Dec. 22, 2004
Norfolk, Va.(AP) - Valdas Vasylius scored two fast-break layups during a 14-5 run midway through the second half as Old Dominion broke open a tight game and held on to beat Saint Joseph's 66-62 Wednesday night.
After Chet Stachitas hit a 3-pointer for SJU to tie the game at 41, Brandon Johnson scored from behind the arc to start the run and put the Monarchs ahead for good with 13:46 remaining.
Old Dominion (11-1) stretched the lead to 55-46 on Drew Williamson's layup with 7:45 left. Saint Joseph's (3-4) twice cut the margin to three, the last time on a Stachitas layup with four seconds left, but Kiah Thomas hit one of two free-throw attempts to seal the victory.
Turnovers were the Hawks downfall, with a total of 23 in the game, and many of them unforced, while point guard Dwayne Lee struggled with six.
"The number that jumps out is the 23 turnovers against a half-court defensive team. You can't have 23 turnovers," said a dismayed Hawk coach Phil Martelli. "It's just one thing after another. Some days it's the shooting. Some days it's the offense. Tonight it's the turnovers. You can't fix all the holes."
The Hawks did have one of their better shooting games of the year, hitting 51 percent, including 59 percent in the second half. They only went to the foul line six times, but outrebounded the Monarchs, 31-22.
Isaiah Hunter led Old Dominion with 18 points. Arnaud Dahi scored 17 and Vasylius 12.
Stachitas scored 19 points in a gutty effort while playing with an ankle that was not fully-healed. The junior had suffered a high ankle sprain in the Hawks' loss at San Francisco on Dec. 11. Pat Carroll added 17 for the Hawks and Dwayne Jones had 11 points and 16 rebounds.
The Hawks take a short break for Christmas and return to action on Tuesday, December 28 at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse to face Bucknell. Game time is 7 p.m.