Old Dominion explodes in second half to rout UTSA, 84-59

The Old Dominion Monarchs shot 57.1 percent from the field in the second half Wednesday night, breaking from an intermission tie and routing the UTSA Roadrunners, 84-59.

In the game played on Old Dominion’s home court in Norfolk, Va., Monarchs guard A.J. Oliver produced a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Four other ODU players scored in double figures, including Xavier Green with 19, Malik Curry (15), Joe Reece (13) and Kalu Ezikpe (10).

Keaton Wallace led three UTSA players in double digits with 18 points. Jhivvan Jackson scored 14 and Jacob Germany 10.

The Roadrunners shot 27.3 percent in the second half and 32.8 percent for the game en route to their second-widest margin of defeat this season.

UTSA’s 25-point deficit was second only to a 32-point loss at Utah State on Nov. 18, in their fifth game.

Early in the second half, Old Dominion broke open the game with a 26-2 run. With the burst, the Monarchs opened a 66-41 lead.

Jackson, the NCAA’s second-leading scorer, was held out of the starting lineup because he was late to practice earlier this week.

He played 23 minutes and shot 5 of 11 from the floor.

With the performance, Jackson broke the school single-season record for field goals in a season (274).

Derrick Gervin had the old record of 272, set in 1984-85.

He also reached 2,004 points in his career to become the first player in school history to eclipse the 2,000 barrier.

Records

Old Dominion 13-17, 9-8
UTSA 13-17, 7-10

Coming up

Marshall at UTSA, Saturday, 3 p.m. It’s the regular-season finale for both teams. The Conference USA tournament is March 11-14 at Frisco.

Notable

The Monarchs hit 14 of their first 20 shots from the field in the second half to break the game open. Green, a 6-foot-6 junior, heated up considerably during the stretch. He made four in a row at one point.

Quotable

“We played zone. We played 2-3. We played 3-2. We played man. None of it worked in the second half. We didn’t compete hard enough, I guess.” — UTSA coach Steve Henson told the team’s radio broadcast.

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