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Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: December 06, 2002
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Dec. 6, 2002

OLD DOMINION MONARCHS VS EAST CAROLINA PIRATES
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002, 7:06 p.m. Ted Constant Convocation Center

ABOUT THE MONARCHS: (1-3)
* Lost last game at Hampton University, 77-70
*Rasheed Wright scored 18/ Ricardo Marsh scored 14 with 9 rebs.
* Lost at St. Joseph's on Sunday, 63-47
* Ricardo Marsh 16 pts/ Alex Loughton 14 pts/7 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. 14.3ppg/ 6.8 rpg F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 210, Sr., Greensboro, NC. 14.0 ppg/ 5.8 rpg C 40 Alex Loughton, 6-9, 235, Fr., Perth Australia 9.8 ppg/ 6.0 rpg G 10 John Waller, 6-4, 185, Jr., Richmond, VA. 7.5 ppg/ 3.5 rpg G 01 Isaiah Hunter, 6-2, 160, Fr., Charlotte, NC. 7.3 ppg/ 3.8 rpg

TOP SUBSTITUTES G 13 Troy Nance, 5-10, 175, Jr., Va. Beach, VA. 0.7 ppg/ 2.0 apg G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, 190, So., Norfolk, VA. 2.3 ppg/ 2.0 rpg C 41 Joe Principe, 6-10, 245, Jr., Gladstone, MO. 1.0 ppg/ 1.0 rpg F 4 T.J. Waldon, 6-4, 214, Fr., Lakeland, FL. 4.0 ppg/ 4.3 rpg C 55 Janko Mrksic, 6-10, 270, Fr., Ontario, Canada 1.5 ppg/ 2.3 rpg G 3 John Morris, 6-1, 177, Fr., Camp Hill, PA. 1.7 ppg/ 0.0 rpg

NOTE: T.J. Waldon did not play vs Hampton due to a sore foot and is day-to-day... ...Troy Nance got sick right before the game and did not play. He is expected to play vs. ECU.

THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY Dec. 7, 1985, ODU defeats Rider by 47 points, 93-46., Dec 7, 1965, ODU defeats Towson, by 32, 103-71.

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS Chuck Pitts, Timothy .Comer, L.B. Wood

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: Monmouth at Hofstra, 1 p.m. Niagara at George Mason, 7 p.m. Drexel at St. Joseph's, 7 p.m. Richmond at VCU, 7:30 p.m. Akron at James Madison, 7 p.m. UNC Wilmington at Dayton, 8 p.m. Virginia Tech at W&M, 7 p.m.

SERIES VS. EAST CAROLINA ODU leads, 32-13 First Meeting: 90-88 L in 1966-67 at ECU Last Meeting: 53-52 W at ECU, 2001-02

Last 12 Series Results. 1996-97 W 79-79 L 63-78 at ECU 1997-98 L 71-85(at ECU) W 66-61 1998-99 W 54-51(at ECU) L 67-62 W 65-62 CAA(2ot) 1999-00 L 59-57(at ECU) L 60-62 2000-01 L 68-63(at ECU)ot W 65-63 2001-02 W 53-52(at ECU)

MONARCHS VS. CONFERENCE USA TEAMS UAB 8-14 Last Played 1990-91 W, 94-88 in ot (Sun Belt Trn.) Cincinnati 0-1 Last Played 1970-71 L,108-96 Charlotte 13-10 Last Played 1998-99 L, 72-56 DePaul 2-4 Last Played 1987-88 L, 95-88 Marquette 0-2 Last Played 1982-83 L, 50-53 Memphis 0-1 Last Played 2001-02 L, 91-66 South Florida 16-11 Last Played 1995-96 L, 67-61 Southern Miss 6-0 Last Played 1992-93 W, 113-105 Tulane 2-1 Last Played 1994-95 L, 85-80(ot)

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 Started 1-4: 2000-01 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: 29 vs. Campbell, 11-26-02 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 less than 30 percent from the floor:293(17-58) vs. St. Joseph's, 12-01-02 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: 13 by Marsh vs. Hofstra in 2002 Grabbed 15 or more rebounds: 23 by Clifton Jones, Feb. , 2001 Had 10 or more assists:10, by Pierre Greene vs. JMU in 2002 Performed the double-double:Rasheed Wright vs. GMU in 2002 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: 18, Rasheed Wright vs Campbell Most Points by an Opp: 18 by Jawad Williams of UNC. Most Rebounds: 9 by Rasheed Wright vs. Campbell Most Opp. Rebounds: 8 by Sean May (UNC), Dom.Klein & Tarick Johnson(Campbell) Most Treys: 3, by Rasheed Wright vs. UNC Most Opp.Treys: 2 by Jawad Williams and Scott Melvin of UNC Most Free Throws: 7-8 by Rasheed Wright vs. Campbell. Most Assists: 5, by Raymond Felton of UNC Most ODU Assists: 4, by Isaiah Hunter vs UNC. Most ODU Steals: 3, by Rasheed Wright vs. Campbell. Attendance: 8,424 (Sellout)

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

DID YOU KNOW The last time ODU won by 29 or more points was a 103-69 victory over VMI in 1998-99.

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)

MILESTONES Ricardo Marsh has 957 career points and 490 career rebounds... Rasheed Wright has 838 career points and is shooting .762 from the free throw line.

NEW GAME TIMES Jan. 2 home vs. Towson, 6 p.m. Jan. 4 at VCU is 4 p.m. Jan. 11 home with William and Mary is 7 p.m.

NEW ASSISTANT: Rob Wilkes joins the Monarchs coaching staff. Wilkes, son of long time Stetson head basketball coach Glenn Wilkes served as an assistant at Florida State from 2000-02, and Georgia Southern from 1999-00. He also served as an assistant at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL, from 1993-99. Lynn advanced to national post season all six of those years, including three NAIA and three NCAA Division II tournaments. In 1997, Lynn reached the NCAA Elite Eight.

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: Dec. 14 Maryland-Eastern Shore 7 p.m.

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