Monarchs Host Maryland-Eastern Shore Saturday Night

December 13, 2002
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Dec. 13, 2002

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, 7:00 p.m. Ted Constant Convocation Center

* Lost last game to East Carolina, 75-67.
* Rasheed Wright scored career high 25 pts
* Ricardo Marsh hauled in 11 boards.
* 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. 13.0ppg/ 7.6 rpg F 22 Rasheed Wright, 6-5, 210, Sr., Greensboro, NC. 16.2 ppg/5.6 rpg C 40 Alex Loughton, 6-9, 235, Fr., Perth Australia 10.6 ppg/6.6 rpg G 10 John Waller, 6-4, 185, Jr., Richmond, VA. 7.8 ppg/ 4.0 rpg G 01 Isaiah Hunter, 6-2, 160, Fr., Charlotte, NC. 6.8 ppg/ 3.6 rpg

TOP SUBSTITUTES G 13 Troy Nance, 5-10, 175, Jr., Va. Beach, VA. 1.3 ppg/ 2.0 apg G 24 Kiah Thomas, 6-4, 190, So., Norfolk, VA. 2.4 ppg/ 2.2 rpg C 41 Joe Principe, 6-10, 245, Jr., Gladstone, MO. 0.6 ppg/ 1.0 rpg F 4 T.J. Waldon, 6-4, 214, Fr., Lakeland, FL. 4.0 ppg/ 4.3 rpg C 55 Janko Mrksic, 6-10, 270, Fr., Ontario, Canada 1.2 ppg/ 2.0 rpg G 3 John Morris, 6-1, 177, Fr., Camp Hill, PA. 1.3 ppg/ 0.3 rpg

TONIGHT: Tonight is the grand opening night for "McDonald's Kidzone" and Ronald McDonald will be the special guest. McDonald's Kidzone is located above section 116. NOTE: T.J. Waldon has not played since St. Joseph's due to a sore foot. He is day-to-day...

THIS DAY IN MONARCH HISTORY Dec. 14, 1959...Leo Anthony scored 48 points against Elon. The Norfolk Division won, 85-60.

TONIGHT'S OFFICIALS Keith Maxwell, Chuck Pitts, and John Spears.

CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONORS: 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: Hofstra at St. John's (MSG) 2:00 Norfolk State at Towson 7:00 Rider at Delaware 7:30 VCU at Mississippi 9:00

SERIES VS. UMES ODU leads, 3-0 First Meeting: 1981-82 W 84-57 Last Meeting: 1990-91 W 95-70

Also played in 1983-84, W 79-65.

MONARCHS VS. MEAC TEAMS Delaware State 4-0 Last Played: 2001-02 W 72-61 Hampton U. 5-2 Last Played: 2002-03 L 77-70 Florida A&M 2-0 Last Played: 1993-94 W 89-51 Howard 3-0 Last Played: 1993-94 W 74-60 Norfolk State 11-6 Last Played: 2000-01 W 69-62

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 Started 1-4: 2000-01 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: 29 vs. Campbell, 11-26-02 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 less than 30 percent from the floor:293(17-58) vs. St. Joseph's, 12-01-02 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. 7, 02

LAST TIME AN ODU INDIVIDUAL DID THIS Scored 30 or points: 32, by Mark Poag at George Mason, 2-21-98 Grabbed 10 or more rebounds: 13 by Marsh vs. Hofstra in 2002 Grabbed 15 or more rebounds: 23 by Clifton Jones, vs. UNCW Feb. , 2001 Had 10 or more assists:10, by Pierre Greene vs. JMU in 2002 Performed the double-double:Rasheed Wright vs. GMU in 2002 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: 25, by Rasheed Wright vs. ECU. Most Points by an Opp: 20 by Gabriel Mikulas of ECU Most Rebounds: 11 by Ricardo Marsh vs. ECU Most Opp. Rebounds: 12, by Erroyl Bing of ECU Most Treys: 3, by Rasheed Wright vs. UNC Most Opp.Treys: 2 by Jawad Williams and Scott Melvin of UNC Most Free Throws: 7-8 by Rasheed Wright vs. Campbell. Most Assists: 5, by Raymond Felton of UNC Most ODU Assists: 4, by Isaiah Hunter vs UNC. Most ODU Steals: 3, by Rasheed Wright vs. Campbell. Best ODU Field Goal %: .531 vs. Campbell Best OPP. Field Goal %: .509 by ECU Best ODU Free Throw %: .682 vs. North Carolina Best OPP Free Throw %: .846 by North Carolina Best 3PT %: .286 vs. Campbell and UNC Best OPP 3PT %: .400 by ECU Most ODU Rebounds: 46, vs ECU Most OPP Rebounds: 35 by North Carolina Most ODU Assists: 17 vs. Campbell Most OPP Assists: 14 by ECU and UNC Most ODU Points Scored: 72 vs. Campbell Most OPP Points Scored: 75, by ECU Attendance: 8,424 (Sellout)

MONARCH CAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS Individual Scoring: Marsh 14th 13.0 Wright 6th 16.2 FT PCT: Wright 9th .821 FG %: Marsh 14th .442 3PT FGPCT: Wright 7th .381 REBS: Marsh 8th 7.6 Loughton12th 6.6 Wright 17th 5.6 ASST: Hunter 10th 3.0 Steals: Wright 8th 1.8 Off Rebs Loughton3rd 4.00 Def. Rebs Marsh 14th 4.00

Team Scoring: 7th 63.0 FG PCT: 10th .363 3PT FG: 10th .274 Rebs: 5th 39.4 Scoring Def: 6th 65.0 FT PCT: 2nd .724 FG PCT Def: 9th .448 3PT FG Def: 9th .346 Assists: 6th 12.4 Blocks 9th 2.0 Steals: 3rd 7.8

MILESTONES Ricardo Marsh has 965 career points and 501 career rebounds... Rasheed Wright has 863 career points and is shooting .762 from the free throw line.

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

DID YOU KNOW The Four teams who have beaten ODU thus are are a combined 16-2...

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)

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

NEW GAME TIMES Jan. 2 home vs. Towson, 6 p.m. Jan. 4 at VCU is 4 p.m. Jan. 11 home with William and Mary is 4 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. 20 Univ. of Dayton coached by Oliver Purnell (ODU'75) 7 p.m. Comcast TV.