Monarchs Host Virginia Tech Friday Night At 7 P.M.

December 27, 2005
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Dec. 27, 2005

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The ODU Monarchs (7-4) will host the Hokies of Virginia Tech (8-3) Friday at 7 p.m. in the Constant Convocation Center. The game can be seen on Comcast.

Virginia Tech leads, 12-6
First Meeting: 1972-73, VT wins, 81-80 in Kiwanis ODU-Classic
Last Meeting: 2003-04, ODU wins 94-92 in overtime in Blacksburg.
Note: This is the Hokies first game vs. ODU in the Constant Center, but not the first ever. The Hokies played ECU here in 2002- 03.

ODU is 13-41 vs. ACC teams. The Monarchs are 1-0 vs. Clemson and Florida State; 1-4 vs. Maryland; 4-8 vs. Virginia; 6-12 vs. Virginia Tech; 0-2 vs. Duke, NC State and Georgia Tech; 0-1 vs. Miami; 0-3 vs. Wake Forest; 0-7 vs. North Carolina.ODU is 56-35 vs. Conference USA teams. Earlier this year, ODU defeated East Carolina, 79-53. The Monarchs are 34-14 vs. ECU, 6-0 vs. Southern Mississippi; 3-3 vs. Marshall; 2-1 vs. Tulane, 1-0 vs. Central Florida and Rice; 1-1 vs. SMU; 0-1 vs. Memphis and Tulsa.

ODU lost its last two road games, 61-58 to Richmond in overtime and 85-57 at UAB.

Dec. 30, 1975. All-American Wilson Washington hauls in 21 rebounds in ODU's loss to Brigham Young in the finals of the ODU Kiwanis Classic at Scope.

Larry Rose, Duke Edsall and Brian Dorsey

Senior Isaiah Hunter became the 41st Monarch to break the 1,000 career point mark. He did it in the first half of the VMI game and now has 1112 career points (ranks 32nd).
Alex Loughton has 1332 career points and 767 career rebounds. He currently ranks 21st, just ahead of Mark West and 18 shy of Ricardo Marsh. He and 14th on the ODU all-time rebound list, passing Anthony Carver (`91).


Radio: For the 13th straight season ESPN1310 Radio will be broadcasting all the Monarch contests. John Castleberry will be providing the play-by-play with Rick Kiefner and Billy Mann adding the color commentary at all home games and selected Away contests.

Internet: The official Old Dominion athletics website is at which carries the most up-to-date information on the Monarchs. Bios, game stories, stats and box scores can be found along with game notes the morning of the scheduled contests. The live ESPN1310 Radio broadcast of all Monarch games can be heard over the web. All home nontelevised games will be videostreamed this season on the athletic website, Fans can watch the games live from the Constant Center for a monthly fee of $6.95 through the College Pass program which Also provides the audio and video broadcasts of over 100 colleges and universities.

Coaches Show: Head Coach Blaine Taylor will join John Castleberry live on ESPN1310 Radio on Monday's from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. throughout the season to review the previous week's games and give an insight into the upcoming Monarch matchups.

CAA Telephonic Press Conferences: Members of the media are invited to participate in the CAA's weekly telephonic press conference series. The first call will be Jan. 3 and run each Tuesday morning through Feb. 28. CAA coaches will be available to answer questions beginning at 10:10 a.m. The number to call is 1-888-677-9010. Members of the media should contact Tripp Sheppard at the CAA office for the password to access the call. Blaine Taylor will be on each call at 10:30 a.m.

This year's co-captains are Alex Loughton and Drew Williamson.

The Monarchs signed Marsharee Neely, a 6-2, 180-pound guard from Page High School in Greensboro, NC. As a junior Neely earned first team All-Metro Conference Honors. He was named first team All-Area, and All-City as he averaged 18.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. Page High School compiled a 18-9 record, finished second in the Metro Conference and reached the final 16 of the State 4A tournament.