RICHMOND-ODU redishirt sophomore 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, ending a nine-game losing streak.The Monarchs (2-10) 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.
Besides Batten's 23 where he was 9-for-13 from the field and 5-for-9 from beyond the arc, freshman Aaron Bacote added 17 points with six rebounds and four assists, senior Donte Hill added 12 points with three assists and senior DeShawn Painter scored his third double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
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.
Donte Hill made a free throw at the other end and when the Cavaliers pushed the ball upcourt, it glanced off Joe Harris' hands and the upset was complete. Old Dominion trailed 34-24 when Bacote, who finished with 17 points, scored to spark the 21-4 burst. Then Batten took over. He hit a 3-pointer, a basket in the lane and another 3-pointer, tying the game at 34 with 12:19 to play and riling up the sizeable Monarchs contingent.
Paul Jesperson's 3-pointer gave the Cavaliers the lead back, but junior Donte Hill hit a pair of free throws for Painter followed a Virginia free throw with a basket inside for the Monarchs and Batten added two more 3-pointers, giving Old Dominion a 44-38 lead with 8:20 to play.
The lead got as high as nine points, at 50-41, before Virginia slowly crept back, finally getting to 57-54 on Evan Nolte's 3-pointer with 33.6 seconds left. A free throw by Painter made it 58-54, and Nolte's three-point play off a rebound made it a one-point game. But Old Dominion made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 21 seconds to hold on for the win.
Virginia led 25-20 at the break and opened the second half on a 9-4 run. When Harris' 3-pointer fell with 14:24 left to make it 34-24, it seemed likely that the Cavaliers had made adjustments at halftime and were poised to pull away. Old Dominion led 12-9 early before Virginia used a 14-2 run to go ahead 23-14.
ODU held UVA to .396(21-53) shooting from the field, while the Monarchs shot .385 (20-52). The Monarchs again outrebounded an opponent, 39-32 and only committed seven turnovers.The Monarchs played shorthanded without red-shirt senior co-captain Nick Wright who has been ill and freshman guard Keenan Palmore suffered a concussion in the College of Charleston game.
The Monarchs last beat a team from the ACC in Nov. of 2010 with a 61-60 decision over Clemson in the semifinals of the Paradise Jam Tournament in St. Thomas, VI. The Monarchs break for Christmas and return home to play Fairfield on Dec. 29th at the Constant Center.