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Release: February 28, 2003
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Feb. 28, 2003

OLD DOMINION MONARCHS VS HOFSTRA PRIDE
Saturday, March 1, 2003, 7:00 p.m. Ted Constant Convocation Center

ABOUT THE MONARCHS: (11-14/8-9) Final Home game for seniors Rasheed Wright & Ricardo Marsh. * Lost at George Mason, 69-52 on Monday * Rasheed Wright only Monarch in double figures, 11 pts. * ODU shot .313 from the floor * Lost at Delaware, 73-63 last Saturday. * Ricardo Marsh scored 18 points and 8 rebs * Alex Loughton scored 14 pts and 7 rebs. * ODU shot .356 from the floor. * Monarchs have lost three straight.

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. 17.2 ppg/ 8.5 rpg F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 210, Sr., Greensboro, NC. 14.7 ppg/ 5.3 rpg C 40 Alex Loughton, 6-9, 235, Fr., Perth Australia 8.4 ppg/ 6.1 rpg G 10 John Waller, 6-4, 185, Jr. Richmond, VA. 8.2 ppg/ 4.6 rpg G 13 Troy Nance, 5-10, 175, Jr., Va. Beach, Va. 4.0 ppg/ 4.8 apg

TOP SUBSTITUTES G 1 Isaiah Hunter, 6-2, 160, Fr, Charlotte, NC. 6.1 ppg/ 2.1 rpg G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, 190, So., Norfolk, VA. 2.8 ppg/ 1.5 rpg G 3 John Morris, 6-1, Fr., Camp Hill, PA. 1.9 ppg/ 1.0 rpg C 55 Janko Mrksic, 6-10, 270, Fr., Ontario, Canada 1.3 ppg/ 2.1 rpg F 4 T.J. Waldon, 6-4, 214,Fr., Lakeland, FL. 2.9 ppg/ 2.6 rpg

THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY March 1, 1980, ODU defeats Navy 62-51 in overtime in the ECAC South Finals at the Hampton Coliseum to earn the school's first NCAA Division I automatic bid.

ODU/CAA TOURNAMENT SCENARIO *ODU wins tiebreaker with JMU based on split of season series & ODU's wins over UNCW * Delaware wins all ties with ODU and JMU & will be 5th if they win based on head-to-head. * If Delaware loses to Towson and ODU wins, ODU gets 5th. * If all UD, ODU, & JMU are tied at either (9-9 or 8-10), the order would be; Delaware (5th), ODU (6th) and JMU 7th. * At #2 VCU holds the tie-breaker edge with Drexel at either 13-5 or 12-6.

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS Manny Upton, Chuck Pitts, Dwayne Gladden

SHOOTING PERCENTAGE The.542 shooting from the floor vs. UNCW was the first in CAA play the Monarchs have shot 50 percent or better. ODU has shot 50 percent or better three times (Campbell,UMES, GW). The .313 at GMU was the second lowest of the season (.292 vs. North Carolina)

ALL DISTRICT Senior Ricardo Marsh was selected by the NABC to the first team All-District Four squad.

NABC ALL DISTRICT 4 SQUAD (1st team) (Second Team) Mike Sweetney(Georgetown) Tony Dobbins(Richmond) Chris Monroe (George Washington) Ronald Blackshear (Marshall) Drew Schifino (West Virginia) Bryant Matthews (Va. Tech) Ricardo Marsh (ODU) Willie Taylor (VCU) Adam Hess (W&M) Terry Taylor (VA. Tech)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS: Jan. 21. Ricardo Marsh shares the honor with UNCW's Craig Callahan. Marsh averaged 28.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals during the week against Delaware and Hofstra. He scored a career high 30 points vs Delaware and 27 vs. Hofstra.

Jan. 14, Senior Rasheed Wright who averaged 17.5 points , 5.5 rebounds, and 2.5 Steals in ODU's victories over UNC Wilmington and William and Mary was named CAA Player of the Week.

A ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONORS: Jan. 27th, freshman Isaiah Hunter averaged 12 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.5 Assists in ODU's wins over GMU and JMU. He scored a career high 17 against the Patriots.

Nov. 25th, freshman Alex Loughton who grabbed eight rebounds and scored 13 points against North Carolina, was named CAA Rookie of the Week. Feb. 18th, was again named Rookie of the Week after 13 points and 9 rebs vs. UNCW and 13 pts and six rebounds vs. Towson.

CAA GAMES TODAY: George Mason at Drexel 1:00 VCU at UNC Wilmington 4:00 Delaware at Towson 7:00 James Madison at WM 7:00

SERIES VS. HOFSTRA Tied at 2-2

First Meeting:1993-94 ODU wins, 92-66 in UC Santa Barbara Tournament 2001-02: L at 67-66 W 69-53

Last Meeting Jan. 18, 2003, Hofstra 69, ODU 65 at Hofstra Rick Apodaca scored a career high 34 points with five assists and four steals to lead the Pride. Apodaca hit 5-10 shots from three-point range. Ricardo Marsh led ODU with 27 points and eight rebounds and Kiah Thomas came off the bench to add 11 points. Kenny Adeleke scored 18 and hauled in eight rebounds. Hofstra outrebounded ODU, 34-31. ODU committed 16 turnovers, while Hofstra committed 24.

COMPARING STATS ODU Hofstra Scoring 66.8 64.7 FG% .401 .413 3PT % .312 .328 FT% .713 .587 REBS 38.0 41.0 Scoring Def. 65.5 70.4

MONARCHS VS. CAA TEAMS Delaware 3-3 Drexel 2-2 George Mason 25-9 Hofstra 2-2 James Madison 38-22 Towson 10-1 VCU 32-32 UNC Wilmington 17-15 William & Mary 48-13

Leading at Halftime:11-4 Trailing at Halftime: 0-9 Tied at Halftime: 0-1

Shooting 50 % or Better: 4-0 Shooting 40-49%: 6-2 Shooting below 40%: 1-12

Outrebounds Opponents:9-9 Equal Number of Rebounds: 1-0

ODU Commits More Turnovers:3-4 ODU Commits Less Turnovers: 8-9

DOUBLE-DOUBLE PERFORMANCES Ricardo Marsh 5 (GW, VCU, W&M-1, UNCW-2, TU-1) Rasheed Wright 1 (Delaware Alex Loughton 1 (Maryland E-Shore) John Waller 1 (Delaware)

DOUBLE FIGURE PERFORMERS Ricardo Marsh 22 of 25 games * NOTE: Marsh's streak of 17 straight double figure games ended vs. Drexel. Rasheed Wright 22 of 25 games John Waller 8 Alex Loughton 8 Isaiah Hunter 5 Kiah Thomas 2 Troy Nance 1

TEN OR MORE REBOUNDS PER GAME Ricardo Marsh 6 Alex Loughton 1 Rasheed Wright 1 John Waller 1

FIVE OR MORE ASSISTS Troy Nance 14 John Morris 1 John Waller 1 Ricardo Marsh 1

20 OR MORE POINTS IN A GAME Ricardo Marsh 9 Rasheed Wright 5

LEADING SCORER Ricardo Marsh 13 Rasheed Wright 11

LEADING REBOUNDER Ricardo Marsh 17 Rasheed Wright 3 Alex Loughton 4 John Waller 2

ODU DYNAMIC DUO Ricardo Marsh and Rasheed Wright have scored 20 or more points in the same game three times this year. Dayton (Marsh 24/Wright 21) W&M-1 (Marsh 20/ Wright 20) UNCW-2 (Marsh 22/ Wright 23)

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: 22, 73-51 at Towson (2-15-03) 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: 542 (26-48) vs. UNCW, Feb. 12, 2003 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: 20, Jan. 8, 03 at UNCW Committed 10 or less turnovers: 9 vs Towson (2-15-03) ODU won four our more games on the road: 1998-99(7-5 + 5-2 in neutral games).

IN CAA GAMES Ricardo Marsh is averaging 17.6 ppg and 8.7 rebounds per game. Rasheed Wright is averaging 13.9 ppg/ and 5.3 rebounds per game Wright has 35 steals in 17 games for a 2.1 average. Troy Nance is averaging 5.4 assists per game.

LAST TIME AN ODU INDIVIDUAL DID THIS Scored 30 or points: Ricardo Marsh, 30 vs. Delaware, Jan. 15, 03. Grabbed 10 or more rebounds: 11 by Marsh vs. UNCW, Feb. 12, 2003 Grabbed 15 or more rebounds: 23 by Clifton Jones, vs. UNCW Feb. , 2001 Had 10 or more assists:11, by Troy Nance vs. Delaware, Jan. 15, 03. Performed the double-double: John Waller (14 pts/11 rebs) vs. Drexel (2-19) 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: 30, by Ricardo Marsh vs. Delaware, Jan. 15, 03. Most Points by an Opp: 21 by Tee Trotter(UMES), 12-14-02 Most Field Goals Made: 12 by Ricardo Marsh vs. Delaware, Jan. 15, 2003. Most Rebounds: 11 by Ricardo Marsh vs. ECU & vs. W&M & UNCW 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) & (9-9) vs JMU, Jan. 25, 03. Fewest Team Free Throws: 5-8 vs. Drexel (2-19-03) Best Free Throw PCT: 1000 (9-9) by Rasheed Wright vs JMU (1-25-03) & (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:9, Mike Slattery of Delaware (Jan. 15, 03). Most ODU Assists: 11 by Troy Nance vs. Delaware, (Jan. 15, 03) Most ODU Steals: 4, by John Waller vs. VCU (2-1-03) Most OPP Blocked Shots: 5, by Robert Battle (2-19-03) Best ODU Field Goal %: .542 (26-48) vs. UNCW, Feb. 12. 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 %: .429 (9-21) by Delaware, Jan. 15, 03. Most ODU Rebounds: 50 vs. Delaware, Jan. 15, 03. Most OPP Rebounds: 36 by Delaware, Jan. 15, 03. Most ODU Assists: 20 vs. UMES (12-14-02) Most OPP Assists: 16 by VCU (2-1-03) Most Opp Turnovers: 21 by JMU (1-25-03) Most ODU Points Scored: 82, vs. UMES (12-14-02) Most OPP Points Scored: 75, by ECU (12-07-02) & Delaware (1-15-03) Fewest ODU Points Scored: 59 vs. North Carolina and GMU. Fewest OPP Points Scored: 43, by Campbell (11-26-02) Attendance: 8,424 (Sellout) vs. UNC (11-24-02) 8,418 vs. VCU (2-2-03) First Overtime Game: ODU vs. Delaware, UD wins 75-74.

WINNING ON THE ROAD ODU is 4-8 overall, equaling the four road wins all last year. ODU is 3-6 in CAA road games

MONARCH CAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS Individual Scoring: Marsh 4th 17.2 Wright 11h 14.7 FG PCT: Marsh 5th .476 FT PCT: Wright 6th .796 3PT FGPCT: Wright 6th .379 REBS: Marsh 3rd 8.5 Loughton 12th 6.1 ASST: Nance 2nd 4.7 ASST/TO: Nance 3rd 2.24 STEALS Wright 7th 1.8 Off Rebs Loughton 4th 3.1 Marsh 6th 2.9 Def. Rebs Marsh 3rd 5.5

Team Scoring: 6th 66.8 FG PCT: 10th .401 3PT FG: 9th .312 Rebs: 3rd 38.0 Scoring Def: 3rd 65.5 FT PCT: 2ndt .713 FG PCT Def: 7th .431 3PT FG Def: 9th .357 Assists: 3rd 14.2 Blocks 7th 2.8 Steals: 2nd 8.3 Reb. Margin 3rd +4.5

MILESTONES Ricardo Marsh has 1330 career points and 675 career rebounds...He is the 38th Monarch to break the 1,000 career point mark (vs. Dayton). Marsh currently ranks 20th on the ODU all-time scoring list, and 15th on the ODU all-time rebounding list. Rasheed Wright became the 39th Monarch to reach the 1,000 point plateau (vs. Hofstra). He now has 1150 career points, and ranks him 28th.

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

NEXT GAME: CAA Tournament in Richmond, VA.

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