ODU hopes to reverse trend of slow starts to games


NORFOLK (WAVY) — After splitting their two games down in Florida last week, Old Dominion returns home for a two game home stand with Lousiana Tech tomorrow night and then Southern Miss on Saturday.

After winning eight-straight, the Monarchs have been going back and forth, winning one and losing one.

A return to the Ted Constant Center is just what ODU needed.

“I’m always glad to be back here, two more big games,” coach Jeff Jones said. “Thursday night against a very good Louisiana Tech team that’s playing well, and thus far they haven’t found the secret to winning on the road, hopefully we can keep that streak going for them.”

Old Dominion has been playing well at home so far this year, outscoring teams by almost 13 points per game, and holding them to just 57 points per game.

But the Monarchs never seem to play well at the start of the game. They had to rally from double-digit deficits to defeat VCU, Syracuse and Western Kentucky. The teams knows they need to get out of the gates a little quicker.

“Last year, two years ago we were a bad team coming out of halftime,” senior B.J. Stith said. “This year we are a bad team starting the game off. Different teams have different challenges and different struggles that they have to deal with and fix, just so happens slow starts is one of ours. Coach jones is working his magic coaching us up so we will be better in that area. But again we’re learning.”

Tip-off for Thursday’s game against La. Tech is 7:00, Saturday’s game against Southern Mississippi starts at 4:00.

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