VCU Defeats Monarchs, 73-64
Jan. 4, 2003
NORFOLK, VA. -- Virginia Commonwealth placed five players in double figures to defeat the Monarchs, 73-64. VCU is now 7-3 overall and 2-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association. ODU is 4-6 overall, and 1-1 in the CAA.
The Monarchs were led by its dynamic duo of Ricardo Marsh (Mebane, NC.) and Rasheed Wright (Greensboro, NC.). Marsh scored 13 points and hauled in a career high 14 rebounds, while Wright scored 16 points and had three steals. Richmond, VA., native John Waller chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds. ODU shot .371 from the floor and outrebounded the Rams 40-38.
The Rams broke out to a 16-point lead, 40-24 with 4:15 left in the first half thanks to .630 shooting (17-27) from the floor. Dominic Jones scored 11 and Willie Taylor added ten during the first half. The Monarchs cut that lead to six by halftime as Troy Nance (Va. Beach, VA.) hit two three pointers.
In the second half VCU built the lead up to nine at 53-44 with 14:31 left. ODU cut it to one at 52-53 on two Rasheed Wright free throws, then took the lead at 54-53 with 10:44 left on a tip in by T.J. Waldon (Lakeland, FL.).
The Rams built the lead back to ten at 64-54 with 7:44 left, but ODU cut it to four (67-61) with 3:36 remaining in the game on a layup by Ricardo Marsh (Mebane, NC.). The Rams held on for victory as Antoine Willie hit four free throws and Dominic Jones hit two free throws.
Dominic Jones led VCU with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Emanueal Mathis scored 14, Troy Godwin 12, Willie Taylor and Antoine Willie added ten points each. The Rams finished the night shooting .491 (27-55) from the floor.
The Monarchs hit the road on Wednesday to take on defending CAA Champion UNC Wilmington at 7 p.m. in Trask Coliseum.