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Monarchs Open With Drexel IN CAA Tournament

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Release: March 06, 2003
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March 6, 2003

2003 COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION TOURNAMENT
#6 OLD DOMINION MONARCHS vs. #3 DREXEL DRAGONS
Saturday, March 8, 2003, 8:30 p.m. Richmond Coliseum

CAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE Friday, March 7 1st Round
Game 1 #8 William and Mary vs. #9 Hofstra(5:00)
Game 2 #7 James Madison vs. #10 Towson (7:30)

Saturday, March 8 Quarterfinals
Game 3 #1 UNCW vs. WM/HOF Winner (12 Noon)
Game 4 #4 GMU vs. #5 Delaware (2:30)
Game 5 #2 VCU vs. JMU/TU Winner (6:00)
Game 6 #3 Drexel vs. #6 ODU (8:30)

Sunday, March 9 Semi-Finals
Game 7 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 Winner(3:00)-ComCast
Game 8 Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner (5:30)-ComCast

Monday, March 10 Championship Game(7:00) ESPN2)

ABOUT THE MONARCHS: (12-14/9-9 CAA)
Home: 8-6 Away: 4-8

HEAD COACH: Blaine Taylor (Montana '81)
* 167-97 in nine years of coaching to date.
* 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. 16.9 ppg/ 8.5 rpg F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 210, Sr., Greensboro, NC. 14.9 ppg/ 5.3 rpg C 40 Alex Loughton, 6-9, 235, Fr., Perth, Australia 8.3 ppg/ 6.0 rpg G 10 John Waller, 6-4, 185, Jr., Richmond, VA. 8.3 ppg/ 4.6 rpg G 13 Troy Nance, 5-10, 175, Jr., Va. Beach, Va. 4.0 ppg/ 4.6 apg

TOP SUBSTITUTES G 1 Isaiah Hunter, 6-2, 160, Fr., Charlotte, NC. 6.2 ppg/ 2.1 rpg G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, 190, So., Norfolk, VA. 3.0 ppg/ 1.5 rpg G 3 John Morris, 6-1, 175, Fr., Camp Hill, PA. 1.9 ppg/ 1.0 rpg C 55 Janko Mrksic, 6-10, 270, Fr., Ontario, Canada 1.9 ppg/ 2.1 rpg F 4 T.J. Waldon, 6-4, 214,Fr., Lakeland, FL. 3.0 ppg/ 2.7 rpg C 41 Joe Principe, 6-10, 245, Jr, Gladstone, MO. 0.5 ppg/ 0.8 rpg F 15 Andreas Themistocleous, 6-5, 210, Jr., Cyprus 0.3 ppg/ 0.6 rpg G 33 Cole Pugh, 6-3, 170, So., Philadelphia, PA. 0.5 ppg/0.0 rpg

MONARCH SEEDS IN CAA TOURNAMENT 2003 Sixth 2002 Sixth 2001 Fifth 2000 Fifth 1999 Second 1998 Fourth 1997 First 1996 Second 1995 First 1994 First 1993 Second 1992 Fourth

PAST CAA TOURNAMENT RESULTS 2001-02 L VCU, 58-54 2000-01 W William & Mary, 53-47(ot) L UNC Wilmington, 54-57 1999-00 L Richmond, 67-55 1998-99 W East Carolina, 65-62 (2 ot) W VCU, 66-49 L George Mason, 63-58 1997-98 W James Madison, 60-56 L UNCW, 54-51 1996-97 W Richmond, 69-56 W William & Mary, 70-62 W James Madison, 62-58 (ot) 1995-96 W James Madison, 75-72 L UNCW, 59-39 1994-95 W George Mason, 110-94 W American, 77-67 W James Madison, 80-75 1993-94 W William & Mary, 83-58 W Richmond, 76-72 L James Madison, 77-76 1992-93 L East Carolina, 73-67 1991-92 W UNCW, 77-67 W Richmond, 62-58 W James Madison, 78-73

SERIES VS. DREXEL Tied at 2-2 2001-02 W 74-66 at ODU L 80-70 at Drexel

First Meeting Jan. 29 at Drexel, ODU wins, 72-69 John Waller's trey at the buzzer lifts ODU to victory. Rasheed Wright led the Monarchs with 20 points and six rebounds. Ricardo Marsh scored 16 and hauled in nine boards. ODU shot .441 from the floor. Drexel was led by Robert Battle with 20 points nine rebounds and eight blocked shots. Eric Schmieder scored 13 and came up with six steals. Drexel shot .490 from the floor. ODU was 9-8/6-3.

Next Meeting, Drexel wins, 62-57 Feb. 19, Ted Constant Convocation Center. Eric Schmieder scored 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds and Phil Goss added 14 points to lead the Dragons. Robert Battle scored nine with eight rebounds. ODU was led by John Waller with 14 points and a career high 11 rebounds. Rasheed Wright scored 11 points and Ricardo Marsh scored eight with nine boards. ODU shot .365 from the floor.

COMPARING STATS ODU Drexel Scoring 67.2 69.7 FG% .404 .434 3PT % .321 .347 FT% .711 .690 REBS 37.9 35.4 Scoring Def. 64.7 65.6

THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY March 8, 1992, ODU knocks off Richmond in the CAA semi-finals, 62-58.

March 9, 1992, Keith Jackson scored 19 and Ricardo Leonard added 18 to lead the Monarchs to a 78-73 victory over James Madison in their first CAA Title game.

March 10, 1999, Cal Bowdler scored 14 points, hauled in 20 rebounds and Mark Poag hit for 27 points to lead ODU to a 75-56 NIT victory over Seton Hall. The game was played in the ODU fieldhouse.

SHOOTING PERCENTAGE ODU has shot 50 percent or better five times: (Campbell, Md. Eastern Shore, George Washington , UNCW-2, and Hofstra). Best was .542 vs. UNCW on Feb. 12.

The .313 at GMU was the second lowest of the season (.292 vs. North Carolina)

OPPONENTS SHOOTING Only three opponents have shot over 50 from the floor vs. ODU East Carolina (.509), Hofstra -1 (.511), William & Mary -2 (.549)

The .250 shooting by Hofstra on March 1 is an ODU opponent record.

ALL DISTRICT Senior Ricardo Marsh was selected by the NABC to the first team All-District Four squad.

NABC ALL DISTRICT 4 SQUAD (1st team) (Second Team) Mike Sweetney(Georgetown) Tony Dobbins(Richmond) Chris Monroe (George Washington) Ronald Blackshear (Marshall) Drew Schifino (West Virginia) Bryant Matthews (Va. Tech) Ricardo Marsh (ODU) Willie Taylor (VCU) Adam Hess (W&M) Terry Taylor (VA. Tech)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS: Jan. 21. Ricardo Marsh shares the honor with UNCW's Craig Callahan. Marsh averaged 28.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals during the week against Delaware and Hofstra. He scored a career high 30 points vs Delaware and 27 vs. Hofstra.

Jan. 14, Senior Rasheed Wright who averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.5 steals in ODU's victories over UNC Wilmington and William and Mary was named CAA Player of the Week.

A ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONORS: Jan. 27th, freshman Isaiah Hunter averaged 12 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.5 Assists in ODU's wins over GMU and JMU. He scored a career high 17 against the Patriots.

Nov. 25th, freshman Alex Loughton who grabbed eight rebounds and scored 13 points against North Carolina, was named CAA Rookie of the Week. Feb. 18th, was again named Rookie of the Week after 13 points and 9 rebs vs. UNCW and 13 pts and six rebounds vs. Towson.

MONARCHS VS. CAA TEAMS (2002-03) Delaware 3-3 (0-2) Drexel 2-2 (1-1) George Mason 25-9 (1-1) Hofstra 3-2 (1-1) James Madison 38-22 (1-1) Towson 10-1 (2-0) VCU 32-32 (0-2) UNC Wilmington 17-15 (2-0) William & Mary 48-13 (1-1)

ODU'S RECORD WHEN... Mon:(0-1) Tues.:(1-0) Wed: (4-4) Thu:(1-0) Fri:(0-1) Sat: (6-6) Sun:(0-2)

40-49 Points: 0-1 50-59 Points: 1-4 60-69 Point: 2-7 70-79 Points: 7-2 80-89 Points: 2-0 90 + Points: 0-0

Leading at Halftime:12-4 Trailing at Halftime: 0-9 Tied at Halftime: 0-1

Shooting 50 % or Better:5-0 Shooting 40-49%: 6-2 Shooting below 40%: 1-12

Outrebounds Opponents:9-9 Equal Number of Rebounds: 1-0

ODU Commits More Turnovers:3-4 ODU Commits Less Turnovers: 9-9

DOUBLE-DOUBLE PERFORMANCES Ricardo Marsh 5 (GW, VCU, W&M-1, UNCW-2, TU-1) Rasheed Wright 1 (Delaware Alex Loughton 1 (Maryland E-Shore) John Waller 1 (Delaware)

DOUBLE FIGURE PERFORMERS Ricardo Marsh 23 of 26 games * NOTE: Marsh's streak of 17 straight double figure games ended vs. Drexel. Rasheed Wright 23 of 26 games John Waller 9 Alex Loughton 8 Isaiah Hunter 5 Kiah Thomas 2 Troy Nance 1

TEN OR MORE REBOUNDS PER GAME Ricardo Marsh 6 Alex Loughton 1 Rasheed Wright 1 John Waller 1

FIVE OR MORE ASSISTS Troy Nance 14 Isaiah Hunter 1 John Morris 1 John Waller 1 Ricardo Marsh 1

20 OR MORE POINTS IN A GAME Ricardo Marsh 9 Rasheed Wright 5

LEADING SCORER Ricardo Marsh 13 Rasheed Wright 12

LEADING REBOUNDER Ricardo Marsh 18 Rasheed Wright 3 Alex Loughton 4 John Waller 2

ODU DYNAMIC DUO Ricardo Marsh and Rasheed Wright have scored 20 or more points in the same game three times this year. Dayton (Marsh 24/Wright 21) W&M-1 (Marsh 20/ Wright 20) UNCW-2 (Marsh 22/ Wright 23)

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)

LAST TIME ODU DID THIS Scored 90 or more points: 103-69 in 1998-99 vs. VMI Scored 100 or more points: same as above Won by 20 or more points: 22, 73-51 at Towson (2-15-03) Lost by 20 or more: 25, Dec. 2001, to Memphis, 91-66 Gave up 90 or more points: 91 by Memphis, 2001-02 Won an overtime game: March 3, 2001 vs. William & Mary in CAA Trn. Shot 60 percent or better from the floor: .617(29-47) vs. George Mason Feb. 21,01 Shot 50 percent of better from the floor: .500(28-56) vs. Hofstra, March 1. Shot less than 30 percent from the floor:293(17-58) vs. St. Joseph's, 12-01-02 Shot less than 50 percent from the free throw line: .480(12-25) vs. VCU Jan. 4, 03 Shot 90% or better from the line: Dec. 28, 2002(.905) 19-21, at GW Blocked 10 or more shots: 16 vs. American, Jan. 16, 1999 Had 10 or more shots blocked: 10 by Richmond, Mar 4, 2000.CAA Trn. Committed 20 or more turnovers: 20, Jan. 8, 03 at UNCW Committed 10 or less turnovers: 9 vs Towson (2-15-03) ODU won four our more games on the road: 1998-99(7-5 + 5-2 in neutral games).

IN CAA GAMES Ricardo Marsh is averaging 17.2 ppg and 8.7 rebounds per game. Rasheed Wright is averaging 14.2 ppg/ and 5.3 rebounds per game Wright has 40 steals in 18 games for a 2.2 average. Troy Nance is averaging 5.1 assists per game.

LAST TIME AN ODU INDIVIDUAL DID THIS Scored 30 or points: Ricardo Marsh, 30 vs. Delaware, Jan. 15, 03. Grabbed 10 or more rebounds: 11 by Marsh vs. UNCW, Feb. 12, 2003 Grabbed 15 or more rebounds: 23 by Clifton Jones, vs. UNCW Feb. , 2001 Had 10 or more assists: Isaiah Hunter, 10 vs. Hofstra, March 1. Performed the double-double: John Waller (14 pts/11 rebs) vs. Drexel (2-19) Two or more players with double-double:P.Greene & Marsh vs. JMU 2002 Performed the triple-double: Mark West, Feb. 17, 1982 vs. W&M (14 pts,11 rebs,10 Blocks)

WINNING ON THE ROAD ODU is 4-8 overall, equaling the four road wins all last year. ODU is 3-6 in CAA road games

MONARCH CAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS Individual Scoring: Marsh 4th 16.9 Wright 11h 14.9 FG PCT: Marsh 5th .477 FT PCT: Wright 6th .788 3PT FGPCT: Wright 6th .388 REBS: Marsh 3rd 8.5 Loughton12th 6.0 ASST: Nance 2nd 4.5 ASST/TO: Nance 3rd 2.24 STEALS Wright 7th 1.9 Off Rebs Loughton4th 3.0 Marsh 6th 3.0 Def. Rebs Marsh 3rd 5.5

Team Scoring: 6th 67.2 FG PCT: 10th .404 3PT FG: 9th .321 Rebs: 3rd 37.9 Scoring Def: 3rd 64.7 FT PCT: 2ndt .711 FG PCT Def: 7th .424 3PT FG Def: 9th .352 Assists: 3rd 14.3 Blocks 7th 2.8 Steals: 2nd 8.6 Reb. Margin 3rd +4.2

MILESTONES Ricardo Marsh has 1340 career points and 684 career rebounds...He is the 38th Monarch to break the 1,000 career point mark (vs. Dayton). Marsh currently ranks 20th on the ODU all-time scoring list, and 15th on the ODU all-time rebounding list.

Rasheed Wright became the 39th Monarch to reach the 1,000 point plateau (vs. Hofstra). Wright now has 1169 career points which ranks him 28th.

ODU IN THE CAA 1991-92 8-6 4th place CAA Tournament Champion 1992-93 11-3 T1st 1993-94 10-4 T1st CAA Tournament Finals 1994-95 12-2 1st CAA Tournament Champion 1995-96 12-4 2nd 1996-97 10-6 T1st CAA Tournament Champion 1997-98 8-8 4th 1998-99 11-5 2nd CAA Tournament Finals 1999-00 6-10 7th 2000-01 7-9 5th 2001-02 7-11 6th 2002-03 9-9 T5 111-76

DID YOU KNOW Odell Hodge ('97) is only one of 75 Division I players to score over 2,000 points and haul in over 1,000 career rebounds. He scored 2117 career points and hauled in 1086 career rebounds. The only other players in Virginia Collegiate Div. I history to do so are Ralph Sampson (Virginia) with 2225 points and 1511 rebounds, Kenny Sanders (George Mason) with 2177 points and 1026 rebounds, and Jeff Cohen (William and Mary) 2003 points, 1380 rebounds.

Oliver Purnell ('75) has been named assistant coach for the 2003 USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team which will participate in the 2003 FIBA Americas Qualification Tournament for the 2004 Olympic games. Larry Brown will serve as head coach.

Mike Jones ('95) is the new interim head basketball coach at DeMatha High School in Maryland.

Mark West ('83) Assistant General Manager with Phoenix Suns (Played 17 years in the NBA)

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".

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