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Monarchs Host Hampton Tuesday Night

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: December 17, 2001
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Dec. 17, 2001

ABOUT THE MONARCHS: 6-2 Overall/4-1 Home/1-0 Nuetral/1-1 Away
* Defeated Coastal Carolina, 81-67
* Ricardo Marsh scored 21 points, career high 11 rebounds, 7 assists.
* Troy Nance scored a career high 18 points with 7 assists, 4 steals.
(CAA Player of The Week)
* ODU outrebounded Coastal, 40-33.
* Lost to #12 Memphis & George Washington

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. 13.9 ppg/ 6.5 prg
F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 195, Jr., Greensboro, NC. 13.6 ppg/ 5.0 rpg
C 30 Charles Dunnington, 6-9, 220, So.,Washington,DC 2.6 ppg/ 3.6 rpg
G 12 Pierre Greene, 6-2, 185, Sr, Chicago, IL. 9.3 ppg/ 3.3 rpg
G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, 185, Fr., Norfolk, Va. 6.6 ppg/ 3.5 rpg
OR 13 Troy Nance, 5-9, 175, So., Va. Beach, Va. 8.1 ppg/ 4.6 apg

TOP SUBSTITUTES
F 01 Andreas Themistocleous, So, Nicosia, Cyprus 0.3 ppg/ 0.6 rpg
G 10 John Waller, 6-4,175, So., Richmond, Va. 5.3 ppg/ 1.8 rpg
C 40 Clay McGowen, 6-11, 220, So, Westerville, OH. 6.9 ppg/ 5.5 rpg
C 41 Joe Principe, 6-10, 225, So., Gladstone, MO. 1.1 ppg/ 1.3 rpg

THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY
Dec. 18, 1987...Garrick Davis' layup with two seconds left lifted the Monarchs to a 74-72 victory over Virginia in the first round of the Richmond Times Dispatch Tournament. Davis finished with 24 points and Anthony Carver added 15 points. In 1975, ODU Sports Hall of Famer Jeff Furhmann scored 22 points and All-American Wilson Washington added 15 points and ten rebounds to lead ODU to a 85-83 win over Georgia Southern.

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS
Leslie Jones, Emanuel Upton, Ben Vasconcells

CAA GAMES TODAY:
Gardner Webb at VCU, Northeastern at Drexel.

GAME TIME CHANGE:
*The ODU-W&M game on Jan. 26 originally scheduled for 12 noon has been moved 7 p.m. and will be televised on Comcast Sportsnet..

*The ODU-UNLV game on Dec. 30 will now start at 7 p.m. pacific and 10 p.m. Eastern time. Originally was scheduled for 7:30 pacific and 10:30 ET.

GREENE PRE-SEASON ALL -CAA: 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.

MONARCH INJURIES: Freshman T. J. Waldon (Lakeland, Fl.) will be out 2-4 weeks with a stress fracture of the third metatarsal bone in his left foot...6-2 junior guard Marcus Drewry could see some action this week. He had surgery to repair an unhealed stress fracture in his right foot.

SERIES VS. HAMPTON:
The Monarchs lead the series, 5-0.

FIRST MEETING: 1967-68, ODU defeated Hampton, 120-106.

LAST MEETING: ODU defeated HU, 83-69 in Scope in 1998-99.

ODU VS. MEAC:
Florida A&M (2-0), Norfolk State (11-6), UMES (3-0), Howard (3-0), Delaware State (4-0)

ODU defeated Delaware State on Nov. 26, 72-61.

MONARCHS IN THE FIELDHOUSE: 110-13 Last year, ODU was 6-1, losing the home finale to UNC Wilmington, 62-59.

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.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: * General Contractor, S.B. Ballard is ahead of schedule
* Building will be weather tight by March of 2002 to allow for installation of interior finishes and equipment.
* The design for a new Athletic Hall of Fame, to be located in the main lobby of the building is well underway.

DEFENSE All eight Monarch opponents have shot under 50 percent from the floor. Virginia Tech was held to .298 shooting, 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

MONARCH EXHIBITION GAMES: ODU defeated E.A. All-Stars Southeast, 106-99 in overtime as Ricardo Marsh scored 25 points and hauled in 13 rebounds. ODU shot .473 from the floor and dominated the boards, 63-35. EA All-Stars later defeated North Carolina....

In the second exhibition game, ODU defeated Kentucky ABA, 89-82. Six Monarchs were in double figures. Pierre Greene led with 16 points, six assists and four steals. Ricardo Marsh hauled in 16 rebounds. ODU shot .576 from the floor. Kentucky ABA later beat Tennessee.

When ODU Does the Following:

MON		TUE		WED		THU	FRI	SAT	SUN
1-0		1-0		0-2		0-0	0-0	4-0	0-0
Leading at Halftime: 5-1

Tied at Halftime: 0-0

Trailing at Halftime: 1-1

Scoring: 51- 60 Points 2-0
61-70 Points: 1-2
71-80 Points: 2-0
81-90 Points: 1-0
90-100 Points: 0-0

Outrebounds Opponents: 5-0

Opponents Outrebounds ODU:1-2

MONARCHS SIGN TWO IN EARLY PERIOD Isaiah Hunter, 6-3 G, Charlotte, NC., Independence High School Janko Mrksic, 6-10, 250, C, Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, bishop Ryan High School

MONARCH CAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS
Individual Scoring: Marsh 10th 13.9
FT PCT: Wright 7th .838
REBS: Marsh 9th 6.5
ASST: Nance 4th 4.6
Steals: Wright 7th 1.7
Nance 12h 1.4
3PT FG PCT: Wright 11thn .300
Blocked Shots:McGowen 4th 1.6

Team
Scoring: 7th 66.4
FG PCT: 7th .418
3PT FG: 5th .355
Rebs: 7th 35.8
Scoring Def: 1st 66.4
FT PCT: 2nd .724
FG PCT Def: 2nd .402
3PT FG Def: 3rd .355
Assists: 2nd 15.3
Blocks T2nd 4.8
Steals: 5th 6.8

CAREER HIGHS SET THIS SEASON
POINTS: Rasheed Wright 21 vs. Sacramento State
Kiah Thomas 16 vs. Memphis
Clay McGowen 15 vs. East Carolina
Troy Nance, 18 vs. Coastal Carolina

REBOUNDS
Ricardo Marsh 10 vs. Sacramento State (ties)
Clay McGowen 10 vs. East Carolina
Charles Dunnington 7 vs. Virginia Tech
Troy Nance 6 vs. Va. Tech
John Waller, 5 vs. Coastal Carolina (ties)

ASSISTS
Kiah Thomas 3(4 times)
Ricardo Marsh 7 vs. Coastal Carolina

BLOCKED SHOTS Clay McGowen 5 vs. Memphis

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.

THE NEW CAA (COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION) * The CAA is now comprised of ten teams * The four new schools are Delaware, Hofstra (Long Island, NY.), Towson (Baltimore, Md. Area), and Drexel (Philadelphia) * Also in the league are: Old Dominion, Virginia Commonwealth, James Madison, UNC Wilmington, William & Mary, and George Mason.

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:4.8 ppg/ 2.8 rpg (14 pts at Phila.) Chris Gatling ('91) Now with the Miami Heat. (NBA All-Star in 1997) current avg:9.2 ppg/ 4.9 rpg

"FAREWELL TO THE FIELDHOUSE TRIBUTES"
* UIC game was 70's night
* Jan. 19 vs. Virginia Commonwealth is '80's night
* Feb. 16 vs. James Madison is '90's night

NEXT GAME *UNC Wilmington comes to town for CAA opener on Dec. 21.

*at UNLV Dec. 30, 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT.

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