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Old Dominion 86, Georgia Southern 69

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NORFOLK, Va. -- Freshman guard Jordan Baker made four of Old Dominion's eight first-half 3-pointers as the Monarchs shot lights-out in the opening 20 minutes and raced past Georgia Southern 86-69 in a college basketball game Saturday at Constant Center.

With his team trailing 9-4, Baker connected on three of the Monarchs' five consecutive 3-pointers during a 23-4 run that broke things open. Baker, who came in averaging 6.0 points per game, scored 16 of his career-high 17 points in the first half and made all four of his 3-point shots before the break.

Old Dominion shot 61.5 percent from the field in the first half and made 8 of 12 3-pointers. The Monarchs finished the game shooting 51.9 percent (27 of 52).

The Monarchs led 47-33 at halftime and maintained a double-digit advantage throughout the final 20 minutes to win their fourth straight -- all at home -- since a season-opening overtime loss to Missouri State.

The Eagles fell to 2-3 and 0-3 against Division I teams.

As expected, the high-scoring guard tandem of Tre Bussey and Jelani Hewitt supplied most of Georgia Southern's offense. The two combined for 51 of the Eagles' 69 points, with Bussey scoring 28 and Hewitt adding 23.

Bussey and Hewitt each came in averaging 22.5 points per game. No other Eagle averages in double figures.

The Eagles shot just 35.1 percent from the field.

Guard Aaron Bacote scored 28 points and guard Dimitri Batten added 13 for Old Dominion, which will play its first game away from home on Tuesday against West Virginia in the Cancun Challenge in Mexico.

NOTES: Georgia Southern came in averaging 90.5 points per game and had twice cracked the 100-point barrier. ... Bussey and Hewitt each averaged a Southern Conference-leading 22.5 points through four games. ... The game served as a homecoming for Georgia Southern assistant Randy Peele, a Norfolk native. Also, Eagles coach Mark Byington hails from Salem, Va.
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