Monarchs Host JMU Saturday Night
By ODU Athletics
Feb. 15, 2002
OLD DOMINION VS JAMES MADISON
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002, 7:35 p.m.ODU Fieldhouse./ ESPN 1310 Radio
Farewell to the Fieldhouse night "Salute to the 1990's"
ABOUT THE MONARCHS:
10-14 Overall/4-10 CAA /7-5 Home/1-0 Neutral /2-9 Away
Last Game- Lost at Drexel Monday, 80-70
* Rasheed Wright 10 pts/career high 12 rebounds.
* Ricardo Marsh 21 pts
* ODU shot .369 from the floor/ Drexel shot .532
* ODU has lost seven of its last eight games.
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
F 21 Ricardo Marsh, 6-7, 225, Jr, Mebane, NC. 15.2 ppg/ 7.0 prg
F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 195, Jr., Greensboro, NC. 14.3 ppg/ 5.3 rpg
C 30 Charles Dunnington, 6-9, 200, So., Washington,DC 2.9 ppg/ 3.4 rpg
OR 40 Clay McGowen, 6-11, 220, So, Westerville, OH. 5.0 ppg/ 4.9 rpg
G 12 Pierre Greene, 6-2, 185, Sr, Chicago, IL. 9.8 ppg/3.0 rpg
G 10 John Waller, 6-4, 175, So., Richmond, Va. 7.2 ppg/ 3.1 rpg
G 13 Troy Nance, 5-9, 175, So., Va. Beach, Va. 6.3 ppg/ 4.5 apg
G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4,185, Fr., Norfolk, Va. 5.7 ppg/ 2.7 rpg
G 11 Marcus Drewry, 6-2, 180,Jr., Evanston, IL. 0.2 ppg/ 0.6 apg
C 41 Joe Principe, 6-10, 225, So., Gladstone, MO. 0.7 ppg/ 1.2 rpg
F 33 James Smith, 6-7, 200, Fr., Norfolk, Va. 0.4 ppg/0.5 rpg
THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY Feb. 16, 1962, ODU defeated Lynchburg107-97 in Lynchburg as ODU Sports Hall of Famer's Bobby Hoffman scored 26 points, and Marion Carrol scored 19. Ray Dougan added 22.
TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS Stephen Gordon, John Corio, Ben Vasconcells
CAA GAMES TODAY: Hofstra at W&M, Drexel at George Mason UNCW at Delaware, VCU at Towson
SERIES VS. JMU
ODU leads, 36-21. JMU won the last meeting, 67-61 in Harrisonburg on Jan. 30. David Fanning scored 18 for JMU, while Daniel Freeman and Kenny Whitehead scored 13 each. ODU was led by Ricardo Marsh with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Pierre Greene added 12 points. ODU shot .387 from the fllor to JMU's .449.
First Meeting: 1971-72: ODU won 99-68.
JMU's last win at ODU:1999-00, in Scope (70-66).
COMPARING TEAM STATS
Scoring 66.9 74.3
FG% .411 .432
FT% .708 .665
3PT% .333 .322
Rebounds 36.5 39.2
FG Def. .426 .399
Scoring Def. 66.7 71.6
MONARCHS VS. CAA TEAMS
Delaware (3-1) Drexel (1-1) George Mason (24-7)
Hofstra (1-1) James Madison(36-21) UNCWilmington(15-15)
Towson (8-1) VCU (32-29) W&M (46-12)
WRIGHT AND MARSH Rasheed Wright is the only Monarch who has started all 24 games...Ricardo Marsh did not start against Drexel on Monday night. He now has 820 career points thus far.
Nine different Monarchs have started atleast two games this year.
MARCUS DREWRY Junior Marcus Drewry (Evanston, IL.) Missed the first half of the season recovering from surgery to repair an unhealed stress fracture in his right foot. Drewry was born in nearby Portsmouth, VA.. His mother Karen was a Virginia High School League All-Star. She once scored 68 points in a game, and in 1988 helped Hampton University win the NCAA Div. II National Championship. She is HU's fourth all-time assist leader with 352.
Ricardo Marsh vs. Coastal Carolina (21 pts/11 rebs)
VCU (14 pts/12 rebs)
At JMU (27 pts/ 11 rebs)
Rasheed Wright vs. Delaware State (18 pts/ 10 rebs)
at Drexel (10 pts/12 rebs)
Clay McGowen vs. East Carolina (15 pts/ 10 rebs)
W&M (10 pts/10 rebs)
AN ARTIST Sophomore center Charles Dunnington (Washington, DC.) is an art major and has one of his paintings in the lobby of Firestation #7 by the ODU campus.
INDIVIDUAL SEASON HIGHS (* Career Highs)
Marsh Wright McGowenOthers: Steals- Pierre Greene (7) at Towson (1 shy of school record ) Blocks: 5 by Clay McGowen vs. Memphis
Points *27 vs. Hampton *23 vs.at UNCW *15 at ECU
Rebs *12 vs. VCU * 12 at Drexel *12 vs. UNCW
Assts: *7 vs. Coastal 4 vs. Sac. State *2 vs. ECU
FGM *10 vs. HU & JMU *8 vs. UNCW *5 vs. ECU
FTM *7-10 vs. CC & JMU 12-15 vs. VCU *5-7 vs. ECU
3PTM * 1 (4 times) 3-7 vs. ECU/UNCW 0-0
Waller Dunnington Drewry
Points *20 at UNLV *10 at GMU *3 vs. W&M
Rebs *10 vs. UNCW *7 vs. Va.Tech *2 at Hofstra
Assts *4 vs. UNCW 1 (3) times *2 vs. UNLV & JMU
FGM *7 vs. Towson *5 at GMU *1 vs. W&M
FTM *3-4 vs.Del & NCW *3-4 vs. Sac.State 0
3PTM *4-6 vs. UNLV 0-0 *1-1 vs. W&M
Nance Greene Thomas
Points *18 vs. Coastal 24 vs. Drexel *16 vs. Memphis
Rebs *6 vs. Va.Tech 6 vs. Ill-Chicago * 6 at ECU
Assts 8 at UNLV &Del. 7 vs. VCU *3 (7) times
FGM *5 vs. Coastal/Hoft. 8 vs. Drexel *6 vs. Memphis
FTM *7-9 vs. Coastal 6-9 vs. Drexel *4-4 vs. UIC
3PTM *4-7 at. GMU 2 (5) times *4-8 vs. Memphis
GREENE, THE FIRST TO GRADUATE : When Pierre Greene receives his diploma in May, he will be the first in his family to do so. The 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. He has 821 career points.
WALK-ON'S: The Monarchs have two walk-ons in sophomore Andreas Themistocleous (Nicosia, Cyprus) and junior Samir Hickson (Collegeville, Pa.). Themistocoleous appeared in 15 games last year, including a career high seven points against Taylor's Stanford squad in the Puerto Rico Shootout, and has thus far played in 14 games this season. Hickson got into the Coastal Carolina game.
MONARCHS IN THE FIELDHOUSE: 113-17
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.
CENTER CONSTRUCTION UPDATE:
* General Contractor, S.B. Ballard is ahead of schedule
* Construction is over 55% complete.
* The arena roof long span trusses that will support a four-sided scoreboard
With jumbo-tron video screens on each side have been installed.
* Installation of the sound attenuating arena steal roof decking has begun. This System will help improve the quality and clarity of the sound system.
* The building is expected to be completely weather tight by March.
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.
DEFENSE 19 Monarch opponents have shot under 50 percent from the floor. Virginia Tech was held to .298 shooting, & W&M to .288, 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
Hampton, Delaware and Towson & Drexel have shot over 50 percent. The Pirates hit .582 for the game. The Blue Hens hit .522., the Towson Tigers hit .523, and Drexel hit .532. Three of the last four opponents have shot over 50 percent.
When ODU Does the Following:
MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUNLeading at Halftime: 8-4
3-2 1-1 0-4 0-1 0-1 6-4 0-1
Tied at Halftime: 0-1
Trailing at Halftime: 2-9
The Monarchs were 3-4 in December and 3-1 in November
Scoring: 51- 60 Points 3-2
61-70 Points: 3-9
71-80 Points: 3-3
81-90 Points: 1-0
90-100 Points: 0-0
Outrebounds Opponents: 8-5
Opponents Outrebounds ODU:2-9
MONARCHS SIGN TWO IN EARLY PERIOD Isaiah Hunter, 6-3 G, Charlotte, NC., Independence High School Scored 32 points in a game last week and was named Scholastic Player of the Week by the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. Janko Mrksic, 6-10, 250, C, Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, Bishop Ryan High School
MOVING UP THE STEALS LIST Pierre Greene has 141 career steals, moving him up to ninth place on the ODU all-time list, six behind Chris Gatling ('91).
MONARCH CAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS
Scoring: Marsh 6th 15.2
Wright 7th 14.3
FG PCT: Marsh 4th .504
FT PCT: Wright 1st .826
REBS: Marsh 6th 7.0
ASST: Nance 2nd 4.5
Steals: Greene 10th 1.4
Nance 7th 1.6
Blocked Shots: McGowen 6th 0.9
Asst/TO Ratio: Nance 2nd 1.94
Scoring: 5th 67.0
FG PCT: 6th .406
3PT FG: 5th .333
Rebs: 7th 36.8
Scoring Def: 4th 67.5
FT PCT: 2nd .716
FG PCT Def: 7th .431
3PT FG Def: 5th .330
Assists: 2nd 14.7
Blocks 4th 4.0
Steals: 3rd 6.9
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
CAA TELECONFERENCE CALL Every Tuesday 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 In 36 gams Avg:3.6 ppg/ 2.3 rpg (14 pts at Phila./ 6 rebs vs. MIL.)
Chris Gatling ('91) Now with the Miami Heat. (NBA All-Star in 1997) current avg in 32 games:6.3 ppg/3.9 rpg
NOTE: Skipper Youngblood ('2000) is playing for Roanoke in the NBA Developmental league.
NEXT GAME:Feb. 18 Hofstra 7:35 and will be Televised on Cox Cable #71