Old Dominion upsets Georgetown
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Valdas Vasylius tallied 16 points and Old
Dominion ended one streak while adding another Big East notch in its belt with
a 75-62 upset over eighth-ranked Georgetown.
The Monarchs snapped Georgetown’s 24-year winning streak at tiny McDonough
Arena — an on-campus gymnasium rarely used by the Hoyas. Their last loss at
the noisy gym was on January 20, 1982 versus Connecticut.
Old Dominion (4-1) also collected its first victory over a ranked team since
knocking the Villanova Wildcats out of the NCAA Tournament in 1995.
Arnaud Dahi had 15 points and Brandon Johnson collected 14 in the victory, the
Monarchs first over a ranked team in their last eight tries.
Six second-half three-pointers — nine total for the game — for the Monarchs
coupled with a Georgetown offensive cold streak spelled doom for the Hoyas.
Roy Hibbert, a talented big man who was a major part of Georgetown’s NCAA
Tournament run last season, led all scorers with 17 points and Jessie Sapp
totaled 16 points.
Jeff Green, another key cog for Georgetown (2-1) a season ago, was held to
only two points on 1-of-3 shooting before fouling out late in the second half.
Georgetown held a four-point lead at the break, but ran into a large problem
in the second half.
The Monarchs didn’t miss from long distance.
And when they rarely did, they corralled the offensive rebound, holding a 15-7
edge in the category despite a significant height disadvantage going up
against Hibbert and Green.
Back-to-back baskets from Hibbert gave the Hoyas a 42-34 lead early in the
second half, before the Monarchs started raining three-pointers during a game-
changing 13-0 run.
Jonathan Adams, Johnson and Dahi buried three-pointers in the spurt that gave
Old Dominion a 50-44 edge. Dahi drained another long-distance jumper — fading
backward with a defender right on top of him — to signal it just wasn’t
Old Dominion cruised to victory from there.
A sluggish start from the floor was offset by Old Dominion’s success on the
offensive glass. The Monarchs held a 10-2 edge on the offensive boards in the
first half, keeping them in the game despite poor shooting.
Old Dominion leads the all-time series 2-1…McDonough Arena sits just 2,500
fans…Green had averaged 18 points per game so far this season…The Hoyas
will play another game in the small arena against Winston-Salem State in