Monarchs Host JMU Wednesday night

February 10, 2004
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Feb. 10, 2004

Current Record: 13-8
CAA Record: 8-4

HEAD COACH: Blaine Taylor (Montana '81) Career Record: 180-103 (.635) in nine years Record at ODU: 38-39 (2 years) Record at Montana: 142-65 (7 years) 1991-1998

MONARCH PROBABLE STARTERS F 10 John Waller, 6-4, Sr, Richmond, VA. 13.8 ppg/ 5.3 rpg F 40 Alex Loughton, 6-9, So, Perth, Australia, 16.6 ppg/ 8.7 rpg F 31 Arnaud Dahi, 6-7, Fr., Ivory Coast 9.8 ppg/ 5.6 rpg G 13 Troy Nance, 5-9, Sr, Virginia Beach, VA. 4.0 ppg/ 4.4 apg G 1 Isaiah Hunter, 6-2, So, Charlotte, NC, 12.1 ppg/ 3.2 rpg

OFF THE BENCH G 2 Drew Williamson, 6-0, Fr, Burlington, NC., 3.3 ppg/ 2.8 apg F 4 T.J. Waldon, 6-4, So., Lakeland, FL. 2.1 ppg/ 1.6 rpg G 11 Abdi Lidonde, 6-2, Fr, Sutton, MA. 1.6 ppg/ 0.8 rpg F 42 Valdas Vasylius, 6-7, Fr., Klaipeda, Lithuania 7.3 ppg/3.8 rpg F 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, Jr., Norfolk, VA., 4.1 ppg/ 2.3 rpg C 55 Janko Mrksic, 6-10, So., Stoney Creek, Ontario, 0.5 ppg/ 1.3 rpg

TONIGHT'S OFFICIAL Duke Edsall, Ray Natili, William Humes

SERIES VS. JAMES MADISON ODU leads, 39-22. The Monarchs won the last meeting in Harrisonburg, 81-60 on Jan. 14. Alex Loughton led with 26 points and eight rebounds. John Waller scored 18 and Arnaud Dahi added 14 points and seven rebounds. ODU shot .537 from the floor, while the Dukes shot. 359 from the floor. ODU outrebounded JMU, 40-27. Dwayne Broyles led JMU with 19 Points, while Ray Barbosa and Chris Cathlin chipped in with 13 each. JMU last defeated ODU in Norfolk, in 1997-98, 51-46 in Scope.

THIS DAY IN ODU HOOP HISTORY Feb. 11, 1972 ODU defeats Norfolk State, 105-101 in overtime as Ricky Michaelson scored 25 points.

LAST GAME ODU lost at Hofstra Saturday night, 80-79. The Monarchs led the Entire second half until Mike Radziejewski's trey with 31 seconds Left put the Pride up 80-79. Isaiah Hunter led with a career high 28 Points. Alex Loughton scored 14 with seven rebounds and Arnaud Dahi added 12 points and six rebounds. ODU shot .462 for the game (.371 in the second half) and committed 18 turnovers. Hofstra shot .446 for the game. Two of ODU's three losses at Hofstra have been by one point, the other by four.

NOTE *W&M shot .545 from the floor last week. The last ODU opponent to shoot over 50 percent was Charlotte (.562).

*The 19 first half points by UNCW was the lowest by an opponent this year since the 20 scored in the first half by VMI.

? The last time ODU scored 55 points or less and won was a 53-52 decision at East Carolina in 2001-02.

REBOUNDING MARGIN W&M outrebounded ODU, 45-23 Hofstra outrebounded ODU, 47-28 Virginia Tech outrebounded ODU ,48-33

ODU outrebounded St. Joseph's 49-25 ODU outrebounded JMU, 40-27 ODU outrebouned Liberty, 48-36

Troy Nance Nance has 431 career assists which ranks him 10th all-time at ODU. he is 24 behind Billy Donlon (UNCW '99) for 10th spot on the CAA's all-time list.

John Waller The Richmond, VA., native has 782 career points and 126 career three-point goals, placing him sixth on ODU's all-time trey list.

BREAKFAST RESCHEDULED The men's basketball breakfast originally scheduled for Jan. 30th has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 a.m. in the Big Blue room at the Constant Center. Coach Taylor, and John Castleberry will introduce the sophomore and junior class players. The senior class will be on hand on Feb. 27. RSVP to 683-5696.

Taylor spoke at the Norfolk Sports Club on Monday. He will speak at a sports management class on April 8, the senior breakfast on May 7, and Northside Middle School on June 3.

THREE POINT FIELD GOALS Isaiah Hunter made six of eight treys at Hofstra last Saturday. He joins Keith Jackson ('92), Anthony Carver ('90), Petey Sessoms ('95), Mike Jones ('95) and Mark Poag ('99) who have made six treys in a game. The ODU record is nine set by Mark Poag vs VMI in 1997 and Anthony Carver vs. George Mason in 1989.The CAA individual single game mark is also nine.

CAA BREAKOUT SEASONS Loughton (ODU)8/3 ppg/ 5/9 rpg in 02-03 (17.7 pg/9.0 rpg) Wndell Gibson (Hofstra) 6.1 ppg/ 6.0 rpg in 02-03 (13.6 ppg/ 6.1 rpg) Jai Lewis, (GMU ) 6.7 ppg/ 5.6 rpg in 02-03 (14.8 ppg/ 7.0 rpg) Zeb Cope (W&M) 3.6 ppg/ 3.3 rpg in 02-03 (12.0 ppg/ 6.5 rpg) Sean Brooks (Drexel) 3.8 ppg/ 2.9 rpg in 02-03 ( 14.2 ppg/ 6.6 rpg) John Waller (ODU) 8.3 ppg/ 4.6 rpg 02-03 ( 14.0 ppg/ 5.6 rpg)

ODU TO HOST EIGHT-TEAM THANKSGIVING TOURNAMENT Old Dominion University in an agreement between Sports Tours International, and the Ted Constant Convocation Center will host an eight-team basketball tournament Nov. 26-28 in the Constant Center called the "Norfolk Knockout." Sports Tours is responsible for selecting the teams and the pairings for the event. There will be four games each day. The tournament field will be announced at a later date.

ODU BENEFACTOR THEODORE'TED' CONSTANT DIES Ted Constant, a longtime benefactor of Old Dominion University, passed away Jan. 31, as his residence in Virginia Beach, Va. His name has become iconic in Hampton Roads with its attachment to the Ted Constant Convocation Center, the jewel of the campus' still evolving, 75-acre University Village. In honor of the support he provided to ODU, both through scholarships and building funds, Mr. Constant was honored with numerous honorary degrees and awards over the past 20 years.

CAA GAMES TODAY Delaware at W&M 7:00 p.m. Hofstra at Drexel 7:00 p.m. VCU at George Mason 7:00 p.m. Towson at UNCW 7:00 p.m.

CAA MONARCH RANKINGS TEAM RANKINGS TEAM Scoring 2nd 73.7 Scoring defense 4th 68.9 Free Throw Pct. 1st .715 Field Goal PCT. 4th .446 Field Goal PCT Def.4th .424 3PT FG PCT 4th .360 3PT FG Def. 1st .277 Rebounding 2nd 38.5 Rebound Def. 8th 36.4 Rebound Margin 4th + 2.0 Blocked Shots 6th 3.5 Assists 1st 17.4 Steals 2nd 8.4 Asst./To Ratio 2nd 1.06

INDIVIDUALS Scoring Loughton 4th 16.5 Waller 12th 13.8 Rebounding Loughton 2nd 8.7 Dahi 11th 5.6 Field Goal PCT Loughton 7th .494 Dahi 7th .506 Assists Nance 4th 4.4 Free Throw PCT: Loughton 3rd .792 Hunter 2nd .830 3PT FG PCT Waller 3rd .391 Steals: Loughton 3rd 1.9 Asst/TO Ratio Nance 3rd 2.33 Blocks Dahi 3rd 1.4 OFF Rebounds Dahi 10th 2.2 Loughton 6th 2.5 DEF Rebounds Loughton 1st 6.3

ODU'S TOP DOUBLE DOUBLE PERFORMERS (Single Season) 1. Chris Gatling (20) in 1990-91 2. Wilson Washington (19) in 1976-77 3. Mark West (17) in 1982-83 4. Mark West (16) in 1981-82 Odell Hodge (16) in 1996-97 & Dave Twardzik (16) in 1970-71 (ast/pts)

ODU CAREER TRIPLE DOUBLE PERFORMERS Wilson Washington (4) Mark West (3)

ODU'S RECORD WHEN: Days: Mondays (1-2) Tuesdays (0-0) Wednesdays (4-1) Thursdays (2-0) Fridays (0-0) Saturdays (6-5) Sundays (0-0)

Points 40-59: (1-1) 60-69: (2-3) 70-79: (6-3) 80-89: (3-0) 90-99: (1-0) 100 +: (0-1)

Overtime: 1-1

When ODU outrebounds Opp: 8-4 When Opp. outrebound ODU: 5-4

20+ turnovers: 2-3 Less than 20 turnovers: 11-5


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 which 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 ESPN1310 Radio on Thursday's from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. throughout the season to review the previous week's games and give an insight into the upcoming Monarch matchups.

CAA Telephonic Press Conferences: Members of the media are invited to participate in the CAA's weekly telephonic press conference series. The first call will be Jan. 6 and run each Tuesday morning through March 2. CAA coaches will be available to answer questions beginning at 10:10 a.m. The number to call is 888-452-9753. Members of the media should contact Tripp Sheppard at the CAA office for the password to access the call. Blaine Taylor will be on each call at 10:30 a.m.

HONORS Alex Loughton was named CAA Player of the Week, Dec. 8. John Waller was named CAA Player of the Week, Dec. 22. Arnaud Dahi was named CAA Rookie of the Week, Jan. 5 Alex Loughton College Unsung Player of the Week Jan. 15.

MONARCH CO-CAPTAINS This year's co-captains are seniors John Waller, Troy Nance and sophomore Alex Loughton.

CAREER HIGHS Arnaud Dahi Points: 17, at George Mason (1-7-04) Rebounds: 12, vs. St. Joseph's (11-29-03) Blocked Shots:4, vs. Drexel (1-3)

Troy Nance Points: 18 vs. Coastal Carolina (12-15-1) Assists: 11, vs Delaware (1-15-03) Rebounds: 6, vs. Virginia Tech (11-24-010

Isaiah Hunter Points: 28 at Hofstra (2-7-04) Rebs: 9, vs. Drexel (1-3) Assists: 10, vs. Drexel in CAA Trn.(3-8-03)

Abdi Lidonde Points: 15 vs. UNC (11-22-03 3PTS: 5-8 vs. UNC (11-22-03) Rebs: 4 vs. UNC (11-22-03)

Alex Loughton Points: 45 vs Charlotte (12-06-03) Rebs: 15 vs. St. Joseph's (11-29-03) & Charlotte (12-06-03) & Morgan State (12-13-03) Assists: 6, vs Charlotte (12-06-03)

Janko Mrksic Points: 6, at GMU (2-24-03) Rebs: 5, vs. GMU (2-24-03)

Valdas Vasylius Points: 14 vs Towson 1-31-04 Rebs: 6, vs. Va. Tech (12-4-03)

Kiah Thomas Points: 16 vs Memphis (11-14-01) Rebs: 6, vs ECU(12-9-01),UMES(12-7-02),Drexel(3-8-03) Assists: 4 vs. JMU(2-16-02), GMU (2-25-02)

John Waller Points: 24, vs. Liberty (12-18) Rebs: 11, vs. Drexel (2-19-03) Assists: 5, vs. UNCW (2-12-03) & Towson 1-31-04 >p> TJ Waldon Points: 7 vs. Drexel (2-19-03) Rebounds: 7, vs. Campbell (11-26-02)

Drew Williamson Points: 7, Va. Tech (12-4-03) & Charlotte (12-6-03) Assists: 5, vs. Charlotte (12-06-03) & Towson (1-31-04) Rebounds: 5, vs Drexel (1-3)


ODU Individuals: Points: 45 by Loughton vs. Charlotte (12-6) FG Made: 17 by Loughton vs. Charlotte (12-6) FG ATT: 23 by Loughton vs. Charlotte (12-6) Rebounds: 15 by Loughton vs. St. Joe(11-29) & Charlotte (12-6)

ODU Team Records Points: 102 vs. Charlotte(12-6) Field Goals made: 40 vs. Charlotte (12-6) FG ATT: 77 vs. Charlotte (12-6) 3PT FG Made: 13 vs. Charlotte (12-6) 3PT FG ATT: 26 vs. Charlotte (12-6) 3PT FG PCT: 500 (13-26) vs. Charlotte (12-6) Best Free Throw PCT: .933 (14-15) vs. St. Joseph's(11-29) Assists: 31 vs. Charlotte (12-6) Turnovers: 25 vs. Charlotte (12-6) Steals: Tie, 15, vs Liberty(12-18) Blocked Shots: 9, vs. Liberty (12-18)

Opponent Records Points: 26, by Demon Brown of Charlotte Assists: 10, by Demon Brown of Charlotte Rebounds: 14, by Erroyl Bing of ECU vs Va. Tech (12-27-03)

Opponent Team Records Points: 105, by Charlotte (12-6) FG Made: 41 by Charlotte (12-6) FG PCT: .562 (41-73) by Charlotte (12-6) Rebounds: 47, by Hofstra (1-10-04) Assists: 22, by Charlotte (12-6) Steals: 15, by Charlotte (12-6)

MONARCH RECRUITING ODU signed 6-5 forward Jason Thompson from Chatham Central High School in Bear Creek, NC. The Yadkin Valley Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore and runner-up last year averaged 21.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game last year. He has scored 1,401 career points and hauled in 693 career rebounds. Chatham was 22-5 last year.

ALL-TIME SERIES WITH CAA TEAMS Delaware Series Record: 3-4 Last Meeting: 1-17-04 UD wins, 64-62(A) Last ODU Win: 2001-02, 60-58 (H)

Drexel Series Record: Tied 3-3 Last Meeting:Jan. 3, 2004 Last ODU Win: 65-58 on Jan. 3, 2004

George Mason Series Record: ODU, 26-9 Last Meeting: Jan. 7, 04 Last ODU Win: 1-7-04, 74-71(A)

Hofstra Series Record: ODU, 4-3 Last Meeting: 1-10-04, ODU wins, 71-66 Last Hofstra Win: 2-7-04, 80-79 (A)

James Madison Series Record: ODU, 39-22 Last Meeting: 1-14-04 ODU wins, 81-60 (A) Last ODU Win: 1-14-04, 81-60 (A)

UNC Wilmington Series Record: ODU, 19-15 Last Meeting: 2-4-04, ODU wins, 68-58(A) Last UNCW Win: 2001-02, 66-56 (A)

Towson Series Record: ODU, 12-1 Last Meeting: 1-21-04, ODU, 88-62 (H) Last TU Win: 2001-02, 67-56 (H)

Virginia Commonwealth Series Record: 32-33 Last Meeting: 1-21-04 , 75-67 VCU (H) Last ODU Win: 200-01, 77-65 (H)

William & Mary Series Record: ODU, 48-14 Last Meeting: 1-26-04, W&M wins, 86-77(A) Last ODU Win: 1-11, 03, 76-64(H)

NEXT GAME Feb. 14 Delaware 7:00 home NOTE: ODU, the Constant Center and Z104 radio are partnering on Valentine's Day to transform the "Ted" into the most romantic arena in Hampton Roads. 52 couples will legally exchange marriage vows during halftime.