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Monarchs Travel to Delaware and George Mason

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Release: February 21, 2003
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Feb. 21, 2003

OLD DOMINION MONARCHS AT DELAWARE BLUE HENS
Saturday, February 22, 2003, 2:00 p.m. Carpenter Center

ABOUT THE MONARCHS: (11-12/8-7)
* Lost to Drexel, 62-57 Wednesday night
* John Waller 14 points and 11 rebounds (his 1st career double-double)
* Marsh 8pts and 9 rbs/ Wright 11 pts
* ODU outrebounded Drexel, 41-34, but shot .404 from the floor.
* Defeated Towson, 73-51 last Saturday.
* Five players in double figures led by Alex Loughton 13 pts/6 rebs
* Ricardo Marsh had 11 pts/ 13 rebs/5 ast 2 blks.
* ODU outrebounded Towson, 42-34 & committed only 9 turnovers

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. 17.7 ppg/ 8.6 rpg F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 210, Sr., Greensboro, NC. 15.1 ppg/ 5.3 rpg C 40 Alex Loughton, 6-9, 235, Fr., Perth Australia 8.2 ppg/ 6.0 rpg G 10 John Waller, 6-4, 185, Jr. Richmond, VA. 8.5 ppg/ 4.7 rpg G 13 Troy Nance, 5-10, 175, Jr., Va. Beach, Va. 4.2 ppg/ 5.0 apg

TOP SUBSTITUTES G 1 Isaiah Hunter, 6-2, 160, Fr, Charlotte, NC. 6.2 ppg/ 2.1 rpg G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, 190, So., Norfolk, VA. 2.6 ppg/ 1.5 rpg G 3 John Morris, 6-1, Fr., Camp Hill, PA. 1.8 ppg/ 0.9 rpg C 55 Janko Mrksic, 6-10, 270, Fr., Ontario, Canada 1.0 ppg/ 2.0 rpg F 4 T.J. Waldon, 6-4, 214,Fr., Lakeland, FL. 2.9 ppg/ 2.7 rpg

THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY Feb. 22, 1988, ODU defeats South Alabama 101-77 in a Sun Belt Conference game. Anthony Carver scored 12 points with 10 rebounds, while Frank Smith scored 19 points and dished out 12 assists.

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS Mike Eades, Roger Ayers, Earl Walton

SHOOTING PERCENTAGE The.542 shooting from the floor vs. UNCW was the first in CAA play the Monarchs have shot 50 percent or better. 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. Feb. 18th, was again named Rookie of the Week after 13 points and 9 rebs vs. UNCW and 13 pts and six rebounds vs. Towson.

CAA GAMES TODAY: VCU at Hofstra 1:00 Drexel at William & Mary 2:00 James Madison at GMU 2:00 UNC Wilmington at Towson 7:00

SERIES VS. DELAWARE ODU Leads:3-2

First Meeting: 1972-73, ODU wins 83-75 in Newark 1973-74: ODU wins, 92-80 in the fieldhouse 2001-02: ODU wins 60-58 in the fieldhouse Delaware wins, 75-70 in Newark

Last Meeting Jan. 15, 2003, Delaware 75, ODU 74 in Constant Center Mike Slattery's basket with eight seconds left lifted the Blue Hens to the overtime win. ODU had a chance to tied the game, but Isaiah Hunter made only one of two free throws with two seconds left. With 11:27 left in regulation, ODU led 49-38 and held the lead until David Lunn's basket with 31 seconds left tied the game at 65.

Ricardo Marsh led ODU with a career high 30 points, while Rasheed Wright scored 16 and hauled in ten rebounds. ODU shot .417 (30-72) from the floor, while Delware shot .467 (28-60). Ryan Iversen led with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Mike Slattery added 16 points for Delaware.

COMPARING STATS ODU Delaware Scoring 67.6 69.8 FG% .407 .411 3PT % .323 .349 FT% .715 .709 REBS 37.8 35.3 Scoring Def. 65.0 69.5

MONARCHS VS. CAA TEAMS Delaware 3-2 Drexel 2-2 George Mason 25-8 Hofstra 2-2 James Madison 38-22 Towson 10-1 VCU 32-32 UNC Wilmington 17-15 William & Mary 48-13

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

40-49 Points: 0-1 50-59 Points: 1-3 60-69 Point: 2-6 70-79 Points: 6-2 80-89 Points: 2-0 90 + Points: 0-0

Leading at Halftime:11-4 Trailing at Halftime: 0-8 Tied at Halftime: 0-0

Shooting 50 % or Better: 4-0 Shooting 40-49%: 6-2 Shooting below 40%: 1-10

Outrebounds Opponents:9-7 Equal Number of Rebounds: 1-0

ODU Commits More Turnovers:3-2 ODU Commits Less Turnovers: 8-9

DOUBLE-DOUBLE PERFORMANCES Ricardo Marsh 5 (GW, VCU, W&M-1, UNCW-2, TU-1) Rasheed Wright 1 (Delaware Alex Loughton 1 (Maryland E-Shore) John Waller 1 (Delaware)

DOUBLE FIGURE PERFORMERS Ricardo Marsh 21 of 23 games * NOTE: Marsh's streak of 17 straight double figure games ended vs. Drexel. Rasheed Wright 21 of 23 games John Waller 8 Alex Loughton 7 Isaiah Hunter 5 Kiah Thomas 2 Troy Nance 1

TEN OR MORE REBOUNDS PER GAME Ricardo Marsh 6 Alex Loughton 1 Rasheed Wright 1 John Waller 1

FIVE OR MORE ASSISTS Troy Nance 14 John Morris 1 John Waller 1 Ricardo Marsh 1

20 OR MORE POINTS IN A GAME Ricardo Marsh 9 Rasheed Wright 5

LEADING SCORER Ricardo Marsh 12 Rasheed Wright 10

LEADING REBOUNDER Ricardo Marsh 16 Rasheed Wright 2 Alex Loughton 3 John Waller 2

ODU DYNAMIC DUO Ricardo Marsh and Rasheed Wright have scored 20 or more points in the same game three times this year. Dayton (Marsh 24/Wright 21) W&M-1 (Marsh 20/ Wright 20) UNCW-2 (Marsh 22/ Wright 23)

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: 22, 73-51 at Towson (2-15-03) 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: 542 (26-48) vs. UNCW, Feb. 12, 2003 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 Towson (2-15-03) 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 18.5 ppg and 8.9 rebounds per game. Rasheed Wright is averaging 14.5 ppg/ and 5.3 rebounds per game Wright has 32 steals in 15 games for a 2.1 average. Troy Nance is averaging 5.4 assists per game. Marsh and Wright have started all 15 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: 11 by Marsh vs. UNCW, Feb. 12, 2003 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: John Waller (14 pts/11 rebs) vs. Drexel (2-19) 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 & UNCW 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. Fewest Team Free Throws: 5-8 vs. Drexel (2-19-03) 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:9, 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) Most OPP Blocked Shots: 5, by Robert Battle (2-19-03) Best ODU Field Goal %: .542 (26-48) vs. UNCW, Feb. 12. 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.

WINNING ON THE ROAD ODU is 4-6 overall, equaling the four road wins all last year. ODU is 3-4 in CAA road games

MONARCH CAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS Individual Scoring: Marsh 3rd 17.7 Wright 9th 15.1 FG PCT: Marsh 5th .476 FT PCT: Wright 8th .793 3PT FGPCT: Wright 3rd .403 REBS: Marsh 3rd 8.6 Loughton 12th 6.0 ASST: Nance 2nd 5.0 ASST/TO: Nance 2nd 2.47 STEALS Wright 3rd 1.7 Off Rebs Loughton 4th 3.1 Marsh 7th 2.7 Def. Rebs Marsh 2nd 5.4

Team Scoring: 5th 67.6 FG PCT: 9th .407 3PT FG: 9th .323 Rebs: 3rd 37.8 Scoring Def: 3rd 65.0 FT PCT: 1st .715 FG PCT Def: 7th .430 3PT FG Def: 10th .365 Assists: 2nd 14.7 Blocks 7th 2.9 Steals: 2nd 8.4 Reb. Margin 3rd +4.6

MILESTONES Ricardo Marsh has 1308 career points and 660 career rebounds...He is the 38th Monarch to break the 1,000 career point mark (vs. Dayton). Marsh currently ranks 21st on the ODU all-time scoring list, and 17th 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 1130 career points, and ranks him 27th.

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 8-7 110-74

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

ODU BASKETBALL BREAKFAST The ODU basketball breakfast will be Friday, Feb.28 at 7:30 a.m. in the Big Blue Room of the Constant Center. For more information, please call Mark Benson at 683-5696.

NEXT GAME: Feb. 24 at George Mason 7:00 p.m.

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