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Release: December 20, 2001
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Dec. 20, 2001

ABOUT THE MONARCHS:
6-3 Overall/4-2 Home/1-0 Nuetral/1-1 Away
(Last Game)
* Lost to Hampton, 84-77
* Ricardo Marsh scored 24 points, 9 rebounds.
* Rasheed Wright 16 pts.
* ODU outrebounded HU, 38-28.
* Also lost to #12 Memphis & George Washington

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. 15.0 ppg/ 6.8 prg
F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 195, Jr., Greensboro, NC. 13.9 ppg/ 4.8 rpg
C 30 Charles Dunnington, 6-9, 220, So.,Washington,DC 2.6 ppg/ 3.8 rpg
G 12 Pierre Greene, 6-2, 185, Sr, Chicago, IL. 9.4 ppg/ 3.1 rpg
G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, 185, Fr., Norfolk, Va. 6.7 ppg/ 3.7 rpg

TOP SUBSTITUTES
G 13 Troy Nance, 5-9, 175, So., Va. Beach, Va. 7.6 ppg/4.6 apg
F 01 Andreas Themistocleous, So, Nicosia, Cyprus 0.3 ppg/ 0.6 rpg
G 10 John Waller, 6-4,175, So., Richmond, Va. 5.7 ppg/ 2.0 rpg
C 40 Clay McGowen, 6-11, 220, So, Westerville, OH. 6.8 ppg/ 5.4 rpg
C 41 Joe Principe, 6-10, 225, So., Gladstone, MO. 0.9 ppg/ 1.1 rpg

THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY Dec. 21, 1989, All-American Chris Gatling scored 31 points and hauled in ten rebounds as the Monarchs defeated VCU for third place in the Richmond Times Dispatch Tournament, 77-67.... In 1985, Keith Thomas scored 21 points and All-American Kenny Gattison added 13 with 12 rebounds in ODU's 67-55 win over VCU in the Richmond Times Dispatch Tournament.

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS Frank Scagliotta, and Joe Lindsay, and Chuck Pitts

CAA GAMES TODAY:
Hofstra at Manhattan

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..

*The ODU-UNLV game on Dec. 30 will now start at 7 p.m. pacific and 10 p.m. Eastern time. Originally was scheduled for 7:30 pacific and 10:30 ET.

GREENE PRE-SEASON ALL -CAA: 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.

MONARCH INJURIES:
Freshman T. J. Waldon (Lakeland, Fl.) will be out 2-4 weeks with a stress fracture of the third metatarsal bone in his left foot...6-2 junior guard Marcus Drewry could see some action this week. He had surgery to repair an unhealed stress fracture in his right foot in October.

SERIES VS. UNC WILMINGTON:
ODU leads the series, 15-13
UNCW has won five straight vs. ODU.

FIRST MEETING: 1979-80, ODU wins 75-55 in Scope.

LAST YEAR: Seahawks won all three games
59-48 in Wilmington, 62-59 in the Fieldhouse, 57-54 in CAA Semi-Finals

ONLY UNCW & ROANOKE
Since 1970-71, ODU has lost 14 games in the fieldhouse. Roanoke College and the Seahawks are the only teams to have beaten the Monarchs twice in the fieldhouse. UNCW is 2-2, Roanoke is 2-5 in the fieldhouse.

Roanoke 	87-85 in 1970-71
Roanoke 95-80 in 1971-72
UNCW 76-62 in 1999-00
UNCW 62-59 in 2000-01

MONARCHS IN THE FIELDHOUSE: 110-14
Last year, ODU was 6-1, losing the home finale to UNC Wilmington, 62-59.

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.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE:
* General Contractor, S.B. Ballard is ahead of schedule
* Building will be weather tight by March of 2002 to allow for installation of interior finishes and equipment.
* The design for a new Athletic Hall of Fame, to be located in the main lobby of the building is well underway.

DEFENSE All eight 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

MONARCH EXHIBITION GAMES: ODU defeated E.A. All-Stars Southeast, 106-99 in overtime as Ricardo Marsh scored 25 points and hauled in 13 rebounds. ODU shot .473 from the floor and dominated the boards, 63-35. EA All-Stars later defeated North Carolina....

In the second exhibition game, ODU defeated Kentucky ABA, 89-82. Six Monarchs were in double figures. Pierre Greene led with 16 points, six assists and four steals. Ricardo Marsh hauled in 16 rebounds. ODU shot .576 from the floor. Kentucky ABA later beat Tennessee.

When ODU Does the Following:

MON		TUE		WED		THU	FRI	SAT	SUN
1-0		1-1		0-2		0-0	0-0	4-0	0-0

Leading at Halftime: 5-2

Tied at Halftime: 0-0

Trailing at Halftime: 1-1

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

Outrebounds Opponents: 5-1

Opponents Outrebounds ODU:1-2

MONARCHS SIGN TWO IN EARLY PERIOD Isaiah Hunter, 6-3 G, Charlotte, NC., Independence High School Janko Mrksic, 6-10, 250, C, Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, bishop Ryan High School

MONARCH CAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS
Individual
Scoring: Marsh 10th 15.0
FT PCT: Wright 7th .833
REBS: Marsh 9th 6.8
ASST: Nance 4th 4.7
Steals: Wright 7th 1.6
Nance 12h 1.4
Blocked Shots: McGowen 4th 1.4

Team
Scoring: 7th 67.6
FG PCT: 7th .422
3PT FG: 5th .354
Rebs: 7th 36.0
Scoring Def: 1st 65.1
FT PCT: 2nd .719
FG PCT Def: 2nd .423
3PT FG Def: 3rd .329
Assists: 2nd 15.6
Blocks T2nd 4.7
Steals: 5th 6.6

CAREER HIGHS SET THIS SEASON
POINTS: Rasheed Wright 21 vs. Sacramento State
Kiah Thomas 16 vs. Memphis
Clay McGowen 15 vs. East Carolina
Troy Nance, 18 vs. Coastal Carolina

REBOUNDS
Ricardo Marsh 10 vs. Sacramento State (ties)
Clay McGowen 10 vs. East Carolina
Charles Dunnington 7 vs. Virginia Tech
Troy Nance 6 vs. Va. Tech
John Waller, 5 vs. Coastal Carolina (ties)

ASSISTS
Kiah Thomas 3(4 times)
Ricardo Marsh 7 vs. Coastal Carolina

BLOCKED SHOTS Clay McGowen 5 vs. Memphis

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.

THE NEW CAA (COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION)
* The CAA is now comprised of ten teams
* The four new schools are Delaware, Hofstra (Long Island, NY.), Towson (Baltimore, Md. Area), and Drexel (Philadelphia)
* Also in the league are: Old Dominion, Virginia Commonwealth, James Madison, UNC Wilmington, William & Mary, and George Mason.

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:4.3 ppg/ 2.7 rpg (14 pts at Phila./ 6 rebs vs. MIL.)
Chris Gatling ('91) Now with the Miami Heat. (NBA All-Star in 1997) current avg:8.7 ppg/ 4.0 rpg

"FAREWELL TO THE FIELDHOUSE TRIBUTES"
* UIC game was 70's night
* Jan. 19 vs. Virginia Commonwealth is '80's night
* Feb. 16 vs. James Madison is '90's night

NEXT GAME
*at UNLV Dec. 30, 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT.

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