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Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: November 26, 2002
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Nov. 26, 2002

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002, 7:00 p.m. Ted Constant Convocation Center

ABOUT THE MONARCHS: * ODU lost its home opener to North Carolina, 67-59 * Wright led with 17 points and 8 rebounds. * Marsh and Loughton each scored 13 pts. * ODU shot .292 from the floor, but outrebounded UNC 42-35 * ODU was 1-1 during the pre-season exhibitions * ODU defeated Global Sports, 91-88, Lost to EA Sports, 83-78 * 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. 13 ppg/ 8.0 rpg F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 210, Sr., Greensboro, NC. 17 ppg/ 5.0 rpg C 40 Alex Loughton, 6-9, 235, Fr., Perth Australia 13 ppg/ 8.0 rpg G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, 190, So, Norfolk, VA. 5.0 ppg / 3.0 rpg G 01 Isaiah Hunter, 6-2, 160, Fr., Charlotte, NC. 3.0 ppg/ 4.0 apg

TOP SUBSTITUTES G 13 Troy Nance, 5-10, 175, Jr., Va. Beach, VA. 0.0 ppg/ 3.0 apg G 10 John Waller, 6-4, 185, Jr, Richmond, VA. 3.0 ppg/ 4.0 rpg C 41 Joe Principe, 6-10, 245, Jr., Gladstone, MO. 0.0 ppg/ 2.0 rpg F 4 T.J. Waldon, 6-4, 214, Fr., Lakeland, FL. 5.0 ppg/ 5.0 rpg C 55 Janko Mrksic, 6-10, 270, Fr., Ontario, Canada 0.0 ppg/ 2.0 rpg

THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY Nov. 26, 1994 Mike Jones scored 20 points, Petey Sessoms added 17 with ten rebounds as ODU defeated Towson, 93-75.

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS Sean Hull, Sean Casady, Wallace Rutecki

CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONORS: Freshman Alex Loughton who grabbed eight rebounds and scored 13 points against North Carolina, was named CAA Rookie of the Week.

CAA GAMES TODAY: UNC Wilmington at Texas San Antonio, 8 p.m. VCU at Western Kentucky, 8 p.m. W&M at Liberty , 9 p.m.

SERIES VS. CAMPBELL ODU leads: 8-2 First Meeting: 1938-39....ODU, 56-48 Last Meeting: 1975-76....ODU, 120-93

Other Series Results. 1946-47 43-48 L 1946-47 52-40 W 1966-67 94-78 W 1970-71 79-82 L 1971-72 111-73 W 1972-73 99-86 W 1973-74 96-67 W 1974-75 83-77 W

MONARCHS VS. ATLANTIC SUN TEAMS Central Florida 1-0 61-57 in 1999 SoCON Trn. Gardner-Webb 1-0 84-57 last season Georgia State 3-1 Last played in 1980-81 96-61 W Jacksonville* 13-9 Last played in 1990-91 82-75 W Stetson 6-0 Last played in 1981-82 68-66 W Note: * Jackson is a former fellow member of the Sun Belt Conference. ODU has never played: Troy State, Belmont, Florida Atlantic and Lipscomb.

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)

BLAINE TAYLOR'S RADIO CALL IN SHOW Every Thursday afternoon from 5-6 p.m. on ESPN 1310 radio with host John Castleberry.... NOTE: this week's show will be tomorrow (Wednesday) Fans can also e-mail questions to Taylor at

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

DID YOU KNOW 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 913 career points and 471 career rebounds... Rasheed Wright has 799 career points and is shooting .762 from the free throw line.

NEW GAME TIMES 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. 1 at St. Joseph's 2:00 p.m. Dec. 4 at Hampton U. 7:00 p.m.


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