ODU Beats No. 14 VCU 72-67
The ODU Monarchs stunned No. 14 VCU Rams 72-67 in front of a sold out frenzy crowd at the Ted Constant Center in Norfolk, VA. ODU guard Aaron Bacote had 31 points while shooting a mesmerizing 100 percent from the field, 4-4 from behind the arch and 11-13 from the foul line.
“I just wanted one to drop,” said Bacote. “I’ve been in a slump and it’s no secret. My coaches didn’t give up on me and well as my teammates. The first one fell and acted like it wanted to come out and then the second shot fell.”
ODU guard Trey Freeman chipped in with 15 points while VCU guard Treveon Graham led the Rams with 29 points.
It was ODU’s first win over a ranked team since beating No. 11 Georgetown in 2009-2010. Second year coach Jeff Jones has his team playing inspired basketball with a 4-1 record with wins over Richmond, LSU and now nationally ranked VCU.
“For most of the game we wanted to be aggressive and smart at the same time,” explained Coach Jones. “I thought are defensive was really, good but our offense contributed to our defensive effort. And like Coach Richardson would say, when they are coming down hill, VCU is a handful so our goal was to slow them down and take good shots.”
VCU’s “havoc” defense was picked nicely by the guard play of Bacote, Baker and Freeman. It appears that ODU’s defense was created havoc shutting down VCU’s potent offense to 18 first half points.
“We just didn’t get great ball movement, and I credit ODU and their coaching staff executing an impeccable game plan,” said Coach Smart. “We did a great job on slowing down Trey Freeman, who is a terrific player but Bacote’s points obvious were a huge difference.”
ODU Power Forward Richard Ross had 4 block shots and 12 rebounds.
ODU Jonathan Arledge scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.