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Monarchs Travel to JMU For Saturday Night Tilt

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Release: February 07, 2003
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Feb. 7, 2003

OLD DOMINION MONARCHS AT JAMES MADISON DUKES
Saturday, February 8, 2003, 7:00 p.m. JMU Convocation Center

ABOUT THE MONARCHS: (9-10/6-5)
* Lost to William and Mary Saturday night, 69-53
* Ricardo Marsh led with 14 points
* ODU shot .328(20-61) from the floor/W&M shot .549 (28-51).
* ODU lost to VCU last Saturday night, 72-69
* Ricardo Marsh scored 28 pts and six rebounds.
* ODU shot .377 from the floor/ VCU shot .439 (6-9 treys in second half)
* ODU has lost two straight.
* 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. 18.7 ppg/ 8.2 rpg F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 210, Sr., Greensboro, NC. 15.1 ppg/5.5 rpg C 40 Alex Loughton, 6-9, 235, Fr., Perth Australia 8.1 ppg/6.1 rpg G 10 John Waller, 6-4, 185, Jr. Richmond, VA. 8.1 ppg/ 4.4 rpg G 13 Troy Nance, 5-10, 175, Jr., Va. Beach, Va. 3.0 ppg/ 5.0 apg

TOP SUBSTITUTES G 1 Isaiah Hunter, 6-2, 160, Fr, Charlotte, NC. 6.3 ppg/ 2.6 rpg G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, 190, So., Norfolk, VA. 2.7 ppg/ 1.7 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/ 1.8 rpg F 4 T.J. Waldon, 6-4, 214,Fr., Lakeland, FL. 3.0 ppg/ 2.9 rpg

THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY Feb. 8, 2992...Ricardo Leonard scored 19 and Petey Sessoms added 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead ODU to a 71-61 victory over George Mason.

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS James Luckie, Mike Eades, Roger Ayers

SHOOTING PERCENTAGE ODU has shot 50 percent or better three times (Campbell,UMES, GW). The .328 vs W&M was the second lowest of the season (.292 vs. North Carolina)

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: William and Mary at Hofstra 1:00 Drexel at Towson 7:00 Delaware at UNC Wilmington 7:00 George Mason at VCU 7:30

SERIES VS. JMU ODU Leads:38-21 First Meeting: 1971-72, ODU wins, 99-68 Last Meeting:, Jan. 25, 03, ODU wins 74-56 in Constant Center

Jan. 25, 2003, ODU 74, JMU 54 Ricardo Marsh scores 24 points , Rasheed Wright 14 and John Waller 10. ODU shot .426(20-47) from the floor, while JMU shot .407(24-59). JMU committed 21 turnovers to ODU's 16. The Monarchs were 28-33 from the free throw line, while JMU was 2-4.ODU led by as much as 23, 63-40 with 5:29 left in the game.

Last Time ODU defeated JMU in Harrisonburg:1997-98, 61-60

COMPARING STATS ODU JMU Scoring 67.8 66.7 FG% .404 .427 3PT % .314 .328 FT% .726 .663 REBS 37.7 35.3 Scoring Def. 65.3 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 32-32 UNC Wilmington 16-15 William & Mary 48-13

CAA MARGINS In four of ODU's five CAA losses, ODU has lost by 9, 4,3 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).

IN CAA GAMES Ricardo Marsh is averaging 20.5 ppg and 8.4 rebounds per game. Rasheed Wright is averaging 14.1 ppg/ and 5.5 rebounds per game Wright has 24 steals in 11 games for a 2.3 average. Troy Nance is averaging 5.7 assists per game. Marsh and Wright have started all 11 CAA games thus far.

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: 4, by John Waller vs. VCU (2-1-03) 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: 16 by VCU (2-1-03) 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)/ 8418 vs. VCU (2-2-03) First Overtime Game: ODU vs. Delaware, UD wins 75-74.

MONARCH CAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS Individual Scoring: Marsh 3rd 18.7 Wright 8th 15.1 FG PCT: Marsh 5th .496 FT PCT: Wright 5th .824 3PT FGPCT: Wright 3rd .410 REBS: Marsh 4th 8.2 Loughton 12th 6.1 ASST: Nance 2nd 5.0 STEALS Wright 6th 1.7 Off Rebs Loughton 4th 3.2 Marsh 7th 2.8 Def. Rebs Marsh 2nd 5.4

Team Scoring: 5th 67.8 FG PCT: 9th .404 3PT FG: 8th .314 Rebs: 3rd 37.7 Scoring Def: 3rd 65.3 FT PCT: 1st .726 FG PCT Def: 6th .437 3PT FG Def: 8th .352 Assists: 2nd 14.4 Blocks 7th 2.9 Steals: 2nd 8.7 Reb. Margin 2nd +4.6

MILESTONES Ricardo Marsh has 1245 career points and 621 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 1068 career points.

Since Losing to ECU Ricardo Marsh, who scored only 8 in the ECU game has averaged 21.1 ppg and 8.4 rebounds per game. 20 or more points eight times, and two double-doubles.

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

40-49 Points: 0-1 50-59 Points: 1-2 60-69 Point: 2-5 70-79 Points: 4-2 80-89 Points: 2-0 90 + Points: 0-0

Leading at Halftime: 9-3 Trailing at Halftime: 0-7 Tied at Halftime: 0-0

Shooting 50 % or Better: 3-0 Shooting 40-49%: 5-2 Shooting below 40%: 1-8

Outrebounds Opponents:7-6 Equal Number of Rebounds: 1-0 ODU Commits More Turnovers:2-2 ODU Commits Less Turnovers: 7-7

BLAINE TAYLOR'S RADIO CALL IN SHOW Every Thursday afternoon from 5-6 p.m. on ESPN 1310 radio with host John Castleberry.... Fans can also e-mail questions to Taylor at www.odusports.com

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".

NEXT GAME: Feb. 12 vs UNC Wilmington 7 p.m. (TV -Channel 71 Cox)

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