Old Dominion Monarchs Show Three Weaknesses in Loss to Fairfield Stags
In Old Dominion’s struggling start to their final season in the Colonial Athletic Association, the Monarchs have struggled maintaining consistency on offense, protecting the rim and paint on defense and keeping composure in close games.
When ODU defeated the Virginia Cavaliers a week earlier in the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic, they looked to be moving past their issues. But, unfortunately for head coach Blaine Taylor, the Monarchs, now 2-11, showed regression this Saturday in their 54-55 loss to the Fairfield Stags.
Offensively, Old Dominion suffered 14 turnovers while only dishing out 12 assists as a team. Defensively, the team yielded 10 offensive rebounds and 51.4 percent shooting from inside the three-point arc. Lastly, late in the second half, the Monarchs held a 10-point lead over their visitors, and still couldn’t manage to secure the victory.
To their credit, the Old Dominion did out-rebound the Fairfield 33-23 and received a very hard-fought, 16-point and 11-rebound double double from DeShawn Painter.
But, this team, who have yet to win back-to-back games, will need to develop much better overall consistency if they want to compete in their final stint in the CAA. However, their hopes for an at-large bit is long gone.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.