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Old Dominion -- George Mason Gamenotes

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: February 20, 2001
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    Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001
    ODU Fieldhouse
    ESPN 1310 Radio 7:35 p.m.

    The Monarchs:
    Overall:11-15
    Home:8-3:
    Away:2-10
    CAA:6-7
    Neutral:1-2

    LAST GAME: The Monarchs lost at William & Mary Saturday night, 72-62. Ricardo Marsh scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds. Troy Nance added 12 points. ODU shot .370 (20-54) from the field, while W&M shot .605 (23-38). A week ago -ODU lost to James Madison , 57-49. Andre McCullum led with 18 points, and Pierre Greene scored ten. ODU shot .339 (20-59) from the floor and the Dukes outrebounded the Monarchs, 41-35. Trailing by as many as 16 in the first half, ODU rallied in the second half and took the lead three different times, the last, 45-44 with7:56 left.

    JEFF CAPEL-HEAD COACH:(Fayetteville State '77), is in his seventh year at the helm of the Monarchs. He is 199-159 in his12th season and 120-94 at Old Dominion. Capel was the1995 CAA and NABC District IV Coach of the Year. In 1997 he was named Virginia College Coach of the Year. He won his 100th collegiate victory in the Monarchs 89-81 triple overtime win over ninth ranked Villanova in the 1995 NCAA Tournament. Capel was 16-14 in 1994 at NCA&T, losing in the NCAA first round to Arkansas. He compiled a 63-51 mark at his alma mater, Fayetteville State, taking the Broncos to the NCAA Div. II regionals in 1993. Capel was inducted into the Fayetteville State University Hall of Fame in 1999. His Monarch teams have reached the CAA finals three times, winning twice.

    
    MONARCH PROBABLES
    F 04 Andre McCullum, 6-6, 210,Sr., Whiteville, NC      12.7ppg/4.9 rpg
    F 21 Ricardo Marsh, 6-7, 215, So., Mebane, NC.          9.3ppg/4.5 rpg
    C 34 Clifton Jones, 6-7, 225, Sr, Pleasantville, NJ.	7.0 ppg/8.8 rpg
    G 12 Pierre Greene, 6-2, 180, Jr, Chicago, ILL.        12.5ppg/3.6 apg
    G 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 190, So, Greensboro, NC.      9.5ppg/4.5 rpg
    
    TOP SUBSTITUTES
    G 23 Michael Williams, 6-0, 170, Sr, Thomasville, Ga.   5.1ppg/ 2.0 rpg
    G 13 Troy Nance, 5-9, 170, Fr, Va. Beach, Va.           3.7 ppg/3.7 apg
    C 41 Joe Principe, 6-9, 220, Fr., Gladstone, Mo.        1.7ppg/ 1.9 rpg
    C 30 Charles Dunnington, 6-10, 215, Fr., Washington, DC 1.4 ppg/1.9 rpg
    G 15 Heath Burris, 6-4, 185, Sr, Va. Beach, Va.         3.9ppg/ 0.5 rpg
    G 10 John Waller, 6-4, 180, Fr, Richmond, Va.           2.9 ppg/1.1 rpg
    

    THIS DAY IN ODU ATHLETIC HISTORY: Feb. 21, 1977 Ronnie Valentine scored 38 points to lead the Monarchs to an 82-68 victory over William and Mary. The win was part of the Monarchs then state record 22 straight that season. ODU would go on to beat Georgetown in the ECAC-South Finals, before losing to Syracuse in the ECAC North-South Finals and Villanova in the NIT. The Monarchs were 25-4 in their first Div. I season.

    TONIGHTS OFFICIALS: Raymond Sytons, Robert Pennington, Manny Upton.

    FATHER - SON COMBINATION: Jeff Capel, III, joins his father's coaching staff after a stellar career at Duke University. Capel scored 1,601 career points and ranks third all-time at Duke and 13th all-time in the ACC with 220 career three-pointers.

    SERIES VS. GMU: ODU leads the series, 23-6, but the Patriots have won five of the last six meetings. The two teams played on Jan. 13 in Fairfax, Va. with GMU winning, 81-76. Andre McCullum led with 23 points, Rasheed Wright scored 15 and Clifton Jones scored 11 with 14 rebounds. Erik Herring led GMU with 23 points and eight rebounds, George Evans scored 16, hauled in 12 boards and blocked five shots with four steals. ODU trailed by 15(52-37) with 17:48 left, but rallied to take a 62-61 lead with 8:20 left.

    NOTE: GMU last played in the fieldhouse in 1996-97, losing 85-62.

    CAPEL VS. GMU: 10-5

    CAA GAMES TODAY:
    W&M vs. JMU
    VCU vs. UNCW
    American vs Richmond

    ODU vs. CAA TEAMS:
    American 21-12
    East Carolina 31-13
    George Mason 23-6
    James Madison 36-20
    UNC Wilmington 15-11
    Richmond 26-19
    VCU 32-26
    William & Mary 44-12

    CAA TO EXPAND
    The Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner Tom Yeager announced on Dec. 13 that the University of Delaware(Newark, De.), Drexel University (Philadelphia, Pa.), Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY.) and TowsonUniversity (Baltimore, Md.)will join the conference effective July 1, 2003.

    RECORD AT FIELDHOUSE: (5-0)
    3-2 in 1999-00
    102-11 (since1970-71)
    Best Record:14-0 in 1974-75 & 11-0 in 1976-77
    13-1 in 1973-74 & 1975-76

    RECORD AT SCOPE (3-3)
    218-90 since 1971-72
    5-3 in 1999-00
    Best Record: 9-0 in 1992-93
    13-1 in 1979-80 and 1983-84
    10-1 in 1994-95

    CAREER HIGHS THIS YEAR
    Rasheed Wright

    20 vs. Dayton
    11 rebounds vs Gardner-Webb

    Troy Nance
    11 points vs. N.C. State
    11 assists vs. N.C. State

    Charles Dunnington
    6 pts vs. G.Webb
    6 rebs vs. Gardner-Webb

    Joe Principe
    6 pts vs. G.Webb & NSU
    6 rebs vs. Gardner-Webb

    John Waller
    12 vs. AU Puerto Rico

    A. Themistocleous
    7 pts vs. Stanford 3 rebs vs. Stanford

    Heath Burris
    15 pts vs. Kansas St.

    Ricardo Marsh
    10 rebounds vs. VMI

    Pierre Greene
    25 points vs. AU

    Clifton Jones
    19 points vs. VCU(ties)
    16 rebounds vs.Norfolk St.

    Clay McGowen
    4 points vs. JMU

    Andre McCullum
    29 vs. W&M & Norfolk St.

    DOUBLE FIGURE LEADERS
    McCullum 16
    Greene 16
    Wright 12
    Marsh 9

    DOUBLE-DOUBLES:
    McCullum 4
    Jones 4
    Marsh 1

    MCCULLUM: McCullum has 1,063 career points which ranks him 29th on the ODU all-time scoring list. He has scored in double figures in nine of the last 11 games, but only once in the last three.

    JONES HITTING THE BOARDS: Clifton Jones leads the team in rebounding and has been the Monarchs top rebounder in 19 of the 26 games. He leads the league in rebounding and offensive rebounding. He has hauled in ten or more rebounds ten times this year. Jones has 561 career rebounds putting him 19th on the ODU all-time rebounding list. He is 35 behind Skip Noble's ('71) 596.

    HALFTIME LEADS: ODU has led at halftime in the following games (7-5). Gardner-Webb (37-31) VMI (41-38) Dayton (42-36) Miami-Ohio (33-26) UNLV (36-35) JMU (37-24) W&M (36-25) ECU (29-23) NSU (35-32) UR (26-21) at AU (41-22) At UNCW (26-22)

    MONARCH RECRUITS-EARLY PERIOD

    James Smith, 6-7
    190 Cape Henry Collegiate Virginia Beach, Va.
    Two-Time All-Tidewater
    18.3 ppg/9.2 rpg

    Alan Treese, 6-8, 200
    Rutherford Hayes High School Delaware, Ohio
    12.5 ppg/ 8.3 rpg
    three-point shooter

    T. J. Waldon, 6-5, 200
    Kathleen High School Lakeland, FL.
    17.8 ppg/ 10.4 rpg
    All-State selection

    HONORS THUS FAR THIS YEAR

    Andre McCullum - Pre-Season All-CAA (in graduate school) He is also on the board of the NABC Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

    Rasheed Wright - All-Tournament selection in the Puerto-Rico Shootout.

    Pierre Greene - CAA Player of the Week (Jan. 8).

    
    MONARCH CURRENT CAA STATISTICAL LEADERS (2000-01)
    
    Individuals
    Rebounds       Clifton Jones       1st       8.8
    Scoring        Pierre Greene       8th       12.7
    Off.Rebounds        Clifton Jones        1st           2.8
    Def.Rebounds  Clifton Jones       1st       6.0
    Blocks              Clifton Jones        3rd           1.7
    Assists             Pierre Greene        6th           3.6
                         Troy Nance          5th       3.9
    Asst/TO Ratio       Troy Nance           2nd           2.1
    FT %           Pierre Greene       5th       .766
                         Andre McCullum 6th        .765
    3PT FG %       Heath Burris        4th       .407
    Steals              Pierre Greene        8th           1.23
    Team
    Scoring Offense          5th  69.1
    Scoring Defense          6th  69.2
    Free Throw Pct.          5th  67.7
    Field Goal Pct.          5th .424
    Field Goal Pct. Def.      9th     .449
    3PT FG Made              4th 6.0
    3PT FG PCT.              5th .341
    Rebounding               3rd 36.4
    Blocked Shots            5th 4.0
    Assists                  3rd 13.7
    Steals                   2nd 7.0
    Off Rebounds             2nd 12.6
    Def. Rebounds       7th  23.8
    
    MONARCH TRENDS
    Days of the Week:
    Mon 0-1   
    Tue 2-0   
    Wed 4-4   
    Thu 0-2    
    Fri 0-1    
    Sat 5-6 
    Sun 0-1
    
    BY MONTHS: 
    Nov. 1-6 
    Dec: 3-3  
    Jan. 6-3   
    Feb: 1-3   
    Mar: 0-0
    
    By Points:
    45-60 (0-6)    
    61-70 (4-4)    
    71-80 (3-4)    
    81-90 (4-1)    
    90+ (0-0)
    
    When ODU Outrebounds Opp:: 6-5
    When ODU shoots 50 % or better: 5-0
    

    ABOUT OLD DOMINION
    ODU is a state school located in Norfolk, Va. The University was founded in 1930 as the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary...the name Old Dominion is the nickname of the State of Virginia.

    SCHOOL OF CHAMPIONS: Old Dominion's Field Hockey squad captured their ninth NCAA title with a 3-1 win over North Carolina. Led by four-time CAA Player of the Year Marina DiGiacomo who scored an NCAA record 167 career goals and 414 career points. DiGiacomo also was named the Honda Award winner for that sport, Old Dominion's fifth field hockey player to do so. The University athletic teams have won 28 National Titles (24 teams titles, Sailing 11, Field Hockey 9, Women's basketball 3, Men's Basketball 1)...Three wrestling individual NCAA titles (Div. II) and one Women's Individual Tennis title.

    NCAA TOURNAMENT This year's CAA Tournament will be March 3-5 at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va. The finals will be live on Monday night, March 5 on ESPN2.

    FIELDHOUSE FLOOR PROJECT: for information on how to purchase your very own bit of Old Dominion basketball history in the form of an authentic piece of the original fieldhouse floor. Instructions and order forms can be found for plaques featuring an authentic piece of the floor. You may also call 1-800-968-9697. Prices range from $42-$130 and all proceeds benefit athletic scholarships at Old Dominion.

    CAPEL CALL IN RADIO SHOW
    Jeff's weekly call-in radio show is Thursday from 5-6 on ESPN 1310 Radio.

    CAA WEEKLY TELECONFERENCE CALL
    All nine of the men's head coaches are available on the weekly CAA teleconference every Tuesday from 10:30 am to 12:10 p.m. Jeff Capel is on at 11 a.m. Call 877-630-8221.

    MONARCH ALUMNI
    Cal Bowdler ('99) Atlanta- 0.9 ppg/ 0.9 rpg in 12 games. (averaged 2.7 ppg/1.8 rpg.. Last year...) Chris Gatling ('91) Traded to Cleveland during the off-season...He is averaging 12.2 ppg and 5.6 rpg thus far this season....He scored a career high 38 points vs. Sacramento on Jan. 10 of this year....Played in the NBA All-Star game in 1997. Odell Hodge is in Belgium, Petey Sessoms is in Poland...Mark Poag is in Spain and Reggie Bassette is in Greece. Skipper Youngblood is in the Czech Republic. Dave Twardzik is an assistant with the Detroit Pistons. Mark West has retired after 17 yrs.

    NEXT GAME: ODU travels to VCU for a 4 p.m. HTS game on Saturday, then completes the regular season with a home game vs. UNCW Monday at 7:35 pm.

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