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Monarchs Host Coastal Carolina Saturday Night

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Release: December 14, 2001
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Dec. 14, 2001

OLD DOMINION MONARCHS VS COASTAL CAROLINA CHANTICLEERS
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001, 7:35 p.m. ODU Fieldhouse

ABOUT THE MONARCHS: 5-2 Overall/3-1 Home/1-0 Nuetral/1-1 Away
* Defeated ECU, 53-52 last Saturday.
* Clay McGowen 15 pts/ 10 rebs (his first collegiate double-double)
* John Waller 10 pts/ Rasheed Wright 11 pts.
* ODU also beat Illinois-Chicago, Delaware State,Va. Tech, & Sacramento State
* Lost to #12 Memphis & George Washington

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. 12.9 ppg/ 5.9 prg
F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 195, Jr., Greensboro, NC. 13.9 ppg/ 5.1 rpg
C 30 Charles Dunnington, 6-9, 220, So.,Washington,DC 2.2 ppg/ 3.9 rpg
G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, 185, Fr., Norfolk, Va. 7.1 ppg/ 3.6 rpg
OR 13 Troy Nance, 5-9, 175, So., Va. Beach, Va. 6.7 ppg/ 4.3 apg

TOP SUBSTITUTES
F 01 Andreas Themistocleous, So, Nicosia, Cyprus 0.0 ppg/ 0.3 rpg
G 10 John Waller, 6-4,175, So., Richmond, Va. 4.6 ppg/ 1.3 rpg
C 40 Clay McGowen, 6-11, 220, So, Westerville, OH. 6.6 ppg/ 5.3 rpg
C 41 Joe Principe, 6-10, 225, So., Gladstone, MO. 1.1 ppg/ 1.4 rpg

NOTE Senior guard Pierre Greene(9.3 ppg/ 3.0 apg) will not be at the game Saturday night as he will be attending a funeral in his hometown of Chicago, IL., for his cousin who passed away earlier this week.

THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY
Dec. 15, 1990, All-American Chris Gatling scored 28 points, hauled in 16 rebounds as the Monarchs beat Long Island University, 88-62.

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS
Stephen Gordon, Mike Eades, Roger Ayers

CAA GAMES TODAY:
Delaware vs. Rider, JMU at East Tennessee State, College of Charleston at UNCW, UAB at VCU

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..

*The ODU-UNLV game on Dec. 30 will now start at 7 p.m. pacific and 10 p.m. Eastern time. Originally was scheduled for 7:30 pacific and 10:30 ET.

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 return to action next week. He has been recovering from surgery to repair an unhealed stress fracture in his right foot.

SERIES VS. COASTAL CAROLINA:
First Meeting - Pete Strickland was an assistant at ODU under Oliver Purnell from 1991-94...

ODU VS. BIG SOUTH :
Elon (3-2) Last played in 1998-99 with ODU winning, 84-70

High Point (0-2) Last played in 1939-40.

Other teams in the league are: Charleston Southern, Liberty, UNC Asheville, Radford, Winthrop

MONARCHS IN THE FIELDHOUSE: 109-13
Last year, ODU was 6-1, losing the home finale to UNC Wilmington, 62-59.

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 seven 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		1-0		0-2		0-0	0-0	3-0	0-0
Leading at Halftime: 4-1

Tied at Halftime: 0-0

Trailing at Halftime: 1-1

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

Outrebounds Opponents: 4-0
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 10th 13.9
FT PCT: Wright 6th .848
REBS: Marsh 14th 5.9
ASST: Nance 4th 4.3
Steals: Wright 5th 1.7
Greene 14h 1.1
3PT FG PCT: Nance 3rd .500
Blocked Shots:McGowen 3rd 1.6

Team
Scoring: 7th .543
FG PCT: 8th .408
3PT FG: 3rd .364
Rebs: 8th 35.1
Scoring Def: 1st 62.1
FT PCT: 1st .744
FG PCT Def: 3rd .398
3PT FG Def: 3rd .298
Assists: 3rd 14.7
Blocks 2nd 4.6
Steals: 6th 6.4

CAREER HIGHS SET THIS SEASON
POINTS: Rasheed Wright 21 vs. Sacramento State
Kiah Thomas 16 vs. Memphis
Clay McGowen 15 vs. East Carolina

REBOUNDS
Ricardo Marsh 10 vs. Sacramento State (ties)
Clay McGowen 10 vs. East Carolina
Charles Dunnington 7 vs. Virginia Tech
Troy Nance 6 vs. Va. Tech

ASSISTS
Kiah Thomas 3(4 times)

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.

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:4.8 ppg/ 2.8 rpg (14 pts at Phila.)
Chris Gatling ('91) Now with the Miami Heat. (NBA All-Star in 1997) current avg:9.2 ppg/ 4.9 rpg

"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

*Monarchs then host Hampton University on Dec. 18.

*UNC Wilmington comes to town for CAA opener on Dec. 21.

*at UNLV Dec. 30, 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT.

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