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Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: January 18, 2002
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Jan. 18, 2002

OLD DOMINION VS VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002, 7:35 p.m. ODU Fieldhouse/ ESPN 1310 Radio

"FAIRWELL TO THE FIELDHOUSE" - Salute to the 1980's
While the Monarchs played no games in the fieldhouse during this era we want to honor those who played in this decade. * Head Coach Paul Webb (196-99 from 1975-76 to 1984-85 )
* 1980-1989 ODU was 155-111 (.582)
* NCAA's 1980,1982, 1985, 1986
* NIT's 1981, 1983, 1984, 1988
* Conference Players of The Year: Ronnie Valentine 1980 ECAC & Kenny Gattison 1986 Sun Belt.
* Mark West 1980 and 1982 ECAC Tournament MVP
* ODU defeated #1 DePaul, #3 Syracuse, & Russian National Team


ABOUT THE MONARCHS:
9-7 Overall/3-3 CAA /6-3 Home/1-0 Neutral /2-4 Away
Last Game
* Defeated Towson on Monday, 66-53
* Ricardo Marsh 18 pts/7 rebs/ Rasheed Wright 18 pts/ 8 rebs
* Pierre Greene seven steals/ Nance 8 assists
* Outrebounded Tigers, 41-20.

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. 15.1 ppg/ 6.7 prg
F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 195, Jr., Greensboro, NC. 13.4 ppg/ 5.4 rpg
C 40 Clay McGowen, 6-11, 220, So, Westerville, OH. 6.1 ppg/ 5.3 rpg
G 13 Troy Nance, 5-9, 175, So., Va.Beach, Va. 8.4 ppg/ 4.6 apg
G 12 Pierre Greene, 6-2, 185, Sr, Chicago, IL. 9.9 ppg/ 2.7 rpg
OR 10 John Waller, 6-4, 175, So, Richmond, Va. 6.3 ppg/ 3.2 rpg

TOP SUBSTITUTES
G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4,185, Fr., Norfolk, Va. 4.8 ppg/ 3.0 rpg
C 30 Charles Dunnington, 6-9, 220, So. Washington, DC. 3.6 ppg/ 4.0 rpg
G 11 Marcus Drewry, 6-2, 180,Jr., Evanston, IL. 0.0 ppg/ 1.0 apg
C 41 Joe Principe, 6-10, 225, So., Gladstone, MO. 0.8 ppg/ 1.2 rpg
F 33 James Smith, 6-7, 200, Fr., Norfolk, Va. 0.5 ppg/1.0 rpg

THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY Jan. 19, 1980, Down 13 (63-50) with 5:02 left, the Monarchs rallied to defeat #3 Syracuse in Scope, 68-67 on Bobby Vaughan's tip in at the buzzer.

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS Stephen Gordon, James Haney, Charles Robinson

CAA GAMES TODAY: W&M at Hofstra, JMU at UNC Wilmington, Drexel at Delaware, GMU at Towson

SERIES VS. VCU
ODU leads, 32-27

First Meeting: 1968-69: ODU won 101-69

Last Year: ODU won 77-65 in Scope, VCU won, 74-53 in the Siegel Center

VCU's last win in Norfolk, 1997-98, VCU won in Scope 61-55.

COMPARING TEAM STATS
ODU VCU
Scoring 67.8 76.1
FG% .412 436
FT% .715 .652
3PT% .336 .336
Rebounds 37.3 43.1
FG Def. .421 .372
Scoring Def. .66.3 71.6

MONARCHS VS. CAA TEAMS
Delaware (3-0) Drexel (1-0) George Mason (24-7)
Hofstra (1-1) James Madison(36-20) UNCW(15-14)
Towson (8-0) VCU (32-27) W&M (45-12)

WRIGHT AND MARSH Rasheed Wright and Ricardo Marsh are the only two Monarchs who have started all 16 games...Marsh has 660 career points thus far.

MARCUS DREWRY JOINS LINEUP Junior Marcus Drewry (Evanston, IL.) Missed the first half of the season recovering from surgery to repair an unhaled 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.

ALSO BACK Freshman T.J. Waldon, Lakeland, FL. He missed five weeks with a stress fracture in his right foot. His brother B.B. is a starter and standout at South Florida.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE PERFORMERS Ricardo Marsh vs. Coastal Carolina (21 pts/11 rebs) Rasheed Wright vs. Delaware State (18 pts/ 10 rebs) Clay McGowen vs. East Carolina (15 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.

MONARCH SCORING LEADERS THIS SEASON
Ricardo Marsh (7) Rasheed Wright (5)
McGowen & Waller (1) Nance & Greene (1)

MONARCH REBOUND LEADERS THIS SEASON
Ricardo Marsh (5)+
Clay McGowen (3)
Rasheed Wright (4)+
Dunnington +
Pierre Greene (2)
+ co leaders

INDIVIDUAL SEASON HIGHS (* Career Highs)

	Marsh			Wright		        McGowen
Points *24 vs. Hampton *22 vs. UNCW *15 at ECU
Rebs *11 vs. Coastal 10 vs. Del.State *12 vs. UNCW
Assts: *7 vs. Coastal 4 vs. Sac. State *2 vs. ECU
FGM *10 vs. Hampton *8 vs. UNCW *5 vs. ECU
FTM *7-10 vs. Coastal 9-11 vs. Hampton *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 0
Rebs *10 vs. UNCW *7 vs. Va.Tech *2 at Hofstra
Assts *4 vs. UNCW 1 (3) times *2 vs. UNLV
FGM *4 vs. UNLV *5 at GMU 0
FTM *3-4 vs.Del & NCW *3-4 vs. Sac.State 0
3PTM *4-6 vs. UNLV 0-0 0-0

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 7 vs. Coastal 5 vs. UNCW *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

Others: Steals- Pierre Greene (7) at Towson (1 shy of school record ) Blocks: 5 by Clay McGowen vs. Memphis

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, 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.

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. Hickson got into the Coastal Carolina game.

MONARCHS IN THE FIELDHOUSE: 112-15
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.

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.

DEFENSE 14 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

When ODU Does the Following:

MON		TUE		WED		THU	FRI	SAT	SUN
3-0 1-1 0-2 0-1 0-1 5-1 0-1
Leading at Halftime: 7-4

Tied at Halftime: 0-1

Trailing at Halftime: 2-2

The Monarchs were 3-4 in December and 3-1 in November

Scoring: 51- 60 Points 3-0
61-70 Points: 2-5
71-80 Points: 3-2
81-90 Points: 1-0
90-100 Points: 0-0

Outrebounds Opponents: 7-2

Opponents Outrebounds ODU:2-5

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

MONARCH CAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS
Individual
Scoring: Marsh 7th 15.1
Wright 8th 13.4
FG PCT: Marsh 4th .478
FT PCT: Wright 6th .810
REBS: Marsh 8th 6.7
ASST: Nance 3rd 4.6
Steals: Greene 7th 1.7
Nance 9th 1.6
Blocked Shots: McGowen 4th 1.3

Team
Scoring: 6th 67.8
FG PCT: 7th .412
3PT FG: 4th .336
Rebs: 7th 37.2
Scoring Def: 4th 66.3
FT PCT: 3rd .715
FG PCT Def: 8th .421
3PT FG Def: 4th .317
Assists: 2nd 14.7
Blocks 4th 4.8
Steals: 3rd 6.9

ALAN TREESE LEAVES OLD DOMINION 6-8 Freshman forward Alan Treese (Delaware, OH.)will not return for the Spring semester. Treese played in no games this year.

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.

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:3.9 ppg/ 3.1 rpg (14 pts at Phila./ 6 rebs vs. MIL.) Chris Gatling ('91) Now with the Miami Heat.
(NBA All-Star in 1997) current avg:7.5 ppg/ 4.5 rpg NOTE: Skipper Youngblood ('2000) is playing for Roanoke in the NBA Developmental league

NEXT GAME Jan. 23 at UNC Wilmington 7:00 p.m.

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