RICHMOND, VA- ODU sophomore guards Aaron Bacote and Keenan Palmore each scored 13 points, but VCU (8-2) rallied to outscore the Monarchs 28-6 midway in the second half for a 69-48 non-conference win in the Siegel Center Sunday afternoon. ODU falls to 4-5 on the season.
In the first half, ODU led by as much as eight, 16-8 with 13:35 remaining after a Bacote layup. The Monarchs shot .469 (15-32) from the field thanks to eight points from Palmore and six points each from red-shirt juniors Richard Ross and Dimitri Batten, and freshman forward Denzell Taylor. ODU only trailed the Rams 21-19 in rebounding at the break.
The Monarchs finished the game shooting .375 (21-56) from the field and VCU shot .375 (27-32), but the Rams outrebounded ODU, 50-35, scoring 30 second chance points. The Monarchs also committed 21 turnovers to VCU's 14.