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Monarchs Host Drexel Wednesday Night

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: February 18, 2003
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Feb. 18, 2003

OLD DOMINION MONARCHS VS DREXEL DRAGONS
Wednesday, February 19, 2003, 7:00 p.m. Ted Constant Convocation Center

ABOUT THE MONARCHS: (11-11/8-6) * Defeated Towson, 73-51. * Five players in double figures led by Alex Loughton 13 pts/6 rebs * Ricardo Marsh had 11 pts/ 13 rebs/5 ast 2 blks. * ODU outrebounded Towson, 42-34 & committed only 9 turnovers * ODU defeated UNC Wilmington last Wednesday, 71-68 * Monarchs have beaten the Seahawks twice this year * Ricardo Marsh 22 pts and 11 rebs./ Rasheed Wright 23 pts/8 rebs * ODU outrebounded UNCW, 37-31 * ODU shot .542 (26-48), UNCW shot .400 (24-60)

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. 18.2 ppg/ 8.5 rpg F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 210, Sr., Greensboro, NC. 15.3 ppg/ 5.3 rpg C 40 Alex Loughton, 6-9, 235, Fr., Perth Australia 8.5 ppg/ 6.1 rpg G 10 John Waller, 6-4, 185, Jr. Richmond, VA. 8.2 ppg/ 4.4 rpg G 13 Troy Nance, 5-10, 175, Jr., Va. Beach, Va. 4.2 ppg/ 5.0 apg

TOP SUBSTITUTES G 1 Isaiah Hunter, 6-2, 160, Fr, Charlotte, NC. 6.1 ppg/ 2.2 rpg G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, 190, So., Norfolk, VA. 2.6 ppg/ 1.6 rpg G 3 John Morris, 6-1, Fr., Camp Hill, PA. 1.9 ppg/ 0.9 rpg C 55 Janko Mrksic, 6-10, 270, Fr., Ontario, Canada 1.0 ppg/ 1.9 rpg F 4 T.J. Waldon, 6-4, 214,Fr., Lakeland, FL. 2.7 ppg/ 2.6 rpg

THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY Feb. 19, 1962, Bobby Hoffman scores 46 points in ODU's 94-88 win at Roanoke. Feb. 19, 1959, All-American Leo Anthony scores 36 in the Division's 70-64 win over Paul Webb's Randolph-Macon squad.

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS Karl Hess, Keith Maxwell, L.Douglas Simmons

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 .328 vs W&M was the second lowest of the season (.292 vs. North Carolina)

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, Loughton was named again after 13 pts and 9 rebs vs. UNCW and 13 points and six rebs vs. Towson.

CAA GAMES TODAY: VCU at Hofstra 1:00 p.m. Drexel at William & Mary 2:00 p.m. James Madison at George Mason 2:00 p.m. UNCW at Towson 7:00 p.m.

SERIES VS. DREXEL ODU Leads:2-1 First Meeting:Jan. 5,02 ODU wins, 74-66 in the fieldhouse Second Meeting: Feb.11,02 Drexel wins, 80-70 in Philadelphia.

Last Meeting Jan. 29, 2003, ODU 72, Drexel 69 John Waller's trey as time ran out lifted the Monarchs to victory. Ricardo Marsh led ODU with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Rasheed Wright scored 20 and hauled in six boards. Drexel was led by Robert Battle with 20 points and nine rebounds. Battle also blocked eight shots. Eric Schmieder added 13 points and six steals for the Dragons. Drexel shot .490 (24-49) from the floor, while ODU shot .441 (26-59). ODU outrebounded Drexel 33-29.

COMPARING STATS ODU Drexel Scoring 68.1 70.3 FG% .409 .437 3PT % .324 .339 FT% .717 .704 REBS 37.7 35.6 Scoring Def. 65.1 66.9

MONARCHS VS. CAA TEAMS Delaware 3-2 Drexel 2-1 George Mason 25-8 Hofstra 2-2 James Madison 38-22 Towson 10-1 VCU 32-32 UNC Wilmington 17-15 William & Mary 48-13

ODU'S RECORD WHEN... Mon:(0-0) Tues.:(1-0) Wed: (4-3) Thu:(1-0) Fri:(0-1) Sat: (5-5) Sun:(0-2)

40-49 Points: 0-1 50-59 Points: 1-2 60-69 Point: 2-6 70-79 Points: 6-2 80-89 Points: 2-0 90 + Points: 0-0

Leading at Halftime:11-4 Trailing at Halftime: 0-7 Tied at Halftime: 0-0

Shooting 50 % or Better: 4-0 Shooting 40-49%: 6-2 Shooting below 40%: 1-9

Outrebounds Opponents:9-6 Equal Number of Rebounds: 1-0

ODU Commits More Turnovers:3-2 ODU Commits Less Turnovers: 8-8

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)

DOUBLE FIGURE PERFORMERS Ricardo Marsh 21 of 22 games (17 straight) Rasheed Wright 20 of 22 games John Waller 7 Alex Loughton 7 Isaiah Hunter 5 Kiah Thomas 2 Troy Nance 1

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

FIVE OR MORE ASSISTS Troy Nance 13 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 12 Rasheed Wright 10

LEADING REBOUNDER Ricardo Marsh 16 Rasheed Wright 2 Alex Loughton 3 John Waller 1

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).

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: Ricardo Marsh vs UNCW, Feb. 12, 03 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. 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) 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 4-6 overall, equaling the four road wins all last year. ODU is 3-4 in CAA road games

MONARCH CAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS Individual Scoring: Marsh 3rd 18.2 Wright 9th 15.3 FG PCT: M arsh 5th .485 FT PCT: Wright 8th .793 3PT FGPCT: Wright 3rd .423 REBS: Marsh 3rd 8.5 Loughton 12th 6.2 ASST: Nance 2nd 5.0 ASST/TO: Nance 2nd 2.47 STEALS Wright 3rd 1.9 Off Rebs Loughton 4th 3.1 Marsh 7th 2.8 Def. Rebs Marsh 2nd 5.4

Team Scoring: 5th 68.1 FG PCT: 9th .409 3PT FG: 9th .324 Rebs: 3rd 37.7 Scoring Def: 3rd 65.1 FT PCT: 1st .717 FG PCT Def: 7th .431 3PT FG Def: 10th .361 Assists: 2nd 14.6 Blocks 7th 2.8 Steals: 2nd 8.5 Reb. Margin 3rd +4.5

MILESTONES Ricardo Marsh has 1300 career points and 651 career rebounds...He is the 38th Monarch to break the 1,000 career point mark (vs. Dayton). Marsh currently ranks 21st on the ODU all-time scoring list, and 17th 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 1119 career points, and ranks him 27th.

ODU INDIVIDUAL CAREER HIGHS: PTS/REBS/AST Hunter 17 vs. GMU 4 Rebs (4 diff times) Morris 7 vs. UNCW & JMU 6 ast vs. UMES Waldon 5 vs. UNC & Campbell 8 Rebs vs. Delaware Nance 11 Assists vs. Delaware Marsh 30 vs. Delaware 14 Rebs vs. VCU Wright 25 vs. East Carolina Loughton14 three times 10 Rebs vs. UMES Mrksic 4 vs. Hampton 3 Rebs vs. Campbell

OTHER CAREER BESTS THIS SEASON John Waller went 8-8 from the free throw line at JMU. Waller also dished out a career high five assists vs UNCW (2-12)

Hodge ('97) is only one of 75 Division I players to score over 2,000 points

NEXT GAME: Feb. 22 at Delaware 2:00 p.m. (CAA TV Game on ComCast) Feb. 24 at George Mason 7:00 p.m.

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