MURFREESBORO, TN- ODU's Dimitri Batten scored 14, Aaron Bacote 13 and Richard Ross added 11 points, but the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee defeated the Monarchs, 64-48 Saturday night at the Murphy Center led by Shawn Jones with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
MTSU led 29-24 at halftime, but the Monarchs rallied to cut the lead to one at 33-32 with 16:18 left in the game on a layup by Dimitri Batten. Shawn Jones then answered with a basket for a 35-32 lead. MTSU would then outscore the Monarchs on an 8-1 run for a 43-33 lead with 12:56 left to go after a Neiko Hunter jumper.
The Monarchs got it down to six at 43-37 on a Batten jumper, but would get no closer. ODU shot .333 (16-48) from the field, while MTSU was .512 (22-43). Jones led the Blue Raiders with 9-for-11 shooting from the field. The Monarchs outrebounded MTSU, 34-31 as freshman Denzell Taylor led with eight, while Jones led MTSU with 10.