NORFOLK, Va. -- Old Dominion shook off early turnover problems and an injury to its second-leading scorer to sprint past Texas-San Antonio 69-61 on Thursday night at the Constant Center.
The Roadrunners led 25-24 at the half and increased their lead to three on a jumper by guard Keon Lewis with 19:27 left.
After Old Dominion guard Damon Bacote answered with a 3-pointer, Monarchs starting guard Dimitri Batten left the game with an left shoulder injury. Old Dominion promptly scored the next 12 points to open a 39-27 advantage.
Batten, who did not return, came in averaging 12.0 points per game, second behind Bacote (16.8 ppg) on the team.
The Roadrunners went on to trail by as many as 16 points and got no closer than six the rest of the way.
Bacote scored all but three of his game-high 22 points in the second half to help Old Dominion (11-12, 5-3 Conference USA) snap a two-game losing streak. Guard Keenan Palmore added 16 points and guard Jordan Baker chipped in 13 for Old Dominion.
Forward Edrico McGregor scored 12 points to lead three players in double figures for UTSA (7-14, 3-5), which lost for the fourth time in five games.
As has often been the case at home this season, Old Dominion started quickly and built a nine-point lead on a 3-pointer by guard Ambrose Mosley. UTSA controlled the rest of the half, though, outscoring the Monarchs 14-4 in the final 6:45.
A jumper by guard James Williams pulled the Roadrunners within a point with just over two minutes to play and two Williams free throws with 1:15 left gave UTSA its first lead at 25-24.
Williams scored eight first-half points to lead the Roadrunners, who took the one-point edge into the break despite shooting just 32.1 percent from the field.
Forward Richard Ross scored five points to pace the Monarchs, who made only 37 percent of their shots from the floor and committed nine turnovers.
NOTES: UTSA prevailed 79-70 last season at the Constant Center in the only previous meeting between the teams, both newcomers to Conference USA. ... The Roadrunners came in with a 1-7 road record and had lost four straight away from home. ... Old Dominion's seldom-used senior center Anton Larsen scored his first points of the season on a jump hook midway through the first half. The 7-foot Larsen, a native of Denmark, had appeared in just three of the Monarchs' first 22 games for a total of 17 minutes.