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Monarchs Host CAA Leading Seahawks Wednesday Night

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Release: February 11, 2003
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Feb. 11, 2003

OLD DOMINION MONARCHS VS UNC WILMINGTON SEAHAWKS
Wednesday, February 12, 2003, 7:07 p.m. Ted Constant Convocation Center

ABOUT THE MONARCHS: (9-11/6-6)
* Lost at James Madison Saturday night, 74-66
* Rasheed Wright led with 17 pts, John Waller 16 pts & Ricardo Marsh 12 pts
* ODU shot .375 (21-56) and committed 15 turnovers
* ODU led 44-32 with 14:05 left.
* Lost to William and Mary a week ago Wednesday  night, 69-53
* Ricardo Marsh led with 14 points
* ODU shot .328(20-61) from the floor/W&M shot .549 (28-51).
* ODU has lost three 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. 18.4 ppg/ 8.2 rpg F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 210, Sr., Greensboro, NC. 15.2 ppg/ 5.3 rpg C 40 Alex Loughton, 6-9, 235, Fr., Perth Australia 8.0 ppg/6.0 rpg G 10 John Waller, 6-4, 185, Jr. Richmond, VA. 8.5 ppg/ 4.5 rpg G 13 Troy Nance, 5-10, 175, Jr., Va. Beach, Va. 3.8 ppg/ 4.9 apg

TOP SUBSTITUTES G 1 Isaiah Hunter, 6-2, 160, Fr, Charlotte, NC. 6.5 ppg/ 2.4 rpg G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, 190, So., Norfolk, VA. 2.8 ppg/ 1.8 rpg G 3 John Morris, 6-1, Fr., Camp Hill, PA. 1.8 ppg/ 0.8 rpg C 55 Janko Mrksic, 6-10, 270, Fr., Ontario, Canada 1.1 ppg/ 1.9 rpg F 4 T.J. Waldon, 6-4, 214,Fr., Lakeland, FL. 2.8 ppg/ 2.7 rpg

THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY Feb. 12, 1977...Wilson Washington scored 19 points, hauled in eight rebounds and blocked four shots as ODU won its first ever meeting against Virginia, 71-63 in Charlottesville.

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS Leslie Jones, Sean Hull, Mark Schnur

TONIGHT'S GAME Game is being televised live back to Wilmington and on Cox #71 in Hampton Roads.

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 Towson 7:00 VCU at Drexel 7:00

SERIES VS. UNCW ODU Leads:16-15 First Meeting: 1979-80, ODU wins, 75-55 in Scope Last Meeting:, Jan. 8, Wilmington, NC., ODU wins, 67-57

Jan. 8, 2003, ODU 67, UNCW, 57 With UNCW leading 31-24 (18:16), ODU went on a 12-2 run led by Ricardo Marsh's five points during that stretch. ODU led by as many as 18 (61-43 with 4:27 left).Rasheed Wright led with 15 points, while John Waller added 14 points and nine rebounds. Ricardo Marsh scored ten points and hauled in nine rebounds. ODU shot. .455 (20-44) from the floor and outrebounded the Seahawks, 41-26. UNCW was led by Brett Blizzard with 20 points and Craig Callahan with 16 points and ten boards. UNCW shot .361 (22-61) from the floor. ODU committed 20 turnovers.

Last Time ODU defeated UNCW in Norfolk, was 1998-99, 76-62 in the fieldhouse.

Note: UNCW is the only team to beat ODU three times in the fieldhouse. Roanoke College did it twice.

ODU and UNCW are #1 and #2 in the CAA in free throw percentage.

COMPARING STATS ODU UNCW Scoring 67.7 71.4 FG% .402 .464 3PT % .316 .365 FT% .725 .720 REBS 37.5 32.7 Scoring Def. 65.7 60.7

MONARCHS VS. CAA TEAMS Delaware 3-2 Drexel 2-1 George Mason 25-8 Hofstra 2-2 James Madison 38-22 Towson 9-1 VCU 32-32 UNC Wilmington 16-15 William & Mary 48-13

ODU'S RECORD WHEN... Mon:(0-0) Tues.:(1-0) Wed: (3-3) Thu:(1-0) Fri:(0-1) Sat: (4-5) Sun:(0-2)

40-49 Points: 0-1 50-59 Points: 1-2 60-69 Point: 2-6 70-79 Points: 4-2 80-89 Points: 2-0 90 + Points: 0-0

Leading at Halftime: 9-4 Trailing at Halftime: 0-7 Tied at Halftime: 0-0

Shooting 50 % or Better: 3-0 Shooting 40-49%: 5-2 Shooting below 40%: 1-9

Outrebounds Opponents:7-6 Equal Number of Rebounds: 1-0

ODU Commits More Turnovers:2-2 ODU Commits Less Turnovers: 7-8

DOUBLE-DOUBLE PERFORMANCES Ricardo Marsh 3 (GW, VCU, W&M-1) Rasheed Wright 1 (Delaware Alex Loughton 1 (Maryland E-Shore)

DOUBLE FIGURE PERFORMERS Ricardo Marsh 19 of 20 games (15 straight) Rasheed Wright 18 of 20 games John Waller 6 Alex Loughton 5 Isaiah Hunter 5 Kiah Thomas 2

TEN OR MORE REBOUNDS PER GAME Ricardo Marsh 4 Alex Loughton 1 Rasheed Wright 1

FIVE OR MORE ASSISTS Troy Nance 11 John Morris 1

20 OR MORE POINTS IN A GAME Ricardo Marsh 8 Rasheed Wright 4

LEADING SCORER Ricardo Marsh 12 Rasheed Wright 9

LEADING REBOUNDER Ricardo Marsh 14 Rasheed Wright 2 Alex Loughton 3 John Waller 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: 20, Jan. 8, 03 at UNCW 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 19.8 ppg and 8.3 rebounds per game. Rasheed Wright is averaging 14.3 ppg/ and 5.3 rebounds per game Wright has 26 steals in 12 games for a 2.4 average. Troy Nance is averaging 5.7 assists per game. Marsh and Wright have started all 12 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) 8,418 vs. VCU (2-2-03) First Overtime Game: ODU vs. Delaware, UD wins 75-74.

MONARCH CAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS Individual Scoring: Marsh 3rd 18.4 Wright 9th 15.2 FG PCT: Marsh 7th .489 FT PCT: Wright 6th .800 3PT FGPCT: Wright 3rd .413 REBS: Marsh 4th 8.2 Loughton 12th 6.0 ASST: Nance 2nd 4.9 ASST/TO: Nance 2nd 2.47 STEALS Wright 7th 1.8 Off Rebs Loughton 4th 3.2 Marsh 6th 2.8 Def. Rebs Marsh 2nd 5.4

Team Scoring: 5th 67.7 FG PCT: 10th .402 3PT FG: 10th .316 Rebs: 3rd 37.5 Scoring Def: 3rd 65.7 FT PCT: 1st .725 FG PCT Def: 7th .436 3PT FG Def: 9th .361 Assists: 3rd 14.2 Blocks 7th 2.8 Steals: 2nd 8.7 Reb. Margin 2nd +4.3

MILESTONES Ricardo Marsh has 1257 career points and 629 career rebounds...He is the 38th Monarch to break the 1,000 career point mark (vs. Dayton). Marsh currently ranks 22nd on the ODU all-time scoring list, and 18th 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 1085 career points.

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 6-6 108-73

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

NEXT GAME: Feb. 15 at Towson. Game time is 4:00 p.m.

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