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Monarchs Play At Virginia Tech Thursday Night

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Release: December 03, 2003
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Dec. 3, 2003

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NORFOLK, VA. - The Monarch cagers (0-2) travel to Blacksburg, VA. to take on the Hokies of Virginia Tech (3-1). Game time Thursday night is 7 p.m. Through two games sophomore Alex Loughton leads ODU with 16.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game average. The Monarchs return home Saturday night when they host the 49ers of Charlotte.

MONARCH GAME NOTES
Current Record: 0-2
CAA Record: 0-0

HEAD COACH
Blaine Taylor (Montana '81)
Career Record: 167-97 (.635) in nine years
Record at ODU: 25-32 (2 years)
Record at Montana: 142-65 (7 years) 1991-1998

MONARCH PROBABLE STARTERS
F 10 John Waller, 6-4, Sr, Richmond, VA. 9.0 ppg/ 6.0 rpg
F 40 Alex Loughton, 6-9, So, Perth, Australia, 16.0 ppg/ 9.0 rpg
F 31 Arnaud Dahi, 6-7, Fr., Ivory Coast 8.5 ppg/ 8.0 rpg
G 13 Troy Nance, 5-9, Sr, Virginia Beach, VA., 3.5 ppg/ 4.5 apg
G 1 Isaiah Hunter, 6-2, So, Charlotte, NC, 13.5 ppg/ 2.5 rpg

OFF THE BENCH
G 2 Drew Williamson, 6-0, Fr., Burlington, NC 3.5/1.5 apg
F 4 T.J. Waldon, 6-4, So., Lakeland, FL. 0.0 ppg/ 3.5 rpg
G 11 Abdi Lidonde, 6-2, Fr, Sutton, MA. 7.5 ppg/ 2.0 rpg
G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, Jr, Norfolk, VA. --- / ----
F 42 Valdas Vasylius, 6-7, Fr., Klaipeda, Lithuania 6.5 ppg/2.5 rpg
C 55 Janko Mrksic, 6-10, So., Stoney Creek, Ontario, 0.0 ppg/ 0.5 rpg

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS
Jim Haney, John Clougherty, Bernard Clinton

THIS DAY IN ODU HOOP HISTORY
Dec. 4, 1976 in Scope. ODU defeats Delaware State, 113-47 in the school's second largest margin of victory (66 pts).

ODU VS. VIRGINIA TECH
Series: VT leads, 12-5
First Meeting: 1972-73 Kiwanis ODU Classic in Scope, VT win, 81-80.
Last Meeting: 2001-02 in Scope, ODU wins 55-46. That was the last time ODU played in Scope.
ODU in Blacksburg: ODU is 0-7, losing in 1999-00, 78-67 in overtime.

ODU VS THE BIGEAST
Georgetown:
Series: 1-1
Last meeting: 1978-79, ECAC South Finals
Georgetown wins, 73-72 in the Hampton Coliseum

Miami:
Series: UM leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: 1988-89 Chaminade Classic
UM wins, 76-77, in Hawaii

Rutgers:
Series: ODU leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: 1984-85 ECAC Holiday Festival
ODU wins, 82-80 in Madison Square Garden.

St. John's:
Series: SJU leads, 2-0
Last Meeting: 1984-85 ECAC Holiday Festival Finals
St. John's wins, 77-66 in Madison Square Garden.

Seton Hall:
Series: ODU leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: 1999-00 NIT first round
ODU wins, 75-56, in the field house.

Syracuse:
Series: Syracuse leads, 2-1
Last Meeting: 1980-81,
Syracuse wins, 71-58 (A)

West Virginia:
Series: ODU leads, 3-1
Last Meeting: 1991-92,
ODU wins, 83-82 in Scope.

LAST GAME
The Monarchs lost to 13th ranked St. Joseph's, 75-72 last Saturday. Alex Loughton scored a career high 24 points and hauled in a career high 15 rebounds, while Isaiah Hunter added a career high 21 points. ODU outrebounded the Hawks, 49-25.

TRACKING THE MONARCHS
TV: Tonights game will be carried by WTVZ (channel 2 Cox) in the HamptonRoads area.

Radio: For the 11th straight season ESPN1310 Radio will be broadcasting all the Monarch contests. John Castleberry will be providing the play-by-play with Rick Kiefner and Billy Mann adding the color commentary at all home games and selected Away contests.

Internet: The official Old Dominion athletics website is at www.odusports.com carries the most up-to-date information on the Monarchs. Bios, game stories, Stats and box scores can be found along with game notes the morning of the scheduled Contests. The live ESPN1310 Radio broadcast of all Monarch games can be heard over the web.

Coaches Show: Head Coach Blaine Taylor will join John Castleberry live on ESPN 1310 Radio on Thursday's from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. throughtout the season to review the previous week's games and to give an insight into the upcoming Monarch matchups.

DID YOU KNOW
In 1994-95, ODU played four top-25 teams. The Monarchs defeated #9 Villanova, 89-81 in triple overtime in the NCAA first round. During the Regular season, ODU played at #14 Virginia, and #14 Arizona State and Host #1 North Carolina.

This year, the Monarchs have played two teams in the top 25 in #9North Carolina and #13 St. Joseph's.

The 21, 750 at the North Carolina game last Saturday was the largest Crowd the Monarchs have played before. The previous high was the 19,320 on Dec. 27, 1986 at UNLV.

Assistant coach Jim Corrigan is in his 17th year as an assistant on the Collegiate level, all in the CAA.

Assistant coach Rob Wilkes is the son of legendary Stetson head Coach Glenn Wilkes.

Assistant coach Travis DeCuire played for Taylor at Montana from 1991-94 and earned All-Big Sky honors in 1993 and 1994.

Of the eight Monarchs who have played in the NBA, two were first round draft picks. Chris Gatling (16th overall in 1991 by Golden State) and Cal Bowdler (17th overall in 1999 by Atlanta). Gatling played in the 1997 NBA all-star game. Both are currently playing overseas (Gatling in Russia & Bowdler in Italy)

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