B.J. Stith leads Old Dominion to decisive win over Richmond


B.J. Stith leads Old Dominion to decisive win over Richmond

NORFOLK, Va.  -- B.J. Stith had 21 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, Ahmad Caver added 14 points, six boards and 12 assists, and Old Dominion beat Richmond 79-60 on Wednesday night.

Richmond led 33-31 at halftime but Old Dominion opened the second half on a 20-0 run -- with six points from Caver and capped by Brandan Stith's 3-point play. The Monarchs outscored Richmond 48-27 in the second half.

Trey Porter and Randy Haynes each added 12 points for Old Dominion (6-3). Brandan Stith finished with 11 points and Porter set a career-high with six blocks.

Old Dominion entered allowing just 62.4 points per game, which ranks 29th in the country.

Solly Stansbury and Grant Golden scored 12 points apiece for Richmond (1-8). De'Monte Buckingham had 11 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Nolley, Hokies too much for USC Upstate in 80-57 win

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Nolley, Hokies too much for USC Upstate in 80-57 win

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Landers Nolley II scored 23 points to lift Virginia Tech to an 80-57 victory over USC Upstate on Wednesday.

Nolley connected on 8 of 14 from the floor to pace the Hokies (3-0), who shot 53.4% (31 of 58) and connected on 13 3-pointers. Jalen Cone added 11 points.

Everette Hammond led USC Upstate (1-3) with 15 points.

Virginia Tech trailed early in the game, falling behind 16-11, but the Hokies' Nahiem Alleyne hit baskets on back-to-back possessions, including a 3-pointer, and he sparked a 20-4 run that gave Virginia Tech the lead for good.

Four different Hokies hit 3-pointers in that run. The Hokies shot 51.9% (14 of 27) in the first half and led 38-24 at halftime.

The Spartans, who missed all 15 of their 3-point attempts in the first 20 minutes, cut the lead to nine on two occasions in the second half -- the final time coming on two free throws by Hammond with 11:18 remaining. But the Hokies then went on a 10-0 run and ended any hopes of a comeback.

USC Upstate made just 3-of-25 3-point attempts.


USC Upstate: The Spartans, whose roster consists of 12 freshmen and sophomores, would do well to shoot fewer 3-pointers. They came into the game shooting 28.9% from beyond the arc and then missed their first 17 3-pointers against the Hokies. They'll need better shot selection if they want to improve on their six-win total from last year.

Virginia Tech: Cone, a freshman played his best game, coming off the bench to score 11 points hitting three 3-pointers. He and the Hokies' other freshman guard, Hunter Cattoor, combined for 20 points. Virginia Tech doesn't have a deep bench and will need to get more from both players going forward.


USC Upstate: The Spartans returns to the court Monday at Akron.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies play at home against Lehigh on Saturday.


VCU fans bring out their best troll game as former head coach Will Wade visits with LSU

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VCU fans bring out their best troll game as former head coach Will Wade visits with LSU

Going to the Siegel Center for a VCU basketball game is an experience.

The Rams' fan base is arguably one of the rowdiest in the entire country. They're in your face, unrelenting, intense and most importantly loud. 

Fittingly, they match the spirit of their team on the court. 

Nobody perhaps knows that better than former VCU head coach Will Wade.

Wade, for the first time leading LSU, is on the opposite end of the VCU rowdiness. On Wednesday the No. 23 LSU Tigers traveled to Richmond, Virginia to face the Rams in a contest among undefeated teams.

And the fans did not hold back on their former coach.

As a part of Will Wade's buyout from VCU, Wade's new team is forced to schedule a home-and-home series with VCU. In his third season with the Tigers, this is the first contest of that agreement. 

Wade was the head coach of the Rams for two seasons, leading them to the NCAA Tournament both years. He also was a long-time assistant when Shaka Smart led the team during their Cinderella runs in the NCAA Tournament. 

The fans came well prepared but also stepped up their troll game to include Wade's FBI investigation. Wade was caught on an FBI wiretap using phrases such as “rookie minimum” and "strong-a** deal" to suggest the payment of then-recruit Javonte Smart. Wade was immediately suspended and missed LSU's run in the NCAA Tournament last year. He was reinstated before the start of this season. 

Continue bringing the havoc Rams' fans.