NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka Smart calls Troy Daniels the best shooter he's ever seen, and his senior gave everybody else at the Constant Center a demonstration against Old Dominion on Friday night.

Daniels tied a school record with eight 3-pointers and scored a career-best 24 points, leading VCU to an 83-70 victory.

Daniels made six 3s by halftime and said his mindset was no different than any other night.

"Every night I think the shot is going in," he said. "It just happened to go in a lot tonight."

Daniels finished 8 for 13 from 3-point range, tying Bo Jones' Rams' record for 3s in a game, set in 1999.

"If teams want to play zone against us, he's going to get open," Smart said of Daniels, who did his scoring in just 26 minutes. "If he gets 13 good looks from 3 every game, we'll take it. He's our guy."

Treveon Graham added 23 points for the Rams (6-3), who dominated for much of the night until the Monarchs closed within 65-53 with eight minutes left. But Rob Brandenberg scored on a drive for VCU with the shot clock winding down, and when teammate Briante Weber tapped a steal into the open court moments later, Brandenberg chased it down, slipped into the left corner and made the Rams' 11th and final 3-pointer to push the lead back up to 17.

"Briante made a great save," Brandenberg said of Weber's heads-up play to keep the ball from going out of bounds.

DeShawn Painter, a transfer from North Carolina State, led the Monarchs with 26 points and 10 rebounds and Donte Hill had 13 points, but Old Dominion (1-8) lost its seventh in a row, and fifth at home, leaving head coach Blaine Taylor shaking his head.

"We showed our guys film ad nauseam about the fact that he's going to shoot 3s," Taylor said of Daniels. "It's like they just don't believe the film that we watched. It's like we showed them some fiction movie."

The Monarchs trailed by 20 on several occasions, but used a 10-3 run to get within 65-53 with just more than eight minutes left. After a media timeout, Brandenberg's drive and 3-pointer and a pair of free throws by Graham rebuilt the margin to 19 with six minutes to go and the Monarchs were finished.

The game was Painter's best by far since he arrived, but his career highs were of little consolation, he said.

"That performance was very good, but without winning, it didn't feel good," he said.

The game matched longtime Colonial Athletic Association rivals, both of whom opted to leave the league after last season. The Rams' departure for the Atlantic 10 took effect before the season began, and Old Dominion is playing one last season in the CAA before moving to Conference USA next school year.

Daniels, who hadn't scored more than 12 points this season and had never made more than five 3-pointers, had 18 points by halftime and was in danger of outscoring the Monarchs until late in the first half. When he hit his sixth from behind the arc, it gave the Rams a 37-21 lead 2:48 before halftime.

The Monarchs closed to 43-30 at the break, but Daniels hit another 3 early in the second half as the Rams outscored the Monarchs 13-6 to begin the half, and ODU never really threatened again.

The Rams led throughout the first half after a 22-4 run that featured three of Daniels' 3-pointers and nine points from Graham. Painter ended the dry spell for Old Dominion with a reverse layup, and with the Rams in foul trouble, the Monarchs outscored VCU 18-16 to close out the first half.

Painter had 11 of the points, and capped the half with a 3-pointer from the top of the key.


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