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Release: March 01, 2002
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March 1, 2002

2002 COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION TOURNAMENT
Saturday March, 2, 2002 8:30 p.m. Richmond Coliseum/ ESPN 1310 Radio

ABOUT THE MONARCHS: 13-15 Overall/7-11 CAA/9-6
Home/1-0 Neutral /3-9 Away

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. 15.43 ppg/ 7.3 prg
F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 195, Jr., Greensboro, NC. 14.2 ppg/ 5.5 rpg
C 40 Clay McGowen, 6-11, 220, So, Westerville, OH. 5.4 ppg/ 5.3 rpg
G 12 Pierre Greene, 6-2, 185, Sr, Chicago, IL. 10.0 ppg/3.3 rpg
G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, 185,Fr.,Norfolk, Va. 5.3 ppg/ 2.6 rpg

RESERVES
F 01 Andreas Themistocleous, 6-6, So., Nicosia, Cyrpess 0.4 ppg/ 0.6 rpg
G 10 John Waller, 6-4, 175, So., Richmond, Va. 7.8 ppg/ 3.1 rpg
G 11 Marcus Drewry, 6-2, 180, JR., Evanston, IL. 0.2 ppg/ 02. Apg
G 13 Troy Nance, 5-9, 175, So., Va. Beach, Va. 6.0 ppg/ 4.3 apg
G 20 Samire Hickson, 6-2, Jr., Collegeville, Pa. 0.0 ppg/ 0.0 rpg
F 33 James Smith, 6-7, 200, Fr., Norfolk, Va. 0.7 ppg/0.6 rpg
C 41 Joe Principe, 6-10, 225, So., Gladstone, MO. 0.8 ppg/ 1.2 rpg

Longest win streak this season: Three(twice)

Longest losing streak this season: Five

MONARCH SEEDS IN THE CAA TOURNAMENT

2002	Sixth		2001 Five		2000   Five
1999 Two 1998 Four 1997 One
1996 Two 1995 One 1994 One
1993 Two 1992 Four
THIS DAY IN ODU HISTORY
March 2, 1977, ODU defeats Georgetown, 80-58 in the ECAC South Finals. Freshman All-American Ronnie Valentine scored 36 and ODU's first Div. I All- American Wilson Washington scored 18 points and hauled in 11 rebounds.

March 3, 1997- Two-time CAA Player of the Year, Odell Hodge scored 16 points and Mike Byers added 14 to lead ODU to a 62-58 overtime win over JMU in the CAA Championship.

March 4, 1995 - Old Dominion defeated George Mason, 110-94 as Mario Mullen scored 31 points and David Harvey hauled in ten rebounds....In 1989 Chris Gatling scored 36 points (23 in the second half and six in overtime), but ODU lost to UAB in the Sun Belt Semi-Finals, 89-87.

PAST CAA TOURNAMENT RESULTS

2000-01	W William & Mary 	53-47 (OT)
L UNC Wilmington 54-57
1999-00 L Richmond 67-55
1998-99 W East Carolina 65-62(2 OT)
W VCU 66-49
L George Mason 53-58
1997-98 W James Madison 60-56
L UNCW 54-51
1996-97 W Richmond 69-56
W William & Mary 70-62
W James Madison 62-58(OT)
1995-96 W James Madison 75-72
L UNCW 59-39
1994-95 W George Mason 110-94
W American 77-67
W James Madison 80-75
1993-94 W William & Mary 83-58
W Richmond 76-72
L James Madison 77-76
1992-93 L East Carolina 73-67
1991-92 W UNCW 77-67
W Richmond 62-58
W James Madison 78-73

DID YOU KNOW? The CAA is one of only three Division I Conferences (out of 31) to have all of its members with at least five league victories. Only one other time in CAA history (1999-2000) have all league members finished the season with at least five conference wins. The CAA is also one of just three Division I conferences (along with theSEC and Southern) to have all of its members with at least 10 overall victories.

SERIES VS. VCU ODU leads, 32-29, but the Rams won both games this year. VCU defeated ODU 79-77 in overtime at ODU, then defeated the Monarchs in Richmond on Feb. 9, 73-66.

First Meeting:1968-69, ODU won101-69.

ODU's last win over the Rams: 77-65 in Norfolk last year.

COMPARING TEAM STATS

		ODU		VCU
Scoring 67.6 74.0
FG% .408 .431
FT% .725 .682
3PT% .334 .340
Rebounds 37.3 40.3
FG Def . .419 .377
Scoring Def. 66.9 70.1

MONARCHS VS. CAA TEAMS
Delaware (3-1) Drexel (1-1) George Mason (24-8)
Hofstra (2-1) James Madison(37-21) UNCWilmington(15-15)
Towson (8-1) VCU (32-29) W&M (47-12)

WRIGHT AND MARSH Rasheed Wright is the only Monarch who has started all 28 games...Ricardo Marsh did not start against Drexel. Marsh now has 888 career points thus far. Nine different Monarchs have started atleast two games this year.

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)
Vs. JMU (17 pts/10 rebs
Vs. Hostra (11 pts/13 rebs)

Rasheed Wright vs. Delaware State (18 pts/ 10 rebs)
at Drexel (10 pts/12 rebs)
VCU (12 pts/ 10 rebs)

Clay McGowen vs. East Carolina (15 pts/ 10 rebs)
W&M (10 pts/10 rebs)

Pierre Greene vs. JMU 13 pts/10 rebs

MONARCH SCORING LEADERS THIS SEASON
Ricardo Marsh (13)
Rasheed Wright (9)
John Waller (2)
McGowen ,Nance & Greene (1)

MONARCH REBOUND LEADERS THIS SEASON
Ricardo Marsh (14)+
Clay McGowen (4)
Rasheed Wright (6)+
Dunnington +
Pierre Greene (2)+
+ co leaders

Others: Steals- Pierre Greene (7) at Towson (1 shy of school record ) Blocks: 5 by Clay McGowen vs. Memphis

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 911 career points. He scored the final ODU basket in the the fieldhouse.

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, and has thus far played in 14 games this season. 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.

CAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Troy Nance was named CAA Player of the Week on Dec. 17.
Ricardo Marsh was named CAA Player of the Week on Feb. 25.

DEFENSE
24 Monarch opponents have shot under 50 percent from the floor. Virginia Tech was held to .298 shooting, , W&M (twice) .288 , & Hofstra .283 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 & Drexel have shot over 50 percent. The Pirates hit .582 for the game. The Blue Hens hit .522., the Towson Tigers hit .523, and Drexel hit .532. Three of the last four opponents have shot over 50 percent.

When ODU Does the Following:

MON		TUE		WED		THU	FRI	SAT	SUN
4-3 1-1 0-4 0-1 0-1 8-4 0-1
Leading at Halftime: 11-5

Tied at Halftime: 0-1

Trailing at Halftime: 2-9

By the Months: 3-4 in December 3-1 in November January :4-5 February :3-5

Scoring: 51- 60 Points 3-2
61-70 Points: 4-10
71-80 Points: 4-3
81-90 Points: 2-0
90-100 Points: 0-0

Outrebounds Opponents: 10-5

Opponents Outrebounds ODU:3-10

GREENE MOVING UP THE STEALS LIST
Senior Pierre Greene now has 148 career steals placing him ninth on the ODU all- time list, six behind Brion Dunlap, and 13 behind George Mason's Rob Rose ('86) for tenth spot all-time in the CAA.

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.

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 39 gams Avg:3.4 ppg/ 2.2 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 39 games:6.0 ppg/3.8 rpg NOTE: Skipper Youngblood ('2000) is playing for Roanoke in the NBA Developmental league.

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