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Release: February 14, 2003
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Feb. 14, 2003

OLD DOMINION MONARCHS AT TOWSON TIGERS
Saturday, February 15, 2003, 4:00 p.m. Towson Center

ABOUT THE MONARCHS: (10-11/7-6)
* ODU defeated UNC Wilmington Wednesday, 71-68
* Monarchs have beaten the Seahawks twice this year
* Ricardo Marsh 22 pts and 11 rebs./ Rasheed Wright 23 pts/8 rebs
* ODU outrebounded UNCW, 37-31
* ODU shot .542 (26-48), UNCW shot .400 (24-60)
* Lost at James Madison Saturday night, 74-66
* Rasheed Wright led with 17 pts, John Waller 16 pts & Ricardo Marsh 12 pts
* ODU shot .375 (21-56) and committed 15 turnovers
* ODU led 44-32 with 14:05 left.

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. 18.5 ppg/ 8.3 rpg F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 210, Sr., Greensboro, NC. 15.5 ppg/ 5.4 rpg C 40 Alex Loughton, 6-9, 235, Fr., Perth Australia 8.2 ppg/ 6.1 rpg G 10 John Waller, 6-4, 185, Jr. Richmond, VA. 8.1 ppg/ 4.5 rpg G 13 Troy Nance, 5-10, 175, Jr., Va. Beach, Va. 4.0 ppg/ 5.0 apg

TOP SUBSTITUTES G 1 Isaiah Hunter, 6-2, 160, Fr, Charlotte, NC. 6.1 ppg/ 2.3 rpg G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, 190, So., Norfolk, VA. 2.8 ppg/ 1.7 rpg G 3 John Morris, 6-1, Fr., Camp Hill, PA. 1.9 ppg/ 0.8 rpg C 55 Janko Mrksic, 6-10, 270, Fr., Ontario, Canada 1.0 ppg/ 1.9 rpg F 4 T.J. Waldon, 6-4, 214,Fr., Lakeland, FL. 2.6 ppg/ 2.6 rpg

THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY Feb. 15, 1979, Tommy Conrad's shot at the buzzer lifted ODU to a 72-71 overtime victory over VCU in front of a sellout crown in the Richmond Coliseum. That ODU team would later advance to the quarterfinals of the NIT.

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS Manny Upton, Chuck Pitts, John Corio

SHOOTING PERCENTAGE The.542 shooting from the floor vs. UNCW Wednesday was the first in CAA play the Monarchs have shot 50 percent or better. ODU has shot 50 percent or better three times (Campbell,UMES, GW). The .328 vs W&M was the second lowest of the season (.292 vs. North Carolina)

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: James Madison at Drexel 1:00 UNCW at Hofstra 2:00 Goerge Mason at W&M 7:00 Delaware at VCU 7:30

SERIES VS. TOWSON ODU Leads: 9-1 First Meeting: 1956-57, OWU won, 72-68 Last Meeting: Jan. 2, ODU wins, 67-56 in Constant Center

Jan. 2, 2003, ODU 67, Towson 56 Ricardo Marsh scored 25 points and hauled in eight rebounds and Rasheed Wright added 18 points and three steals to lead the Monarchs. ODU shot .480 (24-50) from the floor, while Towson shot .467 (21-45) from the floor. The Monarchs out- rebounded TU, 32-22 and forced the Tigers into 23 turnovers. Jamaal Gilchrist led Towson with 19 points.

COMPARING STATS ODU Towson Scoring 67.9 57.1 FG% .408 .426 3PT % .318 .341 FT% .718 .709 REBS 37.5 32.7 Scoring Def. 65.8 71.2

MONARCHS VS. CAA TEAMS Delaware 3-2 Drexel 2-1 George Mason 25-8 Hofstra 2-2 James Madison 38-22 Towson 9-1 VCU 32-32 UNC Wilmington 17-15 William & Mary 48-13

ODU'S RECORD WHEN... Mon:(0-0) Tues.:(1-0) Wed: (4-3) Thu:(1-0) Fri:(0-1) Sat: (4-5) Sun:(0-2)

40-49 Points: 0-1 50-59 Points: 1-2 60-69 Point: 2-6 70-79 Points: 5-2 80-89 Points: 2-0 90 + Points: 0-0

Leading at Halftime:10-4 Trailing at Halftime: 0-7 Tied at Halftime: 0-0

Shooting 50 % or Better: 4-0 Shooting 40-49%: 5-2 Shooting below 40%: 1-9

Outrebounds Opponents:8-6 Equal Number of Rebounds: 1-0

ODU Commits More Turnovers:3-2 ODU Commits Less Turnovers: 7-8

DOUBLE-DOUBLE PERFORMANCES Ricardo Marsh 4 (GW, VCU, W&M-1, UNCW-2) Rasheed Wright 1 (Delaware Alex Loughton 1 (Maryland E-Shore)

DOUBLE FIGURE PERFORMERS Ricardo Marsh 20 of 21 games (16 straight) Rasheed Wright 19 of 21 games John Waller 6 Alex Loughton 6 Isaiah Hunter 5 Kiah Thomas 2

TEN OR MORE REBOUNDS PER GAME Ricardo Marsh 5 Alex Loughton 1 Rasheed Wright 1

FIVE OR MORE ASSISTS Troy Nance 12 John Morris 1 John Waller 1

20 OR MORE POINTS IN A GAME Ricardo Marsh 9 Rasheed Wright 5

LEADING SCORER Ricardo Marsh 12 Rasheed Wright 10

LEADING REBOUNDER Ricardo Marsh 15 Rasheed Wright 2 Alex Loughton 3 John Waller 1

ODU DYNAMIC DUO Ricardo Marsh and Rasheed Wright have scored 20 or more points in the same game three times this year. Dayton (Marsh 24/Wright 21) W&M-1 (Marsh 20/ Wright 20) UNCW-2 (Marsh 22/ Wright 23)

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: 542 (26-48) vs. UNCW, Feb. 12, 2003 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: 20, Jan. 8, 03 at UNCW 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).

IN CAA GAMES Ricardo Marsh is averaging 19.9 ppg and 8.5 rebounds per game. Rasheed Wright is averaging 15.0 ppg/ and 5.5 rebounds per game Wright has 29 steals in 13 games for a 2.2 average. Troy Nance is averaging 5.6 assists per game. Marsh and Wright have started all 13 CAA games thus far.

LAST TIME AN ODU INDIVIDUAL DID THIS Scored 30 or points: Ricardo Marsh, 30 vs. Delaware, Jan. 15, 03. Grabbed 10 or more rebounds: 11 by Marsh vs. UNCW, Feb. 12, 2003 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 vs UNCW, Feb. 12, 03 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 & UNCW 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:9, Mike Slattery of Delaware (Jan. 15, 03). Most ODU Assists: 11 by Troy Nance vs. Delaware, (Jan. 15, 03) Most ODU Steals: 4, by John Waller vs. VCU (2-1-03) Best ODU Field Goal %: .542 (26-48) vs. UNCW, Feb. 12. 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: 16 by VCU (2-1-03) 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) 8,418 vs. VCU (2-2-03) First Overtime Game: ODU vs. Delaware, UD wins 75-74.

MILESTONES Ricardo Marsh has 1279 career points and 640 career rebounds...He is the 38th Monarch to break the 1,000 career point mark (vs. Dayton). Marsh currently ranks 22nd on the ODU all-time scoring list, and 17th on the ODU all-time rebounding list. Rasheed Wright became the 39th Monarch to reach the 1,000 point plateau (vs. Hofstra). He now has 1108 career points.

BLAINE TAYLOR'S RADIO CALL IN SHOW Every Thursday afternoon from 5-6 p.m. on ESPN 1310 radio with the voice of the Monarchs and host John Castleberry.... Fans can also e-mail questions to Taylor at www.odusports.com

NEXT GAME: Feb. 19 vs. Drexel in the Constant Center.7:00 p.m.

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