Xavier Green’s career game lifts ODU past Western Kentucky

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NORFOLK (WAVY) — Xavier Green had a career-high 22 points as Old Dominion narrowly beat Western Kentucky 67-63 on Saturday.

Green, from Williamsburg, hit 6 of 9 3-pointers. His 3-pointer tied the game at 63 heading to the final minute. After a blocked shot by ODU’s Dajour Dickens, Green hit the go-ahead jumper with 16 seconds to go.

“I feel like grew up a little bit,” Green said. “I don’t know last year if I would have taken those shots.”

“I think he’s playing well, he’s playing with confidence,” coach Jeff Jones said. “He’s got a lot of talent so there’s a very high ceiling for him.”

B.J. Stith had 18 points for Old Dominion (22-6, 12-3 Conference USA), which earned its sixth consecutive win and has won 11 of 12 to remain in first place in the conference. Ahmad Caver added 13 points. Jason Wade had six rebounds for the home team.

Western Kentucky put up 21 points in the first half, a season low, and trailed 26-21 at the break.

Old Dominion plays at UTSA on Thursday. A UTSA team that rallied from 18 points down with 3 minutes to go to stun the Monarchs last month.

If ODU wins at UTSA on Thursday, it would clinch the regular season conference title. Regular season conference champions get an automatic bid to the NIT if they don’t win the conference tournament.

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