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ODU Travels To Richmond for CAA Opener

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: December 06, 2000
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Old Dominion begins the CAA conference season in Richmond, Va. tonight against the Spiders, who are 3-1 thus far this season.

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000 Robins Center
ESPN 1310 Radio 7:30 p.m.
The Monarchs:
Overall:1-6
Home:1-1:
Away:0-3
CAA:0-0
Neutral:0-2

LAST GAME: The Monarchs lost to North Carolina State Saturday night, 87-78. Andre McCullum led ODU with a season high 23 points and seven rebounds. Ricardo Marsh added 16 points and freshman Troy Nance scored a career high 11 points and dished out ten assists. ODU outrebounded NCST, 31-28 and committed only 11 turnovers (four in the second half). The Wolfpack shot.650 for the game, while ODU shot .439.

JEFF CAPEL-HEAD COACH: (Fayetteville State '77), is in his seventh year at the helm of the Monarchs. He is 189-150 in his12th season and 110-85 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 	10.6ppg/ 3.7 rpg
F 21 Ricardo Marsh      6-7    215  So.  Mebane, NC. 		10.6ppg/ 4.1 rpg
C 30 Charles Dunnington 6-10   215  Fr.  Washington, DC.	 2.3 ppg/ 2.0 rpg
G 12 Pierre Greene      6-2    180  Jr   Chicago, ILL. 		10.9ppg/3.5 apg
G 13 Troy Nance         5-9    170  Fr.  Va. Beach, Va. 	 4.6ppg/5.1 apg

TOP SUBSTITUTES
G 23 Michael Williams   6-0    170  Sr   Thomasville, Ga.        6.1ppg/2.3 rpg
F 34 Clifton Jones      6-7    225  Sr.  Pleasantville, NJ.      5.7 ppg/6.7 rpg
F 22 Rasheed Wright     6-5    190  So.  Greensboro, NC.        10.0ppg/5.4 rpg
C 41 Joe Principe       6-9    220  Fr.  Gladstone, MO.          4.2ppg/ 3.0 rpg
C 03 Aron McMillian     6-8    250  Jr.  Greensboro, NC.         2.0ppg/1.2 rpg
G 15 Heath Burris       6-4    185  Sr   Va. Beach, Va.          4.5ppg/ 1.2 rpg

THIS DAY IN ODU ATHLETIC HISTORY:
On Dec 6, 1957, Leo Anthony hit 16 of 19 free throws as the then Norfolk Division defeated the Univ. of Baltimore, 80-66...On Dec. 6, 1966, ODU defeats Catholic U., 86-78.

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS:
Larry Rose, Alan Spainhour, Bill Humes

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. RICHMOND:
ODU leads, 26-17. Richmond won two of three games last year. ODU won the first meeting in Scope, 60-58, UR came back to win in the Robins Center, 56-55 and then in the CAA Tournament, 67-55.

CAPEL VS. Richmond:     10-4

ODU vs. CAA TEAMS :
American       		19-12     
East Carolina  		30-12                
George Mason  		23-5
James Madison  		35-19     
UNC Wilmington 		15-10 
Richmond      		26-17
VCU            		31-26     
William & Mary      	43-11

LAST TIME ODU STARTED 1-6: 1940-41

CURRENT LOSING STREAK: Longest since 1997-98 (7 straight)

RECORD AT FIELDHOUSE: (1-0)
3-2 in 199-00      
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   (0-1)
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
                                              
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        
3 pts vs. Stanford & G.Webb

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

Heath Burris    
13 pts vs. AU PR.

JONES HITTING THE BOARDS: Clifton Jones leads the team in rebounding and has been the Monarchs top rebounder in four of the seven games.

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   	6.7
Off.Rebounds   	Clifton Jones       2nd       	3.29
Blocks         	Clifton Jones       7th       	1.29
Assists  	Pierre Greene       9th   	3.67

Team
Scoring Offense          7th 	72.1
Scoring Defense          8th 	75.4
Free Throw Pct.          8th 	62.7
Field Goal Pct.          7th 	.422
Field Goal Pct. Def.     9th    .487
3PT FG PCT.              3rd 	.367
Rebounding               4th 	37.3
Blocked Shots       	 4th  	3.86
Assists                  8th  	13.1
Steals                   7th 	6.71
Off Rebounds             1st 	15.57
Def. Rebounds            6th  	21.67

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

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.

MONARCH WEBSITE: www.odusports.com CAA: caasports.com NEXT GAME: Old Dominion hosts Kansas State Saturday night in Scope at 7:35 p.m.

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