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Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: February 08, 2002
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Feb. 8, 2002

OLD DOMINION AT VA. COMMONWEALTH
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, 7:35 p.m.Alltel Pavillion./ ESPN 1310 Radio

ABOUT THE MONARCHS:
10-12 Overall/4-8 CAA/7-5 Home/1-0 Neutral /2-7 Away
Last Game- Lost to Towson at home Monday, 67-55
* Rasheed Wright 17 pts / John Waller 16 pts
* Towson's first ever win over ODU
* ODU shot .368 from the floor/Towson shot .523.
* ODU has lost five of its last six games.

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. 14.9 ppg/ 7.0 prg
F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 195, Jr., Greensboro, NC. 14.7 ppg/ 5.1 rpg
C 30 Charles Dunnington, 6-9, 200, So., Washington,DC 3.1 ppg/ 3.5 rpg
OR 40 Clay McGowen, 6-11, 220, So, Westerville, OH. 5.2 ppg/ 5.1 rpg
G 13 Troy Nance, 5-9, 175, So., Va.Beach, Va. 6.8 ppg/ 5.6 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. 6.5 ppg./ 3.0 rpg
G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4,185, Fr., Norfolk, Va. 5.2 ppg/ 2.6 rpg
G 11 Marcus Drewry, 6-2, 180,Jr., Evanston, IL. 0.3 ppg/ 0.6 apg
C 41 Joe Principe, 6-10, 225, So., Gladstone, MO. 0.6 ppg/ 0.9 rpg
F 33 James Smith, 6-7, 200, Fr., Norfolk, Va. 0.4 ppg/0.5 rpg

THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY 1977, ODU defeated Baptist College 109-55 as Ronnie Valentine scored 16 and Wilson Washington hauled in ten rebounds.

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS Mike Wood, Dwayne Gladden, John Corio

CAA GAMES TODAY:
UNCW at James Madison, Delaware at Drexel
George Mason at Hofstra, W&M at Towson

Five of the last eight Monarch games have been on the road.

SERIES VS. VCU
ODU leads, 32-28. The Rams won the last meeting , 79-77 in overtime at ODU on Jan. 19.

First Meeting: 1968-69, ODU won 101-69

ODU's last win at VCU:82-72 in 1998-99.

COMPARING TEAM STATS

		ODU		VCU
Scoring 66.9 74.3
FG% .411 .432
FT% .708 .665
3PT% .333 .322
Rebounds 36.5 39.2
FG Def. .426 .399
Scoring Def. 66.7 71.6

MONARCHS VS. CAA TEAMS
Delaware (3-1) Drexel (1-0) George Mason (24-7)
Hofstra (1-1) James Madison(36-21) UNCWilmington(15-15)
Towson (8-1) VCU (32-28) W&M (46-12)

WRIGHT AND MARSH Rasheed Wright and Ricardo Marsh are the only two Monarchs who have started all 22 games...Marsh has 778 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)
At JMU (27 pts/ 11 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 (9) Rasheed Wright (9)
McGowen & Waller (1) Nance & Greene (1)

MONARCH REBOUND LEADERS THIS SEASON
Ricardo Marsh (10)+
Clay McGowen (4)
Rasheed Wright (4)+
Dunnington +
Pierre Greene (2)
+ co leaders

INDIVIDUAL SEASON HIGHS (* Career Highs)

	Marsh			Wright		        McGowen
Points *27 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. HU & JMU *8 vs. UNCW *5 vs. ECU
FTM *7-10 vs. CC & JMU 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 & JMU
FGM *7 vs. Towson *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 8 at UNLV &Del. 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 821 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.

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 19 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

Hampton, Delaware and Towson have shot over 50 percent. The Pirates hit .582 for the game. The Blue Hens hit .522.and the Towson Tigers hit .523.

When ODU Does the Following:

MON		TUE		WED		THU	FRI	SAT	SUN
3-1 1-1 0-4 0-1 0-1 6-3 0-1

Leading at Halftime: 8-4

Tied at Halftime: 0-1

Trailing at Halftime: 2-7

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

January :4-5

February :0-2

Scoring: 51- 60 Points 3-2
61-70 Points: 3-7
71-80 Points: 3-3
81-90 Points: 1-0
90-100 Points: 0-0

Outrebounds Opponents: 8-4

Opponents Outrebounds ODU:2-8

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 141 career steals, moving him up to ninth place on the ODU all-time list, six behind Chris Gatling ('91).

MONARCH CAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS
Individual

Scoring:        Marsh	6th	14.9
Wright 7th 14.7
FG PCT: Marsh 4th .500
FT PCT: Wright 1st .829
REBS: Marsh 6th 7.0
ASST: Nance 2nd 4.7
Steals: Greene 10th 1.5
Nance 7th 1.6
B.Shots: McGowen 6th 1.0
Asst/TO Ratio: Nance 2nd 1.94

Team
Scoring: 5th 66.9
FG PCT: 6th .411
3PT FG: 5th .333
Rebs: 7th 36.5
Scoring Def: 4th 66.7
FT PCT: 2nd .708
FG PCT Def: 7th .426
3PT FG Def: 5th .321
Assists: 2nd 15.1
Blocks 4th 4.2
Steals: 3rd 6.9

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
Every Tuesday 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 In 36 gams Avg:3.6 ppg/ 2.3 rpg (14 pts at Phila./ 6 rebs vs. MIL.) Chris Gatling ('91) Now with the Miami Heat.
(NBA All-Star in 1997) current avg in 32 games:6.3 ppg/3.9 rpg NOTE: Skipper Youngblood ('2000) is playing for Roanoke in the NBA Developmental league

NEXT GAME:
Feb. 11 at Drexel at 7:00

Three of the Monarchs last four games are at home.

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