Monarchs Drop Tribe 76-64
By ODU Athletics
Jan. 11, 2003
NORFOLK, VA (January 11, 2003) - Senior forward Ricardo Marsh (Mebane, NC) recorded his third double-double of the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Old Dominion men's basketball team past Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rival William and Mary, 76-64, in front of 5,632 matinee fans Saturday at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
The Monarchs earned their third conference victory in four tries, improving to 6-6 on the season, 3-1 in the CAA. William and Mary falls to 5-6 overall, and 1-2 in the conference.
The 12-point margin at the end of the game was the largest of the day after the teams fought back and forth throughout the game. After taking a 37-33 lead to halftime, the Monarchs would find themselves down by five, 50-45, with 12:31 after a jumper by Zeb Cope. A 14-2 run by ODU, capped off by a three-pointer from John Waller (Richmond, VA), put them up 61-54 at 7:06 mark. Waller hit all three of his treys during that stretch to help bring the Monarchs back. They would never relinquish that advantage, making eight of 10 free throws in the final minutes to seal the win.
Rasheed Wright (Greensboro, NC) tied Marsh with a game-high 20 points, adding eight boards. This is the second time this season Wright and Marsh have both score 20 or more points (12/20 vs. Dayton). Waller finished with 15, shooting 3-5 from beyond the arc and 4-4 from the line, while Troy Nance (Va. Beach, VA) had seven assists.
Halfway through the first half the W&M was able to build a 19-12 lead as ODU shot only 28 percent (5-19) from the floor in that span, falling behind by as many as seven. The Monarchs would battle back with a 12-4 run, sparked by Wright and Marsh who combined to score 11 of those points, to give the home team a 30-26 lead with under three minutes left. That advantage would build to seven, 35-28, after a Marsh lay-up with under two minutes left in the half. Adam Hess would score five points in the remaining minute in the half to bring William and Mary within four, 37-33, at the break.
Hess, the CAA's leading scorer with 21.5 points per game, led his team with 19 points. Sherman Rivers was the only other Tribe player in double digits with 10. Cope pulled down a team-high 11 boards with nine points.
The Monarchs will be home again Wednesday to host CAA foe Delaware at 7:00 p.m.
Blaine Taylor, ODU Head Coach "I am proud that are kids are starting to assimilate. Our understanding and poise are rationing up."
On Waller: "For him to hit his stride helped make it a great game."
On Nance: "Troy is a far different player than he was on the first day of practice. His strongest asset is seeing the floor. He was able to get us organized."
On the team: "I thought they earned their shots and persevered. We were very smart in our three point selection."
Troy Nance, ODU Guard:
"We knew at the end of the game that we had to stick to it and take advantage of the boards. We had to fight and finish the game strong."
Rasheed Wright, ODU Forward:
"In the beginning I was in a rhythm. I was just trying to come in and play defense. When John (Waller), Alex (Loughton, and Troy (Nance) come up big it makes Ricardo's and my job a lot easier. Troy (Nance) is exceptional at passing, we know that if we are open he will get us the ball."
Rick Boyages, William and Mary Head Coach:
"I was impressed with Blaine (Taylor's) team, they were strong and confident. I think that has a lot to do with John Waller.
We had good opportunities and I was proud of them in their fight back. But fouls got us in trouble and John (Waller) made a couple of threes. It is hard for anybody to get momentum when they are in foul trouble.
"(Ricardo) Marsh and (Rasheed) Wright are a lot more mature, making us play two rather than one. Then you put (John) Waller in the mix and it makes it pretty tough. They are top scorers."