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Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: January 29, 2002
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Jan. 29, 2002

OLD DOMINION MONARCHS AT JAMES MADISON
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, 7:00 p.m. JMU Convocation Ctr./ ESPN 1310Radio

ABOUT THE MONARCHS: 10-9 Overall/4-5 CAA
/7-4 Home/1-0 Neutral /2-5 Away
Last Game
* Rasheed Wright 21 points/ 7 rebounds
* Clay McGowen ten points/10 rebs
* Kiah Thomas 13 pts.
* ODU shot .460 from the floor/ W&M shot .288

HEAD COACH: Blaine Taylor (Montana '81)
* Top Assistant at Stanford the last three years
* 142-65 at Montana (1991-1998) - five 20+ win seasons.
* 384-156 in 18 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, 6-7, 225, Jr, Mebane, NC. 14.6 ppg/ 7.0 prg
F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 195, Jr., Greensboro, NC. 14.7 ppg/ 5.6 rpg
C 40 Clay McGowen, 6-11, 220, So, Westerville, OH. 5.9 ppg/ 5.6 rpg
G 13 Troy Nance, 5-9, 175, So., Va.Beach, Va. 7.7 ppg/ 4.5 apg
G 12 Pierre Greene, 6-2, 185, Sr, Chicago, IL. 9.8 ppg/3.0 rpg

TOP SUBSTITUTES
G 10 John Waller, 6-4, 175, So, Richmond, Va. 4.2 ppg./ 3.6 rpg
G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4,185, Fr., Norfolk, Va. 5.5 ppg/ 2.8 rpg
C 30 Charles Dunnington, 6-9, 220, So. Washington, DC. 3.0 ppg/ 3.5 rpg
G 11 Marcus Drewry, 6-2, 180,Jr., Evanston, IL. 0.4 ppg/ 0.8 apg
C 41 Joe Principe, 6-10, 225, So., Gladstone, MO. 0.7 ppg/ 0.9 rpg
F 33 James Smith, 6-7, 200, Fr., Norfolk, Va. 0.3 ppg/0.7 rpg

THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY
Jan. 30, 1999, Cal Bowdler scored 19 points and hauled in 12 boards and Reggie Bassette had 17 points with ten rebounds in the Monarchs 76-72 win at VCU.

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS Reggie Cofer, Alan Spainhour, Dave Davis

CAA GAMES TODAY:
W&M at Drexel, VCU at Delaware GMU at VCU

SERIES VS. JMU ODU leads the series, 36-20. Last year, JMU defeated the Monarchs, 57-49 at JMU. ODU defeated the Dukes, 80-63 in the fieldhouse.

First Meeting: 1971-72, ODU won 99-68.

ODU's last win in Harrisonburg, 1997-98, 61-60.

COMPARING TEAM STATS

		ODU		JMU
Scoring 67.6 70.6
FG% .410 .428
FT% .722 .681
3PT% .339 .367
Rebounds 37.5 39.0
FG Def. .416 .400
Scoring Def. 66.2 68.5
MONARCHS VS. CAA TEAMS
Delaware (3-0) Drexel (1-0) George Mason (24-7)
Hofstra (1-1) James Madison(36-20) UNCW(15-15)
Towson (8-0) VCU (32-28) W&M (46-12)

WRIGHT AND MARSH Rasheed Wright and Ricardo Marsh are the only two Monarchs who have started all 18 games...Marsh has 733 career points thus far.

MARCUS DREWRY Junior Marcus Drewry (Evanston, IL.) Missed the first half of the season recovering from surgery to repair an unhealed stress fracture in his right foot. Drewry was born in nearby Portsmouth, VA.. His mother Karen was a Virginia High School League All-Star. She once scored 68 points in a game, and in 1988 helped Hampton University win the NCAA Div. II National Championship. She is HU's fourth all-time assist leader with 352.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE PERFORMERS Ricardo Marsh vs. Coastal Carolina (21 pts/11 rebs) VCU (14 pts/12 rebs)
Rasheed Wright vs. Delaware State (18 pts/ 10 rebs)
Clay McGowen vs. East Carolina (15 pts/ 10 rebs)
W&M (10 pts/10 rebs)

AN ARTIST Sophomore center Charles Dunnington (Washington, DC.) is an art major and has one of his paintings in the lobby of Firestation #7 by the ODU campus.

MONARCH SCORING LEADERS THIS SEASON
Ricardo Marsh (7) Rasheed Wright (8)
McGowen & Waller (1) Nance & Greene (1)

MONARCH REBOUND LEADERS THIS SEASON
Ricardo Marsh (7)+
Clay McGowen (4)
Rasheed Wright (4)+
Dunnington +
Pierre Greene (2)
+ co leaders

INDIVIDUAL SEASON HIGHS (* Career Highs)

	Marsh			Wright		McGowen
Points *24 vs. Hampton *23 vs.at UNCW *15 at ECU
Rebs *12 vs. VCU 10 vs. Del.State *12 vs. UNCW
Assts: *7 vs. Coastal 4 vs. Sac. State *2 vs. ECU
FGM *10 vs. Hampton *8 vs. UNCW *5 vs. ECU
FTM *7-10 vs. Coastal 12-15 vs. VCU *5-7 vs. ECU
3PTM * 1 (4 times) 3-7 vs. ECU/UNCW 0-0

Waller Dunnington Drewry
Points *20 at UNLV *10 at GMU *3 vs. W&M
Rebs *10 vs. UNCW *7 vs. Va.Tech *2 at Hofstra
Assts *4 vs. UNCW 1 (3) times *2 vs. UNLV
FGM *4 vs. UNLV *5 at GMU *1 vs. W&M
FTM *3-4 vs.Del & NCW *3-4 vs. Sac.State 0
3PTM *4-6 vs. UNLV 0-0 *1-1 vs. W&M

Nance Greene Thomas
Points *18 vs. Coastal 24 vs. Drexel *16 vs. Memphis
Rebs *6 vs. Va.Tech 6 vs. Ill-Chicago * 6 at ECU
Assts 7 vs. CCC & NCW 7 vs. VCU *3 (7) times
FGM *5 vs. Coastal/Hoft. 8 vs. Drexel *6 vs. Memphis
FTM *7-9 vs. Coastal 6-9 vs. Drexel *4-4 vs. UIC
3PTM *4-7 at. GMU 2 (5) times *4-8 vs. Memphis

Others: Steals- Pierre Greene (7) at Towson (1 shy of school record ) Blocks: 5 by Clay McGowen vs. Memphis

TROY NANCE CAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK Troy Nance was named CAA Player of the Week on Dec. 17. He scored a career high 18 points (14 in the second half) with 7 assists and four steals in the Monarchs 81-67 victory over Coastal Carolina.

GREENE, THE FIRST TO GRADUATE : When Pierre Greene receives his diploma in May, he will be the first in his family to do so. The Senior guard Pierre Greene was selected to the CAA pre-season men's basketball All-CAA team by the league's head coaches and media in attendance at media day on Oct. 31 in Baltimore, MD. As a team, the Monarchs were picked to finish seventh. He has 808 career points.

WALK-ON'S: The Monarchs have two walk-ons in sophomore Andreas Themistocleous (Nicosia, Cyprus) and junior Samir Hickson (Collegeville, Pa.). Themistocoleous appeared in 15 games last year, including a career high seven points against Taylor's Stanford squad in the Puerto Rico Shootout. Hickson got into the Coastal Carolina game.

MONARCHS IN THE FIELDHOUSE: 113-16
Last year, ODU was 6-1
UNCW has beaten ODU three times

BEST YEAR BY YEAR RECORDS IN THE FIELDHOUSE
14-0 in 1974-75 (Div. II National Champions)
11-0 in 1976-77 (First Div. I team/ NIT)
13-1 in 1975-76 (Div. II Final Four)
13-1 in 1973-74 (Div. II Regional Finals)
12-2 in 1970-71 (Div. II Championship Game)

GLOBAL SPECTRUM TO MANAGE CONSTANT CENTER Old Dominion University has selected the Philadelphia based firm Global Spectrum to manage the 8,600 seat Constant Convocation Center, which is slated to open in late fall of 2002. The highly regarded company provides management for public assembly facilities across the country, most notably the First Union Center, which is home to the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, as well as facilities at Temple, South Carolina and Rhode Island.

CENTER CONSTRUCTION UPDATE:
* General Contractor, S.B. Ballard is ahead of schedule
* Construction is over 55% complete.
* The arena roof long span trusses that will support a four-sided scoreboard With jumbo-tron video screens on each side have been installed.
* Installation of the sound attenuating arena steal roof decking has begun. This System will help improve the quality and clarity of the sound system.
* The building is expected to be completely weather tight by March.

DEFENSE 18 Monarch opponents have shot under 50 percent from the floor. Virginia Tech was held to .298 shooting, & W&M to .288, the lowest since ODU held American to .259 shooting in 1996. The Hokies scored 19 points in the first half, the lowest since VMI was held to11 in 1982. ECU shot .333 Only Hampton has shot over 50 percent. They hit .582 for the game.

When ODU Does the Following:

MON		TUE		WED		THU	FRI	SAT	SUN
3-0 1-1 0-3 0-1 0-1 6-2 0-1

Leading at Halftime: 8-4

Tied at Halftime: 0-1

Trailing at Halftime: 2-4

The Monarchs were 3-4 in December and 3-1 in November

January :4-4

Scoring: 51- 60 Points 3-1
61-70 Points: 3-5
71-80 Points: 3-3
81-90 Points: 1-0
90-100 Points: 0-0

Outrebounds Opponents: 8-3

Opponents Outrebounds ODU:2-6

MONARCHS SIGN TWO IN EARLY PERIOD Isaiah Hunter, 6-3 G, Charlotte, NC., Independence High School Scored 32 points in a game last week and was named Scholastic Player of the Week by the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. Janko Mrksic, 6-10, 250, C, Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, Bishop Ryan High School

MOVING UP THE STEALS LIST Pierre Greene has 139 career steals, tying him with Charlie Smith ('85) and Tommy Conrad ('79) for tenth spot on the ODU all-time list.

MONARCH CAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS

Individual
Scoring: Marsh 8th 14.6
Wright 6th 14.7
FG PCT: Marsh 3rd .486
FT PCT: Wright 2nd .816
REBS: Marsh 8th 7.0
ASST: Nance 4th 4.5
Steals: Greene 5th 1.7
Nance 6th 1.6
Blocked Shots: McGowen 6th 1.2

Team
Scoring: 5th 67.6
FG PCT: 7th .410
3PT FG: 3rd .339
Rebs: 7th 37.5
Scoring Def: 3rd 66.2
FT PCT: 1st .722
FG PCT Def: 6th .416
3PT FG Def: 3rd .311
Assists: 2nd 15.0
Blocks 4th 4.5
Steals: 3rd 7.3

BLAINE TAYLOR'S RADIO CALL IN SHOW Every Thursday afternoon from 5-6 p.m. on ESPN 1310 radio with host John Castleberry.... Fans can also e-mail questions to Taylor at www.odusports.com

MONARCH ASSISTANTS
Kenny Gattison (ODU'86) Sun Belt Conference All-Decade Team and League Player of the Year in 1986.
Larry Krystkowiak (Montana '86) Three-Time Big Sky Player of the Year and Academic All-American. *Both played nine years in the NBA.

CAA TELECONFERENCE CALL Begins Tuesday Jan. 8. Blaine Taylor is on at 10:30...Call 888-935-0164..Members of the media should contact Tripp Sheppard at the CAA office for the password to access the call.

CURRENT ALUMNI MONARCHS IN NBA Mark West ('83) Assistant General Manager with Phoenix Suns (Played 17 years in the NBA)
Cal Bowdler ('99) In third season with Atlanta Hawks Current Avg:3.9 ppg/ 3.1 rpg (14 pts at Phila./ 6 rebs vs. MIL.) Chris Gatling ('91) Now with the Miami Heat.
(NBA All-Star in 1997) current avg:7.5 ppg/ 4.5 rpg NOTE: Skipper Youngblood ('2000) is playing for Roanoke in the NBA Developmental league

NEXT GAME:
Feb. 2 at Delaware 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 vs. Towson at 7:35 p.m. (Comcast Sportsnet)

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