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Release: January 24, 2003
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Jan. 24, 2003

OLD DOMINION MONARCHS VS JAMES MADISON DUKES Saturday, January 25, 2003, 7:00 p.m. Ted Constant Convocation Ctr.

ABOUT THE MONARCHS: (7-8/4-3)
* Defeated George Mason, 59-46.
* Ricardo Marsh led with 18 points and 8 rebounds.
* Freshman Isaiah Hunter scored a career high 17 points.
* Forced GMU into 23 turnovers.
* Lost at Hofstra Saturday, 69-65.
* Ricardo Marsh led with 27 pts/8 rebs; Kiah Thomas 11 pts
* Wright scored only 5 pts/ went over the 1,000 career point mark.
* 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. 18.2ppg/ 8.5 rpg F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 210, Sr., Greensboro, NC. 15.4 ppg/5.5 rpg C 40 Alex Loughton, 6-9, 235, Fr., Perth Australia 8.9 ppg/6.1 rpg G 10 John Waller, 6-4, 185, Jr. Richmond, VA. 8.1 ppg/ 4.6 rpg OR 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, 190, So., Norfolk, VA. 3.1 ppg/ 1.7 rpg G 13 Troy Nance, 5-10, 175, Jr., Va. Beach, Va. 3.1 ppg/ 4.9 apg

TOP SUBSTITUTES G 1 Isaiah Hunter, 6-2, 160, Fr, Charlotte, NC. 6.8 ppg/ 2.8 rpg G 3 John Morris, 6-1, Fr., Camp Hill, PA. 1.5 ppg/ 0.9 rpg C 55 Janko Mrksic, 6-10, 270, Fr., Ontario, Canada 1.1 ppg/ 1.6 rpg F 4 T.J. Waldon, 6-4, 214, Lakeland, FL. 3.1 ppg/ 3.0 rpg

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS Tim Nestor, Alan Spainhour, Tim Kelly

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: Nov. 25th, freshman Alex Loughton who grabbed eight rebounds and scored 13 points against North Carolina, was named CAA Rookie of the Week.

INJURY UPDATES John Waller has a deep bruise on his left shoulder (shooting) from the Hofstra game. Waller played just the first four minutes of the Hofstra game, and did not dress for the George Mason game. He is day-to-day.

CAA GAMES TODAY: UNC Wilmington at VCU Noon Hofstra at Drexel 7 p.m. William and Mary at George Mason 7 p.m. Towson at Delaware 7:30 p.m.

SERIES VS. JAMES MADISON ODU leads: 37-21

First Meeting: 1971-72, ODU won, 99-68 Last Meeting: 2001-02, JMU won 67-61 in Harrisonburg. David Fanning led with 18 points while Tim Lyle and Kenny Whitehead each scored 13 points. ODU was led by Ricardo Marsh with 27 points and 11 rebounds. ODU outrebounded JMU, 41-33.

ODU won 73-68 in the fieldhouse. Ricardo Marsh led with 18 points and ten rebounds, while Pierre Greene added 13 points and ten rebounds. David Fanning led JMU with 22 points and Dwayne Broyle added 17 points.

COMPARING STATS ODU JMU Scoring 68.0 67.5 FG% .407 .424 3PT % .320 .315 FT% .710 .657 REBS 38.4 36.9 Scoring Def. 64.9 69.4

MONARCHS VS. CAA TEAMS Delaware 3-2 Drexel 1-1 George Mason 25-8 Hofstra 2-2 James Madison 37-21 Towson 9-1 VCU 32-31 UNC Wilmington 16-15 William & Mary 48-12

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 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: 22 at Towson, Jan. 14, 2002 Committed 10 or less turnovers: 9 vs Delaware, Jan. 15, 2003 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: 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:11, by Troy Nance vs. Delaware, Jan. 15, 03. 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: 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 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) 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: Mike Slattery of Delaware (Jan. 15, 03) Most ODU Assists: 11 by Troy Nance vs. Delaware, (Jan. 15, 03) 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 %: ...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: 15 by Dayton, (12-20-02) & Delaware (1-15-03) Most ODU Points Scored: 82, vs. UMES (12-14-02) Most OPP Points Scored: 75, by ECU (12-07-02) Attendance: 8,424 (Sellout) vs. UNC (11-24-02) First Overtime Game: ODU vs. Delaware, UD wins 75-74.

MONARCH CAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS Individual Scoring: Marsh 3rd 18.2 Wright 8th 15.4 FG PCT: Marsh 7th .488 FT PCT: Wright 5th .813 3PT FGPCT: Wright 2nd .420 REBS: Marsh 3rd 8.5 Loughton 12th 6.1 ASST: Nance 2nd 4.8 STEALS Wright 5th 1.8 Off Rebs Loughton 3rd 3.6 Def. Rebs Marsh 4th 5.3

Team Scoring: 5th 68.8 FG PCT: 9th .407 3PT FG: 7th .320 Rebs: 3rd 38.4 Scoring Def: 3rd 64.9 FT PCT: 2nd .710 FG PCT Def: 8th .429 3PT FG Def: 8th .344 Assists: 2nd 14.6 Blocks 7th 2.9 Steals: 2nd 8.7 Reb. Margin 1st +5.7

MILESTONES Ricardo Marsh has 1173 career points and 591 career rebounds...He is the 38th Monarch to break the 1,000 career point mark (vs. Dayton). Marsh currently ranks 27th on the ODU all-time scoring list. Rasheed Wright became the 39th Monarch to reach the 1,000 point plateau (vs. Hofstra). He now has 1013 career points.

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

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

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

40-49 Points: 0-1 50-59 Points: 1-1 60-69 Point: 2-4 70-79 Points: 2-2 80-89 Points: 2-0 90 + Points: 0-0

Leading at Halftime: 7-2 Trailing at Halftime: 0-6 Tied at Halftime: 0-0

Shooting 50 % or Better: 3-0 Shooting 40-49%: 3-2 Shooting below 40%: 1-6

Outrebounds Opponents:5-5 Equal Number of Rebounds: 1-0

ODU Commits More Turnovers:2-2 ODU Commits Less Turnovers: 5-5

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

BASKETBALL BREAKFAST RESCHEDULED The basketball breakfast scheduled for Jan. 24th has been rescheduled for Friday, Jan. 31st at 7:30 a.m. in the Big Blue Room of the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Please R.S.V.P. to mark Benson at mbenson@odu.edu or call 683-5696. The breakfast will feature Monarch sophomores and juniors.

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)

SUMMER ACTIVITIES Rasheed Wright interned this summer in the office of University Relations.. Joe Principe interned in the ODU Athletic Media Relations office, and Ricardo Marsh attended Pete Newell's "Big Man Camp".

NEXT GAME: Jan. 29 at Drexel. Game time is 7 p.m. in Philadelphia, PA.

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