/14 2/6 11/15 4 40 1 0 2 0 3
E. Hughes 15 4 3 4/9 2/4 5/6 3 35 2 0 2 0 4
F. Howard 9 1 6 2/7 2/5 3/5 2 32 1 0 3 0 1
O. Brissett 9 6 0 3/11 2/6 1/3 3 28 1 2 3 1 5
P. Chukwu 0 4 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 19 1 1 0 3 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Carey 4 0 1 1/2 0/0 2/3 0 9 1 0 1 0 0
M. Dolezaj 2 6 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 21 1 0 0 1 5
B. Sidibe 0 3 0 0/0 0/0 0/2 1 13 0 1 1 0 3
B. Boeheim 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
A. Autry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Belbey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Feldman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Featherston - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Braswell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Paul - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Balandi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 62 27 13 16/48 8/22 22/34 17 200 8 4 12 5 22