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Monarchs Down JMU 74-56

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Release: January 25, 2003
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Jan. 25, 2003

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NORFOLK, VA - Ricardo Marsh (Mebane, NC) scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Old Dominion men's basketball team past James Madison 74-56 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) action Saturday night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

The win lifts ODU back to the .500 mark at 8-8 overall, 5-3 in the CAA. The Monarchs are just two games behind first place UNC-Wilimington, who owns a 6-1 conference mark, dropping their lone conference game to Old Dominion on January 8th at home. The Dukes fall to 7-11 overall, 3-5 CAA as they suffered their second consecutive CAA loss.

Senior forward Rasheed Wright (Greensboro, NC) added 14 points and five boards for ODU as junior guard John Waller (Richmond, VA) came off the bench to chip in 10 points, four boards and four assists.

Local products David Fanning (Chesapeake, VA) and Ian Caskill (Va. Beach, VA) led the way for the visitors with 15 and 10 points respectively. Junior guard Chris Williams dropped in 10 points of his to go along with four assists.

The Dukes got off to a quick start in the first half as they built a 17-7 advantage after a three pointer by Williams with 11:57 left. Freshmen guard John Morris (Camp Hill, PA) scored ODU's next five points as the Monarchs bounced back with a 12-4 run to come within two at 21-19 at the 6:40 mark. Old Dominion continued to roll as Marsh and Wright converted two free throws apiece to tie the game at 23 at 4:04. Another free throw by redshirt freshman T.J. Waldon (Lakeland, FL) gave ODU the lead at 24-23, their first lead since 4-2 at 17:34. Junior Charlie Hatter hit a jumper at 2:36, giving JMU their last lead of the night, 25-24. The Monarchs then closed the first half with a 9-2 run putting them up 33-27 at the break.

James Madison shot 50 percent, 12-24, from the field in the first half, but only made 12-35 (34%) from the floor in the second half ODU shot 85% (28-33) from the free throw line, with 21 more attempts than the Dukes.

Old Dominion carried their momentum over into the second half as their lead would grow to as many as 22 points. The Monarchs outscored the visitors 41-29 in the second period to earn the 18-point win. ODU's bench provided the spark, outscoring JMU's reserves 27-10 and outrebounding them 17-8 for the game. Wright scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and shot a perfect 9 for 9 from the free-throw line.

The Monarchs held a 37-32 rebounding advantage, forcing 21 turnovers with five blocks and 11 steals.

ODU hits the road on Wednesday for another CAA contest at Drexel with tip-off set for 7:00 p.m. They return home next Saturday to face in-state rival Virginia Commonwealth, also at 7:00 p.m.

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