Monarchs Host Charlotte Saturday Night

December 05, 2003
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Dec. 5, 2003

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Fresh off the thrilling 94-92 overtime win at Virginia Tech Thursday night, the Monarchs host the 49ers of Charlotte (3-2) Saturday night in the Ted Constant Convocation Center at 7 p.m.

Current Record: 1-2
CAA Record: 0-0

Blaine Taylor (Montana '81)
Career Record: 167-97 (.635) in nine years
Record at ODU: 25-32 (2 years)
Record at Montana: 142-65 (7 years) 1991-1998

F 10 John Waller, 6-4, Sr, Richmond, VA. 12.0 ppg/ 6.3 rpg
F 40 Alex Loughton, 6-9, So, Perth, Australia, 15.2 ppg/ 7.2 rpg
F 31 Arnaud Dahi, 6-7, Fr., Ivory Coast 8.0 ppg/ 7.3 rpg
G 2 Drew Williamson, 6-0, Fr., Burlington, NC., 4.7 ppg/ 2.1 apg
OR 13 Troy Nance, 5-9, Sr, Virginia Beach, VA., 6.7 ppg/ 4.3 apg
G 1 Isaiah Hunter, 6-2, So, Charlotte, NC, 16.0 ppg/ 3.0 rpg

F 4 T.J. Waldon, 6-4, So., Lakeland, FL. 0.7 ppg/ 2.3 rpg
G 11 Abdi Lidonde, 6-2, Fr, Sutton, MA. 5.0 ppg/ 1.7 rpg
G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, Jr, Norfolk, VA. --- / ----
F 42 Valdas Vasylius, 6-7, Fr., Klaipeda, Lithuania 8.7 ppg/3.3 rpg
C 55 Janko Mrksic, 6-10, So., Stoney Creek, Ontario, 0.0 ppg/ 0.3 rpg

Larry Rose, Bobby Pennington, Sean Casady

Dec. 6, 1957, Leo Anthony hits 16-19 free throws in the Norfolk Division's 80-66 win over the University of Baltimore.

Series: ODU leads, 13-11
First Meeting: 1982-83, ODU wins, 78-58 in Scope. (Sun Belt Conference)
Last Meeting: 1999-00, Charlotte wins 72-48 in Charlotte.
ODU's last win over Charlotte, 1998-99, 72-56 in Scope.

Series: UAB leads, 14-8
Last Meeting: 1990-91, ODU wins 94-88 in Sun Belt Tournament

Series: UC leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: 1970-71, UC wins 108-96

Series: DePaul leads 4-2
Last meeting: 1987-88, DePaul wins, 95-88(H)

East Carolina
Series: ODU leads, 32-14
Last meeting: 2002-03, ECU wins 75-67(H)

Series: Marquette leads, 2-0
Last meeting: 1982-83, Marquette wins 53-50 (A)

Series: Memphis leads, 1-0
Last meeting: 2001-02, Memphis wins, 91-66(A)

South Florida
Series:ODU leads, 16-11
Last Meeting:1995-96, USF wins, 67-61(H)

Southern Mississippi
Series: ODU leads, 6-0
Last Meeting: 1992-93, ODU wins 113-105(A)

Series: ODU leads, 2-1
Last Meeting: 1994-95, Tulane wins, 85-80 -ot(A)

NOTE: South Florida, UAB, Charlotte are former Sun Belt Conference members with ODU. ODU was in the league from 1983-1991.

ODU defeated cross state rival Virginia Tech, 94-92 in overtime. Isaiah Hunter (equaling his career high)led with 21 points, and John Waller added 18. Five Monarchs scored in double figures. Senior Troy Nance tied The game at the buzzer with a 30-foot shot to send it to overtime. ODU shot .474 from the floor and .861 from the line. It was the Monarchs first ever win in Cassell Coliseum in eight tries.

TV: Tonight's Charlotte game will be carried on ComCast Sports (channel 35 Cox) in the Hampton Roads area.

Radio: For the 11th straight season ESPN1310 Radio will be broadcasting all the Monarch contests. John Castleberry will be providing the play-by-play with Rick Kiefner and Billy Mann adding the color commentary at all home games and selected Away contests.

Internet: The official Old Dominion athletics website is at carries the most up-to-date information on the Monarchs. Bios, game stories, Stats and box scores can be found along with game notes the morning of the scheduled Contests. The live ESPN1310 Radio broadcast of all Monarch games can be heard over the web.

Coaches Show: Head Coach Blaine Taylor will join John Castleberry live on ESPN 1310 Radio on Thursday's from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. throughtout the season to review the previous week's games and to give an insight into the upcoming Monarch matchups.

In 1994-95, ODU played four top-25 teams. The Monarchs defeated #9 Villanova, 89-81 in triple overtime in the NCAA first round. During the Regular season, ODU played at #14 Virginia, and #14 Arizona State and Host #1 North Carolina.

This year, the Monarchs have played two teams in the top 25 in #9North Carolina and #13 St. Joseph's.

The 21, 750 at the North Carolina game last Saturday was the largest Crowd the Monarchs have played before. The previous high was the 19,320 on Dec. 27, 1986 at UNLV.

Assistant coach Jim Corrigan is in his 17th year as an assistant on the Collegiate level, all in the CAA.

Assistant coach Rob Wilkes is the son of legendary Stetson head Coach Glenn Wilkes.

Assistant coach Travis DeCuire played for Taylor at Montana from 1991-94 and earned All-Big Sky honors in 1993 and 1994.

Of the eight Monarchs who have played in the NBA, two were first round draft picks. Chris Gatling (16th overall in 1991 by Golden State) and Cal Bowdler (17th overall in 1999 by Atlanta). Gatling played in the 1997 NBA all-star game. Both are currently playing overseas (Gatling in Russia & Bowdler in Italy)