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Release: January 03, 2003
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Jan. 3, 2003

OLD DOMINION MONARCHS AT VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH Saturday, January 4, 2002, 4:00 p.m. Siegel Center

ABOUT THE MONARCHS: (4-5) * Defeated Towson, 67-56, Thursday * Ricardo Marsh scored 25 pts/8 rebs/Rasheed Wright 18 pts/six rebs. * Defeated George Washington, 84-76 on Dec. 28. * Ricardo Marsh scored 25 points and hauled in 12 rebs. * 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. 17.2ppg/ 8.0 rpg F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 210, Sr., Greensboro, NC. 16.6 ppg/5.4 rpg C 40 Alex Loughton, 6-9, 235, Fr., Perth Australia 10.6 ppg/6.7 rpg G 10 John Waller, 6-4, 185, Jr., Richmond, VA. 7.9 ppg/ 3.7 rpg G 01 Isaiah Hunter, 6-2, 160, Fr., Charlotte, NC. 6.6 ppg/ 2.9 apg

TOP SUBSTITUTES G 13 Troy Nance, 5-10, 175, Jr., Va. Beach, VA. 2.0 ppg/ 3.9 apg G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, 190, So., Norfolk, VA. 3.0 ppg/ 2.1 rpg C 41 Joe Principe, 6-10, 245, Jr., Gladstone, MO. 0.5 ppg/ 1.0 rpg G 3 John Morris, 6-1, Fr., Camp Hill, PA. 1.1 ppg/ 1.1 rpg C 55 Janko Mrksic, 6-10, 270, Fr., Ontario, Canada 1.1 ppg/ 1.7 rpg

THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY Jan. 4, 1993, Pete Sessoms hits 6 of 9 treys in ODU's 78-76 overtime win at South Florida.

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS Karl Hess, Jerry Heater, John Corio

CAA 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: Drexel at George Mason 2:00 Delaware at James Madison 7:00 Hofstra at UNC Wilmington 7:00 Towson at William and Mary 7:00

SERIES VS. VCU ODU Leads: 32-30

First Meeting: 1968-69, ODU, 101-69 Last Meeting: 2001-02, VCU won all three:

79-77 in overtime (Field House) 73-66 at VCU 58-54 in CAA Tournament

COMPARING STATS ODU VCU Scoring 68.3 78-2 FG% .413 .449 3PT % .288 .373 FT% .743 .700 REBS 37.3 41.7 Scoring Def. 65.6 72.8

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 32-30 UNC Wilmington 15-15 William & Mary 47-12

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 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

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 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) Most Free Throws: 7-8 by Rasheed Wright vs. Campbell.& 7-9 by Marsh vs. Towson, Jan. 2, 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 %: ..767 (23-30) vs UMES (12-14-02) Best OPP Free Throw %: 100 (9-9) by Towson (Jan. 2, 03) Best 3PT %: .286 vs. Campbell and UNC 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)

MONARCH CAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS Individual Scoring: Marsh 7th 17.2 Wright 5th 16.6 FG PCT: Marsh 5th 527 FT PCT: Wright 7th .814 Marsh 8th .792 3PT FGPCT: Wright 2nd .417 REBS: Marsh 6th 8.0 Loughton 11h 6.7 Wright 13th 5.4 ASST: Hunter 14th 2.9 Nance 6th 3.85 Off Rebs Loughton 4th 4.00 Def. Rebs Marsh 8th 5.02

Team Scoring: 5th 68.3 FG PCT: 8th .413 3PT FG: 9th .288 Rebs: 4th 37.7 Scoring Def: 5th 65.6 FT PCT: 1st .743 FG PCT Def: 7th .433 3PT FG Def: 8th .365 Assists: 2nd 15.2 Blocks 6th 2.8 Steals: 5th 8.0 Reb. Margin 2nd +6.6

MILESTONES Ricardo Marsh has 1055 career points and 535 career rebounds...He is the 37th Monarch to break the 1,000 career point mark. Rasheed Wright has 928 career points.

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)

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 Joe Bunn - Spain (LEB League)

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

Outrebounds Opponents:3-3 Equal Number of Rebounds: 1-0

ODU Commits More Turnovers:1-2 ODU Commits Less Turnovers: 3-3

NEW GAME TIMES Jan. 4 at VCU is 4 p.m. Jan. 11 home with William and Mary is 4 p.m.

NEXT GAME: Jan. 8, at. UNC Wilmington, 7 p.m.

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