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Men's Basketball Hits the Road to Face American

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: February 06, 2001
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Wednesday, Feb. 7th, 2001
Bender Arena
ESPN 1310 Radio 7:00 p.m.

The Monarchs: Overall:10-12 Home:8-3: Away:1-7 CAA:5-4 Neutral:1-2

LAST GAME: The Monarchs defeated East Carolina, 65-63 on Jan. 30th. Andre McCullum led with 13 points and 12 rebounds, his third straight double-double. He became the 37th Monarch to break the 1,000 career point mark. McCullum now has 1,012 career points which ranks him 34th, just five behind Cal Bowdler ('99). Ricardo Marsh scored ten and Clifton Jones hauled in 13 rebounds. ODU committed only ten turnovers and outrebounded ECU, 45-39.

JEFF CAPEL-HEAD COACH:(Fayetteville State '77), is in his seventh year at the helm of the Monarchs. He is 198-156 in his12th season and 119-91 at Old Dominion. Capel was the1995 CAA and NABC District IV Coach of the Year. In 1997 he was named Virginia College Coach of the Year. He won his 100th collegiate victory in the Monarchs 89-81 triple overtime win over ninth ranked Villanova in the 1995 NCAA Tournament. Capel was 16-14 in 1994 at NCA&T, losing in the NCAA first round to Arkansas. He compiled a 63-51 mark at his alma mater, Fayetteville State, taking the Broncos to the NCAA Div. II regionals in 1993. Capel was inducted into the Fayetteville State University Hall of Fame in 1999. His Monarch teams have reached the CAA finals three times, winning twice.

MONARCH PROBABLES
F 04 Andre McCullum, 6-6, 210,Sr., Whiteville, NC      12.7ppg/ 5.0 rpg
F 21 Ricardo Marsh, 6-7, 215, So., Mebane, NC.         9.0ppg/ 4.7 rpg
C 34 Clifton Jones, 6-7, 225, Sr, Pleasantville, NJ.   7.4 ppg/ 9.0 rpg
G 12 Pierre Greene, 6-2, 180, Jr, Chicago, ILL.        13.5ppg/  3.7 apg
G 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 190, So, Greensboro, NC.     9.7ppg/ 4.3 rpg
G 23 Michael Williams, 6-0, 170, Sr, Thomasville, Ga.  5.8ppg/ 2.2 rpg

TOP SUBSTITUTES G 23 Michael Williams, 6-0, 170, Sr, Thomasville, Ga. 5.8ppg/ 2.1 rpg G 13 Troy Nance, 5-9, 170, Fr, Va. Beach, Va. 3.5 ppg/4.0 apg C 41 Joe Principe, 6-9, 220, Fr., Gladstone, Mo. 2.2ppg/ 1.9 rpg C 30 Charles Dunnington, 6-10, 215, Fr., Washington, DC 1.2 ppg/1.4 rpg G 15 Heath Burris, 6-4, 185, Sr, Va. Beach, Va. 4.0ppg/ 0.6 rpg G 10 John Waller, 6-4, 180, Fr, Richmond, Va. 3.5 ppg/1.2 rpg

CAA TO EXPAND
The Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner Tom Yeager announced on Dec. 13 that the University of Delaware(Newark, De.), Drexel University (Philadelphia, Pa.), Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY.) and TowsonUniversity (Baltimore, Md.)will join the conference effective July 1, 2003.

RECORD AT FIELDHOUSE: (5-0)
3-2 in 1999-00
102-11 (since1970-71)

Best Record:
14-0 in 1974-75 & 11-0 in 1976-77

RECORD AT SCOPE: 3-3
218-90 since 1971-72
5-3 in 1999-00

Best Record:
9-0 in 1992-93
13-1 in 1979-80 and 1983-84
10-1 in 1994-95

CAREER HIGHS THIS YEAR
Rasheed Wright      20 vs. Dayton           11 rebounds vs Gardner-Webb
Troy Nance          11 points vs.  NC St.   11 assists vs. N.C.State
Charles Dunnington  6 pts vs. G.Webb        6 rebs vs. Gardner-Webb
Joe Principe        6 pts vs. G.Webb & NSU  6 rebs vs. Gardner-Webb
John Waller         12 vs. AU Puerto Rico
A. Themistocleous   7 pts vs. Stanford      3 rebs vs. Stanford
Heath Burris        15 pts vs. Kansas St.
Ricardo Marsh       10 rebounds vs. VMI
Pierre Greene       25 points vs. AU
Clifton Jones       19 points vs. VCU(ties) 16 rebounds vs.Norfolk St.
Clay McGowen        4 points vs. JMU 
Andre McCullum      29 vs. W&M & Norfolk St.
ABOUT OLD DOMINION
ODU is a state school located in Norfolk, Va. The University was founded in 1930 as the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary...the name Old Dominion is the nickname of the State of Virginia.

SCHOOL OF CHAMPIONS: Old Dominion's Field Hockey squad captured their ninth NCAA title with a 3-1 win over North Carolina. Led by four-time CAA Player of the Year Marina DiGiacomo who scored an NCAA record 167 career goals and 414 career points. DiGiacomo also was named the Honda Award winner for that sport, Old Dominion's fifth field hockey player to do so. The University athletic teams have won 28 National Titles (24 teams titles, Sailing 11, Field Hockey 9, Women's basketball 3, Men's Basketball 1)...Three wrestling individual NCAA titles (Div. II) and one Women's Individual Tennis title.

CAA TOURNAMENT This year's CAA Tournament will be March 3-5 at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va. The finals will be live on Monday night, March 5 on ESPN2.

FIELDHOUSE FLOOR PROJECT: Log onto GOTOBUTTON BM_1_ www.oducourt.com for information on how to purchase your very own bit of Old Dominion basketball history in the form of an authentic piece of the original fieldhouse floor. Instructions and order forms can be found for plaques featuring an authentic piece of the floor. You may also call 1-800-968-9697. Prices range from $42-$130 and all proceeds benefit athletic scholarships at Old Dominion.

CAPEL CALL IN RADIO SHOW
Jeff's weekly call-in radio show is Thursday from 5-6 on ESPN 1310 Radio.

CAA WEEKLY TELECONFERENCE CALL
All nine of the men's head coaches are available on the weekly CAA teleconference every Tuesday from 10:30 am to 12:10 p.m. Jeff Capel is on at 11 a.m. Call 877-630-8221.

MONARCH ALUMNI
Cal Bowdler ('99) Atlanta- 0.9 ppg/ 0.9 rpg in 12 games. (averaged 2.7 ppg/1.8 rpg.. Last year...) Chris Gatling ('91) Traded to Cleveland during the off-season...He is averaging 12.2 Ppg and 5.6 rpg thus far this season....He scored a career high 38 points vs. Sacramento on Jan. 10 of this year....Played in the NBA All-Star game in 1997. Odell Hodge is in Belgium, Petey Sessoms is in Poland...Mark Poag is in Spain and Reggie Bassette is in Greece. Skipper Youngblood is in the Czech Republic. Dave Twardzik is an assistant with the Detroit Pistons. Mark West has retired after 17 yrs.

NEXT GAME: ODU travels to UNC Wilmington on Saturday at 7 p.m.

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