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Monarchs Travel to Drexel For Wednesday Night CAA Matchup

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: January 28, 2003
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Jan. 28, 2003

OLD DOMINION MONARCHS AT DREXEL DRAGONS Wednesday, January 29, 2003, 7:00 p.m. Daskalakis Center

ABOUT THE MONARCHS: (8-8/5-3)
* Defeated JMU, 74-56.
* Ricardo Marsh led with 24 pts/ 6 rebs.
* JMU committed 21 turnovers
* Defeated George Mason, 59-46.
* Ricardo Marsh led with 18 points and 8 rebounds.
* Freshman Isaiah Hunter scored a career high 17 points.
* Forced GMU into 23 turnovers.
* 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. 18.6ppg/ 8.4 rpg F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 210, Sr., Greensboro, NC. 15.3 ppg/5.4 rpg C 40 Alex Loughton, 6-9, 235, Fr., Perth Australia 8.4 ppg/6.1 rpg G 10 John Waller, 6-4, 185, Jr. Richmond, VA. 8.2 ppg/ 4.6 rpg G 13 Troy Nance, 5-10, 175, Jr., Va. Beach, Va. 3.5 ppg/ 4.7 apg

TOP SUBSTITUTES G 1 Isaiah Hunter, 6-2, 160, Fr, Charlotte, NC. 6.8 ppg/ 2.8 rpg G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, 190, So., Norfolk, VA. 2.9 ppg/ 1.6 rpg G 3 John Morris, 6-1, Fr., Camp Hill, PA. 1.9 ppg/ 0.9 rpg C 55 Janko Mrksic, 6-10, 270, Fr., Ontario, Canada 1.1 ppg/ 1.7 rpg F 4 T.J. Waldon, 6-4, 214, Lakeland, FL. 3.0 ppg/ 3.0 rpg

THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY Jan. 29, 1977. Monarchs defeat Marshall, 105-87 in the fieldhouse. All-Americans Ronnie Valentine scored 31 and Wilson Washington hauled in 12 rebounds and blocked seven shots.

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS Bryan Kersey, James Luckie, Wallace Rutecki

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.

CAA GAMES TODAY: VCU at Towson 7:00 Delaware at Hofstra 7:00 W&M at James Madison 7:00

SERIES VS. DREXEL Tied: 1-1

First Meeting: Jan. 5, 2002 in Norfolk, VA. Last Meeting: Feb. 11, 2002 in Philadelphia, PA. Jan. 5, 2002, ODU, 74, Drexel 66 ODU rallied from an 11-point deficit early in the second half to win. Pierre Greene led with 24 points. Ricardo Marsh added 16 points and nine rebounds and Rasheed Wright scored 15 and hauled in nine boards. Robert Battle led Drexel with 17 points and 11 boards. Drexel outrebounded ODU 44-41. Feb. 11, 2002, Drexel 80, ODU 70 Drexel shot 63 percent from the floor in the second half, including five three-pointers for the win. Tim Whitworth and Robert Battle each scored 20 points for Drexel. Battle also hauled in ten rebounds and blocked six shots. ODU was led by Ricardo Marsh with 21 points and Troy Waller with 15.

COMPARING STATS ODU Drexel Scoring 68.4 70.5 FG% .408 .437 3PT % .323 .348 FT% .723 .692 REBS 38.3 35.6 Scoring Def. 64.4 66.1

MONARCHS VS. CAA TEAMS Delaware 3-2 Drexel 1-1 George Mason 25-8 Hofstra 2-2 James Madison 38-21 Towson 9-1 VCU 32-31 UNC Wilmington 16-15 William & Mary 48-12

CAA MARGINS In ODU's five CAA wins, the Monarchs have won by ten or more. In ODU's three CAA losses, ODU has lost by 9, 4 and 1.

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: 20, 82-62 vs. Maryland- Eastern Shore, 12-14-02 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: (28-56).500 vs. UMES, 12-14-02 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: 22 at Towson, Jan. 14, 2002 Committed 10 or less turnovers: 9 vs Delaware, Jan. 15, 2003 ODU won four our more games on the road: 1998-99(7-5 + 5-2 in neutral games).

LAST TIME AN ODU INDIVIDUAL DID THIS Scored 30 or points: Ricardo Marsh, 30 vs. Delaware, Jan. 15, 03. Grabbed 10 or more rebounds: 12 by Marsh vs. GW, 12-28-02 Grabbed 15 or more rebounds: 23 by Clifton Jones, vs. UNCW Feb. , 2001 Had 10 or more assists:11, by Troy Nance vs. Delaware, Jan. 15, 03. Performed the double-double: Ricardo Marsh at GW (25/12) 12-28-02 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)

TED CONSTANT CONVOCATION HIGHLIGHTS First Basket: 19:16 Ricardo Marsh dunk vs. UNC First Trey: 16:25 by Jawad Williams of UNC First ODU Trey: 15:00 by John Waller First Free Throw Made: 14:39 by Sean May of UNC First ODU Free Throw Made: 14:22 by Rasheed Wright Most Points: 30, by Ricardo Marsh vs. Delaware, Jan. 15, 03. Most Points by an Opp: 21 by Tee Trotter(UMES), 12-14-02 Most Field Goals Made: 12 by Ricardo Marsh vs. Delaware, Jan. 15, 2003. Most Rebounds: 11 by Ricardo Marsh vs. ECU & vs. W&M Most Opp. Rebounds: 12, by Erroyl Bing of ECU Most OPP Treys: 6, by Brooks Hall (6-12) of Dayton, 12-20-02 Most .Treys: 3, by Rasheed Wright vs. UNC (11-24-02), Dayton (12-20-02) & W&M (01-11-03); John Waller vs. W&M.. Most Free Throws: 9-11, by Rasheed Wright vs. W&M (1-11-03) & (9-9) vs JMU, Jan. 25, 03. Best Free Throw PCT: 1000 (9-9) by Rasheed Wright vs JMU (1-25-03) & (6-6) by Isaiah Hunter vs. UMES(12-14-02) Best Opp FT PCT: 1000 (6-6) by Keith Waleskowski of Dayton(12-20-02) Most Assists: Mike Slattery of Delaware (Jan. 15, 03). Most ODU Assists: 11 by Troy Nance vs. Delaware, (Jan. 15, 03) Most ODU Steals: 3, by Rasheed Wright vs. Campbell, & Ricardo Marsh vs. Dayton (12-20-02). Best ODU Field Goal %: .531 vs. Campbell Best OPP. Field Goal %: .509 by ECU Best ODU Free Throw %: ...771 (27-35) vs. W&M (1-11-03) Best OPP Free Throw %: 100 (9-9) by Towson (Jan. 2, 03) Best 3PT %: .7-16 .438 vs. W&M (1-11-03) Best OPP 3PT %: .429 (9-21) by Delaware, Jan. 15, 03. Most ODU Rebounds: 50 vs. Delaware, Jan. 15, 03. Most OPP Rebounds: 36 by Delaware, Jan. 15, 03. Most ODU Assists: 20 vs. UMES (12-14-02) Most OPP Assists: 15 by Dayton, (12-20-02) & Delaware (1-15-03) Most Opp Turnovers: 21 by JMU (1-25-03) Most ODU Points Scored: 82, vs. UMES (12-14-02) Most OPP Points Scored: 75, by ECU (12-07-02) & Delaware (1-15-03) Fewest ODU Points Scored: 59 vs. North Carolina and GMU. Fewest OPP Points Scored: 43, by Campbell (11-26-02) Attendance: 8,424 (Sellout) vs. UNC (11-24-02) First Overtime Game: ODU vs. Delaware, UD wins 75-74.

MONARCH CAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS Individual Scoring: Marsh 3rd 18.6 Wright 8th 15.3 FG PCT: Marsh 7th .498 FT PCT: Wright 5th .833 3PT FGPCT: Wright 2nd .417 REBS: Marsh 3rd 8.4 Loughton 12th 6.1 ASST: Nance 2nd 4.7 STEALS Wright 7th 1.8 Off Rebs Loughton 3rd 3.5 Def. Rebs Marsh 3rd 5.3

Team Scoring: 5th 68.4 FG PCT: 9th .408 3PT FG: 7th .323 Rebs: 3rd 38.3 Scoring Def: 3rd 64.4 FT PCT: 1st .723 FG PCT Def: 8th .427 3PT FG Def: 8th .345 Assists: 2nd 14.6 Blocks 7th 3.1 Steals: 2nd 8.9 Reb. Margin 1st +5.6

MILESTONES Ricardo Marsh has 1197 career points and 597 career rebounds...He is the 38th Monarch to break the 1,000 career point mark (vs. Dayton). Marsh currently ranks 24th on the ODU all-time scoring list. Rasheed Wright became the 39th Monarch to reach the 1,000 point plateau (vs. Hofstra). He now has 1027 career points.

Since Losing to ECU Ricardo Marsh, who scored only 8 in the ECU game has averaged 21.1 ppg and 8.7 rebounds per game. ODU is 7-4 in that stretch.

ODU'S RECORD WHEN... Mon:(0-0) Tues.:(1-0) Wed: (2-2) Thu:(1-0) Fri:(0-1) Sat: (4-3) Sun:(0-2)

40-49 Points: 0-1 50-59 Points: 1-1 60-69 Point: 2-4 70-79 Points: 3-2 80-89 Points: 2-0 90 + Points: 0-0

Leading at Halftime: 8-2 Trailing at Halftime: 0-6 Tied at Halftime: 0-0

Shooting 50 % or Better: 3-0 Shooting 40-49%: 4-2 Shooting below 40%: 1-6

Outrebounds Opponents:6-5 Equal Number of Rebounds: 1-0

ODU Commits More Turnovers:2-2 ODU Commits Less Turnovers: 6-5

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

BASKETBALL BREAKFAST RESCHEDULED The basketball breakfast scheduled for Jan. 24th has been rescheduled for Friday, Jan. 31st at 7:30 a.m. in the Big Blue Room of the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Please R.S.V.P. to mark Benson at mbenson@odu.edu or call 683-5696. The breakfast will feature Monarch sophomores and juniors.

NEXT GAME: Feb. 1, Home vs. VCU at 7:00 p.m.

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