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Men's Basketball Set to Take on VMI

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: December 15, 2000
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Old Dominion University Vs. Virginia Military Institute
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000 Fieldhouse ESPN 1310 Radio 7:35 p.m.
The Monarchs: Overall:2-7 Home:2-1: Away:0-4 CAA:0-1 Neutral:0-2

LAST GAME: The Monarchs defeated Kansas State, 62-51 last week. Heath Burris came off the bench to score a career high 15 points, while Rasheed Wright and Clifton Jones each hauled in ten rebounds. Andre McCullum scsored 11 points, while Troy Nance dished out eight assists. As a team, the Monarchs committed only seven turnovers. K-State shot .375 from the floor. The win ended the Monarchs seven-game losing streak.

JEFF CAPEL-HEAD COACH:(Fayetteville State '77), is in his seventh year at the helm of the Monarchs. He is 190-151 in his12th season and 111-86 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, 10.1 ppg/ 3.4 rpg
F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 190, So.,Greensboro, NC., 9.6 ppg/ 5.8 rpg
C 34 Clifton Jones, 6-7, 225, Sr, Pleasantville, NJ.,5.8 ppg/ 7.0 rpg
G 12 Pierre Greene, 6-2, 180, Jr, Chicago, ILL.,10.3 ppg/3.3 apg
G 23 Michael Williams, 6-0, 170, Sr, Thomasville, Ga., 6.4    ppg/ 2.0 rpg

TOP SUBSTITUTES F 21 Ricardo Marsh, 6-7, 215, So, Mebane, NC., 9.4 ppg/4.4 rpg G 13 Troy Nance, 5-9, 170, Fr, Va. Beach, Va., 3.9 ppg/4.8 apg C 41 Joe Principe, 6-9, 220, Fr., Gladstone, Mo., 3.6 ppg/ 2.6 rpg C 30 Charles Dunnington, 6-10, 215, Fr., Washington, DC, 2.0 ppg/2.0 rpg G 15 Heath Burris, 6-4, 185, Sr, Va. Beach, Va., 5.3 ppg/ 1.0 rpg G 10 John Waller, 6-4, 180, Fr, Richmond, Va., 3.8 ppg/ 1.0 rpg

THIS DAY IN ODU ATHLETIC HISTORY:
Dec. 16, 1994 Mike Jones scored 20 points and Petey Sessoms added 24 points to lead Old Dominion to a 94-86 overtime win over Weber State in the first round of the Hawaii Classic. Later that year, on the same day ODU upset third seeded Villanova in the NCAA first round, Weber beat third seed Michigan State.

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS:
Ray Styons, Terry Nobles, and Robert Pennington.

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. VMI: Old Dominion leads the series, 14-4. Last year, the Monarchs defeated the Keydets in Lexington, 71-62. ODU has won six straight against VMI. The Keydets last played in the fieldhouse in 1975-76. The Monarchs won that contest, 72-70. VMI's last win over the Monarchs was in 197-78 in Scope, 69-60.

CAPEL VS. VMI: 2-0

ODU VS. SOUTHERN CONFERENCE TEAMS:

Western Carolina    2-0
Chattanooga         2-0
The Citadel         1-0
Furman              0-1
Ga.Southern         13-4
CAA GAMES TODAY JMU at Long Island UNC Wilmington at Butler Appalachian State at Richmond

ODU vs. CAA TEAMS:

American       19-12     
East Carolina  30-12    
George Mason   23-5
James Madison  35-19     
UNC Wilmington 15-10 
Richmond       26-18
VCU            31-26     
William & Mary 43-11

RECORD AT FIELDHOUSE: (1-0) 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 (1-1) 215-87 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 19 points vs. GW 11 rebounds vs Gardner-Webb

Troy Nance 11 points vs. NC St. 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 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.

JONES HITTING THE BOARDS: Clifton Jones leads the team in rebounding and has been the Monarchs top rebounder in six of the nine games. 3rd in CAA in Off.Rebs

LEADING AT HALFTIME: ODU has led at halftime in the following games. Gardner-Webb (37-31)
Miami-Ohio (33-26)

TAKING CARE OF THE BALL: Freshman Troy Nance and junior Pierre Greene rank ninth and tenth respectfully in assist to turnover ration in the CAA.

LAST TIME ODU LOST SEVEN STRAIGHT: 1986-87 (that team lost a total of ten straight.

NAIL BITERS Last year, the Monarchs lost 11 games by six points or less and nine by four points or less along with four overtime games on the road. This year, ODU has lost three games by five points or less and one by nine.

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.

MONARCH CURRENT CAA STATISTICAL LEADERS (2000-01)
Individuals
Rebounds 
Clifton Jones - 7th, 6.9

Three-PT FG % Heath Burris 9th, .414

Off.Rebounds Clifton Jones - 2nd, 3.0

Blocks Clifton Jones - 7th, 1.2

Assists Pierre Greene - 10th, 3.34 Troy Nance, 5th 4.86

Asst/TO Ratio Pierre Greene 10th 1.55 Troy Nance 2nd 2.27

Team Scoring Offense 7th 68.8 Scoring Defense 6th 72.8 Free Throw Pct. 8th 62.1 Field Goal Pct. 7th .411 Field Goal Pct. Def. 9th .483 3PT FG PCT. 4th .357 Rebounding 5th 36.7 Blocked Shots 4th 3.55 Assists 8th 15.5 Steals 7th 6.1 Off Rebounds 1st 14.67 Def. Rebounds 8th 22.00

MONARCH CAA STATISTICAL LEADERS FROM 1999-2000 INDIVIDUAL Scoring: McCullum (9th) 12.9 FG PCT: McCullum (8th).513 Free Throw PCT:McCullum (6th) .784 Rebounds: McCullum (4th) 6.9 OFF Rebs: McCullum 5th (2.5) Deff Rebs: McCullum 3rd (4.4)

TEAM: Scoring: 7th 64.7FG PCT:3rd .433 FG PCT Def: 7th.424 3PT FG PCT:7th.308 REBS: 6th 34.9Blocked Shots:7th 3.5 Steals:5th 7.3 Assists:7th 12.9 Scoring Def: 4th 66.5Free Throw Pct:.4th.668

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 sports, 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.

CAA 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: Long onto GOTOBUTTON BM_1_ www.oducourt.com 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.

MONARCH ALUMNI
Cal Bowdler ('99) Atlanta- 1.0 ppg/ 0.5 rpg (averaged 2.7 ppg/1.8 rpg.. Last year...)

Chris Gatling ('91) Traded to Cleveland during the off-season...He is averaging 11.5 Ppg and 6.1 rpg thus far this season....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.

NEXT GAME: The Monarchs travel to Dayton on Dec.19 for a TV game, then to Ill-Chicago on Dec. 21...UNLV visits Scope on Dec. 31st.

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