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Monarchs Host VCU Saturday Night

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Release: January 31, 2003
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Jan. 31, 2003

OLD DOMINION MONARCHS VS VA. COMMONWEALTH RAMS
Saturday, February 1, 2003, 7:00 p.m. Ted Constant Convocation Ctr.

ABOUT THE MONARCHS: (9-8/6-3)
* Defeated Drexel, 72-69 Wednesday
* Rasheed Wright 20 pts/ Ricardo Marsh 16 points and 9 boards
* John Waller hits game winner at buzzer.
* Defeated last Saturday JMU, 74-56.
* Ricardo Marsh led with 24 pts/ 6 rebs.
* JMU committed 21 turnovers
* ODU has won three straight & 7 of last 10
* ODU was 13-16 last season.

HEAD COACH: Blaine Taylor (Montana '81) * Top Assistant at Stanford the last three years * 142-65 at Montana (1991-1998) - five 20+ win seasons. * 397-172 in 19 years as an assistant and head coach * 1992 Montana team was 27-4 * 1992 National Rookie Coach of the Year * 1992 Big Sky Coach of the Year

MONARCH PROBABLES F 21 Ricardo Marsh, 6-8, 240, Sr., Mebane, NC. 18.4ppg/ 8.4 rpg F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 210, Sr., Greensboro, NC. 15.6 ppg/5.5 rpg C 40 Alex Loughton, 6-9, 235, Fr., Perth Australia 8.4 ppg/6.0 rpg G 10 John Waller, 6-4, 185, Jr. Richmond, VA. 8.1 ppg/ 4.5 rpg G 13 Troy Nance, 5-10, 175, Jr., Va. Beach, Va. 3.7 ppg/ 4.8 apg

TOP SUBSTITUTES G 1 Isaiah Hunter, 6-2, 160, Fr, Charlotte, NC. 6.7 ppg/ 2.6 rpg G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, 190, So., Norfolk, VA. 2.8 ppg/ 1.5 rpg G 3 John Morris, 6-1, Fr., Camp Hill, PA. 2.0 ppg/ 0.9 rpg C 55 Janko Mrksic, 6-10, 270, Fr., Ontario, Canada 1.1 ppg/ 1.7 rpg F 4 T.J. Waldon, 6-4, 214, Lakeland, FL. 3.0 ppg/ 3.0 rpg

THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY Feb. 1, 1992, All-CAARicardo Leonard hits 17 of 20 free throws (2nd most in ODU history) to lead the Monarchs to a 102-92 overtime win over William and Mary.

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS Larry Rose, Bill Humes, Terry Nobles

PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS: Jan. 21. Ricardo Marsh shares the honor with UNCW's Craig Callahan. Marsh averaged 28.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals during the week against Delaware and Hofstra. He scored a career high 30 points vs Delaware and 27 vs. Hofstra.

Jan. 14, Senior Rasheed Wright who averaged 17.5 points , 5.5 rebounds, and 2.5 Steals in ODU's victories over UNC Wilmington and William and Mary was named CAA Player of the Week.

A ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONORS: Jan. 27th, freshman Isaiah Hunter averaged 12 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.5 Assists in ODU's wins over GMU and JMU. He scored a career high 17 against the Patriots.

Nov. 25th, freshman Alex Loughton who grabbed eight rebounds and scored 13 points against North Carolina, was named CAA Rookie of the Week.

CAA GAMES TODAY: Drexel at UNC Wilmington Noon Towson at George Mason 7:00 Hofstra at James Madison 7:00 William and Mary at Delaware 7:00

SERIES VS. VCU ODU Leads: 32-31

First Meeting: 1968-69, ODU wins, 101-69 Last Meeting: Jan. 4, 2003 in Richmond, VA. Jan. 4, 2003, VCU 73, ODU 64 The Rams had five players in double figures led by Dominic Jones led with 19 points, and nine rebounds. Emanuel Mathis added 14 points and Antoine Willie came off the bench to scored 10. ODU was led by Rasheed Wright with 16 points, while Ricardo Marsh scored 13 and hauled in 14 rebounds. John Waller scored 11 with six boards. VCU shot .491 from the floor, while ODU shot.371. ODU outrebounded the Rams, 40-38. Both teams committed only 13 turnovers.

COMPARING STATS ODU VCU Scoring 68.6 73.6 FG% .410 .444 3PT % .326 .362 FT% .728 .701 REBS 38.0 39.0 Scoring Def. 64.6 69.3

MONARCHS VS. CAA TEAMS Delaware 3-2 Drexel 2-1 George Mason 25-8 Hofstra 2-2 James Madison 38-21 Towson 9-1 VCU 32-31 UNC Wilmington 16-15 William & Mary 48-12

CAA MARGINS Five of ODU's six CAA wins have won by ten or more. In ODU's three CAA losses, ODU has lost by 9, 4 and 1.

MONARCHS SIGN ONE IN EARLY PERIOD ODU signed Valdas Vasylius from nearby Norfolk Collegiate High School. He is a 6-7, 215-pounder originally from Klaipeda, Lithuania. (19.6 ppg/12.2 rpg)

LAST TIME ODU DID THIS Scored 90 or more points: 103-69 in 1998-99 vs. VMI Scored 100 or more points: same as above Won by 20 or more points: 20, 82-62 vs. Maryland- Eastern Shore, 12-14-02 Lost by 20 or more: 25, Dec. 2001, to Memphis, 91-66 Gave up 90 or more points: 91 by Memphis, 2001-02 Won an overtime game: March 3, 2001 vs. William & Mary in CAA Trn. Shot 60 percent or better from the floor: .617(29-47) vs. George Mason Feb. 21,01 Shot 50 percent of better from the floor: (28-56).500 vs. UMES, 12-14-02 Shot less than 30 percent from the floor:293(17-58) vs. St. Joseph's, 12-01-02 Shot less than 50 percent from the free throw line: .480(12-25) vs. VCU Jan. 4, 03 Shot 90% or better from the line: Dec. 28, 2002(.905) 19-21, at GW Blocked 10 or more shots: 16 vs. American, Jan. 16, 1999 Had 10 or more shots blocked: 10 by Richmond, Mar 4, 2000.CAA Trn. Committed 20 or more turnovers: 22 at Towson, Jan. 14, 2002 Committed 10 or less turnovers: 9 vs Delaware, Jan. 15, 2003 ODU won four our more games on the road: 1998-99(7-5 + 5-2 in neutral games).

LAST TIME AN ODU INDIVIDUAL DID THIS Scored 30 or points: Ricardo Marsh, 30 vs. Delaware, Jan. 15, 03. Grabbed 10 or more rebounds: 12 by Marsh vs. GW, 12-28-02 Grabbed 15 or more rebounds: 23 by Clifton Jones, vs. UNCW Feb. , 2001 Had 10 or more assists:11, by Troy Nance vs. Delaware, Jan. 15, 03. Performed the double-double: Ricardo Marsh at GW (25/12) 12-28-02 Two or more players with double-double:P.Greene & Marsh vs. JMU 2002 Performed the triple-double: Mark West, Feb. 17, 1982 vs. W&M (14 pts,11 rebs,10 Blocks)

TED CONSTANT CONVOCATION HIGHLIGHTS First Basket: 19:16 Ricardo Marsh dunk vs. UNC First Trey: 16:25 by Jawad Williams of UNC First ODU Trey: 15:00 by John Waller First Free Throw Made: 14:39 by Sean May of UNC First ODU Free Throw Made: 14:22 by Rasheed Wright Most Points: 30, by Ricardo Marsh vs. Delaware, Jan. 15, 03. Most Points by an Opp: 21 by Tee Trotter(UMES), 12-14-02 Most Field Goals Made: 12 by Ricardo Marsh vs. Delaware, Jan. 15, 2003. Most Rebounds: 11 by Ricardo Marsh vs. ECU & vs. W&M Most Opp. Rebounds: 12, by Erroyl Bing of ECU Most OPP Treys: 6, by Brooks Hall (6-12) of Dayton, 12-20-02 Most .Treys: 3, by Rasheed Wright vs. UNC (11-24-02), Dayton (12-20-02) & W&M (01-11-03); John Waller vs. W&M.. Most Free Throws: 9-11, by Rasheed Wright vs. W&M (1-11-03) & (9-9) vs JMU, Jan. 25, 03. Best Free Throw PCT: 1000 (9-9) by Rasheed Wright vs JMU (1-25-03) & (6-6) by Isaiah Hunter vs. UMES(12-14-02) Best Opp FT PCT: 1000 (6-6) by Keith Waleskowski of Dayton(12-20-02) Most Assists: Mike Slattery of Delaware (Jan. 15, 03). Most ODU Assists: 11 by Troy Nance vs. Delaware, (Jan. 15, 03) Most ODU Steals: 3, by Rasheed Wright vs. Campbell, & Ricardo Marsh vs. Dayton (12-20-02). Best ODU Field Goal %: .531 vs. Campbell Best OPP. Field Goal %: .509 by ECU Best ODU Free Throw %: ...771 (27-35) vs. W&M (1-11-03) Best OPP Free Throw %: 100 (9-9) by Towson (Jan. 2, 03) Best 3PT %: .7-16 .438 vs. W&M (1-11-03) Best OPP 3PT %: .429 (9-21) by Delaware, Jan. 15, 03. Most ODU Rebounds: 50 vs. Delaware, Jan. 15, 03. Most OPP Rebounds: 36 by Delaware, Jan. 15, 03. Most ODU Assists: 20 vs. UMES (12-14-02) Most OPP Assists: 15 by Dayton, (12-20-02) & Delaware (1-15-03) Most Opp Turnovers: 21 by JMU (1-25-03) Most ODU Points Scored: 82, vs. UMES (12-14-02) Most OPP Points Scored: 75, by ECU (12-07-02) & Delaware (1-15-03) Fewest ODU Points Scored: 59 vs. North Carolina and GMU. Fewest OPP Points Scored: 43, by Campbell (11-26-02) Attendance: 8,424 (Sellout) vs. UNC (11-24-02) First Overtime Game: ODU vs. Delaware, UD wins 75-74.

MONARCH CAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS Individual Scoring: Marsh 3rd 18.4 Wright 8th 15.6 FG PCT: Marsh 6th .498 FT PCT: Wright 5th .831 3PT FGPCT: Wright 2nd .416 REBS: Marsh 3rd 8.4 Loughton 12th 6.0 ASST: Nance 2nd 4.8 STEALS Wright 8th 1.7 Off Rebs Loughton 4th 3.3 Marsh 7th 3.0 Def. Rebs Marsh 2nd 5.4

Team Scoring: 5th 68.6 FG PCT: 9th .410 3PT FG: 8th .326 Rebs: 3rd 38.0 Scoring Def: 3rd 64.6 FT PCT: 1st .728 FG PCT Def: 9th .430 3PT FG Def: 8th .342 Assists: 2nd 14.5 Blocks 7th 3.0 Steals: 2nd 8.7 Reb. Margin 2nd +5.5

MILESTONES Ricardo Marsh has 1213 career points and 608 career rebounds...He is the 38th Monarch to break the 1,000 career point mark (vs. Dayton). Marsh currently ranks 23rd on the ODU all-time scoring list, and 19th on the ODU all-time rebounding list. Rasheed Wright became the 39th Monarch to reach the 1,000 point plateau (vs. Hofstra). He now has 1047 career points.

Since Losing to ECU Ricardo Marsh, who scored only 8 in the ECU game has averaged 20.3 ppg and 8.8 rebounds per game. ODU is 8-4 in that stretch.

ODU'S RECORD WHEN... Mon:(0-0) Tues.:(1-0) Wed: (3-2) Thu:(1-0) Fri:(0-1) Sat: (4-3) Sun:(0-2)

40-49 Points: 0-1 50-59 Points: 1-1 60-69 Point: 2-4 70-79 Points: 4-2 80-89 Points: 2-0 90 + Points: 0-0

Leading at Halftime: 9-2 Trailing at Halftime: 0-6 Tied at Halftime: 0-0

Shooting 50 % or Better: 3-0 Shooting 40-49%: 5-2 Shooting below 40%: 1-6

Outrebounds Opponents:7-5 Equal Number of Rebounds: 1-0

ODU Commits More Turnovers:2-2 ODU Commits Less Turnovers: 7-5

ODU IN THE CAA 1991-92 8-6 4th place CAA Tournament Champion 1992-93 11-3 T1st 1993-94 10-4 T1st CAA Tournament Finals 1994-95 12-2 1st CAA Tournament Champion 1995-96 12-4 2nd 1996-97 10-6 T1st CAA Tournament Champion 1997-98 8-8 4th 1998-99 11-5 2nd CAA Tournament Finals 1999-00 6-10 7th 2000-01 7-9 5th 2001-02 7-11 6th 2002-03 6-3 T2nd 108-70

SUMMER ACTIVITIES Rasheed Wright interned this summer in the office of University Relations.. Joe Principe interned in the ODU Athletic Media Relations office, and Ricardo Marsh attended Pete Newell's "Big Man Camp".

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