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Monarchs Travel to UNLV For Sunday Game

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Release: December 27, 2001
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Dec. 27, 2001

ABOUT THE MONARCHS:
6-4 Overall/4-3 Home/1-0 Nuetral/1-1 Away
(Last Game)
* Lost CAA game, 71-67 to UNC Wilmington
* Rasheed Wright 22 pts.
* John Waller (10 rebs) & Clay McGowen (12 rebs) in their first starts
* ODU outrebounded UNCW, 40-27.
* Monarchs have lost two straight.

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. 14.4 ppg/ 6.6 prg
F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 195, Jr., Greensboro, NC. 14.7 ppg/ 4.7 rpg
C 30 Charles Dunnington, 6-9, 220, So.,Washington,DC 2.9 ppg/ 3.8 rpg
G 12 Pierre Greene, 6-2, 185, Sr, Chicago, IL. 9.0 ppg/ 3.0 rpg
G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, 185, Fr., Norfolk, Va. 6.3 ppg/ 3.4 rpg

TOP SUBSTITUTES
G 13 Troy Nance, 5-9, 175, So., Va. Beach, Va. 7.2 ppg/4.2 apg
F 01 Andreas Themistocleous, So, Nicosia, Cyprus 0.3 ppg/ 0.6 rpg
G 10 John Waller, 6-4,175, So., Richmond, Va. 6.3 ppg/ 3.4 rpg
C 40 Clay McGowen, 6-11, 220, So, Westerville, OH. 7.0 ppg/ 6.1 rpg
C 41 Joe Principe, 6-10, 225, So., Gladstone, MO. 0.8 ppg/ 0.6 rpg

THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY
1990, Down 17 (49-32) with 18:05 left, ODU rallies to defeat James Madison in Scope, 85-81....1998 Cal Bowdler scores 23 points as ODU beats Buffalo, 85-65 to win the Hawaii-Hilo Classic.

CAA GAMES TODAY:
Loyola at Delaware, Towson at UNC Wilmington

TROY NANCE CAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK Troy Nance was named CAA Player of the Week on Dec. 17. He scored a career high 18 points (14 in the second half) with 7 assists and four steals in the Monarchs 81-67 victory over Coastal Carolina.

GAME TIME CHANGE: *The ODU-W&M game on Jan. 26 originally scheduled for 12 noon has been moved 7 p.m. and will be televised on Comcast Sportsnet..

GREENE PRE-SEASON ALL -CAA: 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.

MONARCH INJURIES: Freshman T. J. Waldon (Lakeland, Fl.) will be out 2-4 weeks with a stress fracture of the third metatarsal bone in his left foot...6-2 junior guard Marcus Drewry could see some action this week. He had surgery to repair an unhealed stress fracture in his right foot in October.

SERIES VS. UNLV
UNLV leads, 3-0.

FIRST MEETING: UNLV defeated ODU, 116-90 in 1975-76. ODU also lost in the first round of the Rebel Classic in 1986-87, 103-83.

LAST YEAR: UNLV won in Norfolk, 82-67.

ODU VS. MOUNTAIN WEST TEAMS
ODU is 0-1 vs. Brigham Young (80-77) in Norfolk, 1975-76

ODU is 2-0 vs. Wyoming (63-61 in 1995 at home & 66-52 at Wyoming)

The Monarchs have never played Utah, Air Force, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State.

MONARCHS IN THE FIELDHOUSE: 110-15
Last year, ODU was 6-1
UNCW has beaten ODU three times

BEST YEAR BY YEAR RECORDS IN THE FIELDHOUSE
14-0 in 1974-75 (Div. II National Champions)
11-0 in 1976-77 (First Div. I team/ NIT)
13-1 in 1975-76 (Div. II Final Four)
13-1 in 1973-74 (Div. II Regional Finals)
12-2 in 1970-71 (Div. II Championship 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.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE:
* General Contractor, S.B. Ballard is ahead of schedule
* Building will be weather tight by March of 2002 to allow for installation of interior finishes and equipment.
* The design for a new Athletic Hall of Fame, to be located in the main lobby of the building is well underway.

DEFENSE All ten Monarch opponents have shot under 50 percent from the floor. Virginia Tech was held to .298 shooting, 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

MONARCH EXHIBITION GAMES: ODU defeated E.A. All-Stars Southeast, 106-99 in overtime as Ricardo Marsh scored 25 points and hauled in 13 rebounds. ODU shot .473 from the floor and dominated the boards, 63-35. EA All-Stars later defeated North Carolina....

In the second exhibition game, ODU defeated Kentucky ABA, 89-82. Six Monarchs were in double figures. Pierre Greene led with 16 points, six assists and four steals. Ricardo Marsh hauled in 16 rebounds. ODU shot .576 from the floor. Kentucky ABA later beat Tennessee.

When ODU Does the Following:

MON	TUE		WED		THU	FRI	SAT	SUN
1-0 1-1 0-2 0-0 0-1 4-0 0-0

Leading at Halftime: 5-2

Tied at Halftime: 0-1

Trailing at Halftime: 1-1

Scoring: 51- 60 Points 2-0
61-70 Points: 1-3
71-80 Points: 2-1
81-90 Points: 1-0
90-100 Points: 0-0

Outrebounds Opponents: 5-2

Opponents Outrebounds ODU:1-2

MONARCHS SIGN TWO IN EARLY PERIOD
Isaiah Hunter, 6-3 G, Charlotte, NC., Independence High School
Janko Mrksic, 6-10, 250, C, Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, bishop Ryan High School

MONARCH CAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS
Individual Scoring: Wright 7th 14.7
Marsh 8th 14.4
FG PCT: Marsh 8th .491
FT PCT: Wright 3rd .843
REBS: Marsh 6th 6.6
ASST: Nance 5th 4.2
Steals: Wright 11th 1.4
Nance 11h 1.4
Blocked Shots: McGowen 4th 1.5

Team
Scoring: 7th 67.5
FG PCT: 6th .423
3PT FG: 4th .358
Rebs: 6th 36.4
Scoring Def: 1st 65.7
FT PCT: 2nd .721
FG PCT Def: 4th .423
3PT FG Def: 4th .337
Assists: 1st 15.6
Blocks 4th 4.6
Steals: 6th 6.2

CAREER HIGHS SET THIS SEASON
POINTS: Rasheed Wright 21 vs. Sacramento State
Kiah Thomas 16 vs. Memphis
Clay McGowen 15 vs. East Carolina
Troy Nance, 18 vs. Coastal Carolina REBOUNDS
Ricardo Marsh 10 vs. Sacramento State (ties)
Clay McGowen 12 vs. UNCW
John Waller , 10 vs. UNCW
Charles Dunnington 7 vs. Virginia Tech
Troy Nance 6 vs. Va. Tech
John Waller, 5 vs. Coastal Carolina (ties)

ASSISTS
Kiah Thomas 3(4 times)
Ricardo Marsh 7 vs. Coastal Carolina

BLOCKED SHOTS Clay McGowen 5 vs. Memphis

MONARCH CAA STATISTICAL LEADERS FROM LAST YEAR
Assists: Pierre Greene & Troy Nance (5th) 3.48
Free Throw Percentage: Greene (5th) .769
Wright (10th) .740
Steals: Greene (9th) 1.23
Three-Point Field Goal PCT: Wright (10th) .364

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 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.

THE NEW CAA (COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION)
* The CAA is now comprised of ten teams
* The four new schools are Delaware, Hofstra (Long Island, NY.), Towson (Baltimore, Md. Area), and Drexel (Philadelphia)
* Also in the league are: Old Dominion, Virginia Commonwealth, James Madison, UNC Wilmington, William & Mary, and George Mason.

CAA TELECONFERENCE CALL Begins Tuesday Jan. 8. Blaine Taylor is on at 10:30...Call 888-935-0164..Members of the media should contact Tripp Sheppard at the CAA office for the password to access the call.

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 Avg:4.3 ppg/ 2.7 rpg (14 pts at Phila./ 6 rebs vs. MIL.)
Chris Gatling ('91) Now with the Miami Heat. (NBA All-Star in 1997) current avg:8.7 ppg/ 4.0 rpg
NOTE: Skipper Youngblood ('2000) is playing for Roanoke in the NBA Developmental league

"FAREWELL TO THE FIELDHOUSE TRIBUTES"
* UIC game was 70's night
* Jan. 19 vs. Virginia Commonwealth is '80's night
* Feb. 16 vs. James Madison is '90's night

NEXT GAME Jan. 3 at Hofstra 7:00 p.m. (CAA Contest)

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