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Monarchs Travel To St. Joseph's For Sunday Tilt

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Release: November 30, 2002
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Nov. 30, 2002

OLD DOMINION MONARCHS VS ST. JOSEPH'S
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, 2:00 p.m. Alumni Fieldhouse

ABOUT THE MONARCHS: (1-1)
* ODU defeated Campbell, 72-43/ Held CU to 18 pts in 2nd half.
* Rasheed Wright led with 18 pts/ 9 rebs
* Lost its home opener to North Carolina, 67-59
* Wright led with 17 points and 8 rebounds./ Marsh & Loughton each scored 13 pts.
* ODU shot .292 from the floor, but outrebounded UNC 42-35
* ODU was 1-1 during the pre-season exhibitions
* ODU was 13-16 last season.

HEAD COACH: Blaine Taylor (Montana '81) * 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. 13.5ppg/ 6.0 rpg F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 210, Sr., Greensboro, NC. 17.5 ppg/ 7.0 rpg C 40 Alex Loughton, 6-9, 235, Fr., Perth Australia 8.5 ppg/ 6.5 rpg G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, 190, So, Norfolk, VA. 3.5 ppg /2.0 rpg G 01 Isaiah Hunter, 6-2, 160, Fr., Charlotte, NC. 6.5 ppg/ 3.0 apg

TOP SUBSTITUTES G 13 Troy Nance, 5-10, 175, Jr., Va. Beach, VA. 0.0 ppg/ 3.0 apg G 10 John Waller, 6-4, 185, Jr, Richmond, VA. 6.0 ppg/ 3.0 rpg C 41 Joe Principe, 6-10, 245, Jr., Gladstone, MO. 1.5 ppg/ 1.5 rpg F 4 T.J. Waldon, 6-4, 214, Fr., Lakeland, FL. 5.0 ppg/ 6.0 rpg C 55 Janko Mrksic, 6-10, 270, Fr., Ontario, Canada 1.0 ppg/ 2.5 rpg G 3 John Morris, 6-1, 177, Fr., Camp Hill, PA. 3.5 ppg/ 2.0 rpg

THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY Dec. 1, 1960. ODU Hall of Famer Leo Anthony scored 35 points to lead the Monarchs to a 75-64 win over Richmond Professional Institute.

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS Clinton, Kersey, and Lindsey.

CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONORS: Freshman Alex Loughton who grabbed eight rebounds and scored 13 points against North Carolina, was named CAA Rookie of the Week.

CAA GAMES TODAY: Long Island at Delaware 2:00 Quinnipiac/UT Pan American vs. Hofstra 12 or 2 p.m.

SERIES VS. ST. JOSEPH'S Hawks lead:5-2 First Meeting: 1979-80 L 52-51(Kiwanis ODU Classic Final) Last Meeting: 2000-01 L 70-65 at St. Joe.

Other Series Results. 1981-82 L at 69-63 1984-85 W 87-63 1994-95 L at 92-82 1995-96 W 62-60 1997-98 L at 53-67

MONARCHS VS. A-10 TEAMS Dayton 4-4 Last Played: 2000-01 W 81-78 Duquesne 3-1 Last Played: 1987-88 W 96-85 George Washington 3-8 Last Played: 2001-02 L 68-64 Rhode Island 2-2 Last Played: 1982-83 W 99-81 Richmond 26-19 Last Played: 2000-01 L 77-73 (ot) St. Bonaventure 1-1 Last Played: 1979-80 L 84-72 Xavier 3-2 Last Played: 1973-74 W 86-83(ot)

NOTE: ODU will play GW and Dayton this year. Dayton is coached by ODU Hall of Famer and former player and head coach Oliver Purnell ('75). Richmond is a former member of the CAA.

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)

MONARCH CAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS Individual Scoring: Wright 8th 17.5 FT PCT: Marsh 13th .786 3PT FGPCT: Wright 7th 444 REBS: Marsh 8th 7.0 Loughton9th 6.5 ASST: Hunter 4th 3.0 Nance 4th 3.0 Steals: Wright 2nd 3.0 Asst./To Ratio:Hunter 1st 6.00 Off Rebs Waldon 5th 3.50 Def. Rebs Wright 9th 4.50

Team Scoring: 6th 65.5 FG PCT: 7th .395 3PT FG: 8th .286 Rebs: 3rd 40.5 Scoring Def: 1st 55.0 FT PCT: 6th .674 FG PCT Def: 2nd .402 3PT FG Def: 6th .300 Assists: 1st 15.0 Blocks 7th 2.0 Steals: 2nd 9.5

ODU IN ROAD OPENERS 1976-77 L at Austin Peay, 81-76 1989-90 L at Geo.Washington,71-67(ot) 1977-78 W vs. Niagara, 90-82(at St. John's) 1990-91W N.Iowa, 63-61(Puerto Rico) 1978-79 W at Virginia, 65-61 1991-92 L at Iona, 86-71 1979-80 W at East Carolina ,70-65 1992-93 L at North Carolina, 119-82 1980-81 W at Duquesne, 73-70 1993-94 W at South Carolina, 84-80 1981-82 W at Rhode Island, 62-56 1994-95 L at Virginia, 83-80 1982-83 W at VCU, 90-85 1995-96 L Duke ,55-75 (Alaska) 1983-84 L at UAB, 83-73 1996-97 W at Towson, 84-82 1983-85 L at Va. Tech, 102-76 1997-98 L at Wright State, 64-52 1985-86 L at Ga. Tech, 96-86 1998-99 W at UT Chattanooga, 74-60 1986-87 L at James Madison, 71-69 1999-00 L at N.C.State, 75-61 1987-88 W at William & Mary, 72-69 2000-01 L at Geo. Washington, 91-89 1988-89 W at William & Mary, 70-62 2001-02 W Sacaramento St, 69-52 (At Memphis State)

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 ASSISTANT Kenny Gattison (ODU'86) Sun Belt Conference All-Decade Team and League Player of the Year in 1986.

DID YOU KNOW The last time ODU won by 29 or more points was a 103-69 victory over VMI in 1998-99.

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

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

MILESTONES Ricardo Marsh has 927 career points and 475 career rebounds... Rasheed Wright has 817 career points and is shooting .762 from the free throw line.

NEW GAME TIMES Jan. 4 at VCU is 4 p.m. Jan. 11 home with William and Mary is 7 p.m.

NEW ASSISTANT: Rob Wilkes joins the Monarchs coaching staff. Wilkes, son of long time Stetson head basketball coach Glenn Wilkes served as an assistant at Florida State from 2000-02, and Georgia Southern from 1999-00. He also served as an assistant at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL, from 1993-99. Lynn advanced to national post season all six of those years, including three NAIA and three NCAA Division II tournaments. In 1997, Lynn reached the NCAA Elite Eight.

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".

NEXT GAME Dec. 4 at Hampton U. 7:00 p.m. Dec. 7 East Carolina 7:00 p.m.

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