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Monarchs Host Delaware In Early Season First Place Battle

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Release: January 14, 2003
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Jan. 14, 2003

OLD DOMINION MONARCHS VS DELAWARE BLUE HENS
Wednesday, January 15, 2003, 7:00 p.m. Ted Constant Convocation Center

ABOUT THE MONARCHS: (6-6/3-1)
* Defeated William & Mary Saturday, 76-64
* Ricardo Marsh scored 20 with 11 boards/ Rasheed Wright 20 also scored 20 pts.
* Defeated UNC Wilmington a week ago Wednesday, 67-57
* Ended UNCW's 10-game home win streak & ODU's 7-game losing streak to UNCW
* Rasheed Wright scored 15 with 3 steals/ Ricardo Marsh scored 10 with nine boards
* John Waller added 14 and nine boards.
* ODU outrebounded UNCW, 41-26.
* ODU has won four of its last five games.
* ODU was 13-16 last season.

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. 16.5ppg/ 8.8 rpg F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 210, Sr., Greensboro, NC. 16.7 ppg/5.1 rpg C 40 Alex Loughton, 6-9, 235, Fr., Perth Australia 9.8 ppg/6.3 rpg G 10 John Waller, 6-4, 185, Jr., Richmond, VA. 9.3 ppg/ 4.7 rpg G 01 Isaiah Hunter, 6-2, 160, Fr., Charlotte, NC. 5.5 ppg/ 2.8 apg OR 13 Troy Nance, 5-10, 175, Jr., Va. Beach, Va. 4.3 ppg/ 4.0 apg

TOP SUBSTITUTES G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, 190, So., Norfolk, VA. 2.5 ppg/ 1.6 rpg G 3 John Morris, 6-1, Fr., Camp Hill, PA. 1.5 ppg/ 1.0 rpg C 55 Janko Mrksic, 6-10, 270, Fr., Ontario, Canada 1.2 ppg/ 1.7 rpg F 4 T.J. Waldon, 6-4, 214, Lakeland, FL. 3.4 ppg/ 2.7 rpg

THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY Jan. 15, 1973. In front of 12,153 spectators in the Dayton Arena, ODU defeats Dayton, 77-72 as Ricky Michaelson scores 31 points.

Jan. 15, 1990, Anthony Carver scores 37 points and hauls in 17 rebounds as the Monarchs defeat Sun Belt Conference rival South Alabama in overtime, 94-85 in Mobile, AL.

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS James Luckie, Keith Maxwell, Orlandis Poole

A ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONORS: Nov. 25th, freshman Alex Loughton who grabbed eight rebounds and scored 13 points against North Carolina, was named CAA Rookie of the Week.

CAA GAMES TODAY: VCU at George Mason 7:00 p.m. Hofstra at Towson 7:00 p.m. UNC Wilmington at James Madison 7:00 p.m. William and Mary at Drexel 7:00 p.m.

SERIES VS. DELAWARE ODU leads, 3-1.

First Meeting: 1972-73, ODU won 83-75 (A) Last Meeting: 2001-02, ODU won 60-58 in the fieldhouse Delaware won, 75-70 in Carpenter Center

ODU also defeated the Blue Hens, 92-80 in 1973-74 in the fieldhouse.

COMPARING STATS ODU UD Scoring 67.5 68.9 FG% .411 .414 3PT % .318 .332 FT% .729 .715 REBS 38.5 35.6 Scoring Def. 65.3 68.2

MONARCHS VS. CAA TEAMS Delaware 3-1 Drexel 1-1 George Mason 24-8 Hofstra 2-1 James Madison 37-21 Towson 9-1 VCU 32-31 UNC Wilmington 16-15 William & Mary 48-12

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: 20, 82-62 vs. Maryland- Eastern Shore, 12-14-02 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: (28-56).500 vs. UMES, 12-14-02 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: 22 at Towson, Jan. 14, 2002 Committed 10 or less turnovers: 9 vs. Delaware, Jan. 7, 02 ODU won four our more games on the road: 1998-99(7-5 + 5-2 in neutral games).

LAST TIME AN ODU INDIVIDUAL DID THIS Scored 30 or points: 32, by Mark Poag at George Mason, 2-21-98 Grabbed 10 or more rebounds: 12 by Marsh vs. GW, 12-28-02 Grabbed 15 or more rebounds: 23 by Clifton Jones, vs. UNCW Feb. , 2001 Had 10 or more assists:10, by Pierre Greene vs. JMU in 2002 Performed the double-double: Ricardo Marsh at GW (25/12) 12-28-02 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: 25, by Rasheed Wright vs. ECU. Most Points by an Opp: 21 by Tee Trotter(UMES), 12-14-02 Most Rebounds: 11 by Ricardo Marsh vs. ECU & vs. W&M 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) Best Free Throw PCT: 1000(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: 5, by Raymond Felton of UNC, & Ramod Marshall/Mark Jones of Dayton (12-20-02). Most ODU Assists: 9, by Troy Nance vs. Dayton, (12-20-02) Most ODU Steals: 3, by Rasheed Wright vs. Campbell, & Ricardo Marsh vs. Dayton (12-20-02). Best ODU Field Goal %: .531 vs. Campbell 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 %: .400 by ECU Most ODU Rebounds: 46, vs ECU Most OPP Rebounds: 35 by North Carolina & Dayton Most ODU Assists: 20 vs. UMES (12-14-02) Most OPP Assists: 15 by Dayton, (12-20-02) Most ODU Points Scored: 82, vs. UMES (12-14-02) Most OPP Points Scored: 75, by ECU (12-07-02) Attendance: 8,424 (Sellout) vs. UNC (11-24-02)

MONARCH CAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS Individual Scoring: Marsh 6th 16.5 Wright 5th 16.7 FG PCT: Marsh 6th .481 FT PCT: Wright 6th .803 3PT FGPCT: Wright 2nd .429 REBS: Marsh 4th 8.8 Loughton 12th 6.3 ASST: Hunter 15th 2.8 Nance 5th 4.0 Off Rebs Loughton 3rd 3.5 Def. Rebs Marsh 2nd 5.8

Team Scoring: 4th 68.5 FG PCT: 9th .411 3PT FG: 8th .318 Rebs: 3rd 38.5 Scoring Def: 3rd 65.3 FT PCT: 1st .729 FG PCT Def: 7th .427 3PT FG Def: 8th .338 Assists: 4th 14.6 Blocks 7th 2.8 Steals: 4th 8.3 Reb. Margin 2nd +6.6

MILESTONES Ricardo Marsh has 1098 career points and 569 career rebounds...He is the 37th Monarch to break the 1,000 career point mark. Marsh currently ranks 30th on the ODU all-time scoring list. Rasheed Wright has 982 career points.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW Mark Poag - Spain (LEB League) Cal Bowdler - Italy A1 Division Odell Hodge - Belgium Chris Gatling - Russia - First Division Petey Sessoms - Isreal - First Division Reggie Bassette - Isreal - First Division

MONARCH ASSISTANT Kenny Gattison (ODU'86) Sun Belt Conference All-Decade Team and League Player of the Year in 1986.

ODU'S RECORD WHEN... Mon:(0-0) Tues.:(1-0) Wed: (1-1) Thu:(1-0) Fri:(0-1) Sat: (3-2) Sun:(0-2)

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

Leading at Halftime: 6-0 Trailing at Halftime: 0-6 Tied at Halftime: 0-0

Shooting 50 % or Better: 3-0 Shooting 40-49%: 2-1 Shooting below 40%: 1-5

Outrebounds Opponents:5-4 Equal Number of Rebounds: 1-0

ODU Commits More Turnovers:2-2 ODU Commits Less Turnovers: 4-3

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 3-1 T1st 105-68

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

DID YOU KNOW Odell Hodge ('97) is only one of 75 Division I players to score over 2,000 points and haul in over 1,000 career rebounds. He scored 2117 career points and hauled in 1086 career rebounds. The only other players in Virginia Collegiate Div. I history to do so are Ralph Sampson (Virginia) with 2225 points and 1511 rebounds, Kenny Sanders (George Mason) with 2177 points and 1026 rebounds, and Jeff Cohen (William and Mary) 2003 points, 1380 rebounds.

Oliver Purnell ('75) has been named assistant coach for the 2003 USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team which will participate in the 2003 FIBA Americas Qualification Tournament for the 2004 Olympic games. Larry Brown will serve as head coach.

Mike Jones ('95) is the new head basketball coach at DeMatha High School in Maryland.

Mark West ('83) Assistant General Manager with Phoenix Suns (Played 17 years in the NBA)

SUMMER ACTIVITIES Rasheed Wright interned this summer in the office of University Relations.. Joe Principe interned in the ODU Athletic Media Relations office, and Ricardo Marsh attended Pete Newell's "Big Man Camp".

NEXT GAME: Jan. 18 at Hofstra, 1:00 p.m.

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