The Word on the Herd - Nov. 16, 2015
Marshall to take on WKU in C-USA Championship First Round
Sophomore leads league with 14 double-doubles
Men's basketball looking for fourth win of last five games
Started in all 28 games, and provided Marshall with a steadier inside presence...tacked on nearly 30 pounds in the off-season because of intense summer workouts and strength training; weighed 213 as a sophomore, now tilts the scales at 250...posted six double-doubles in 2004-05, and had a career-high 21 points vs. Central Michigan (1/3) and Eastern Michigan (2/9) and 16 rebounds at Akron on 3/2...saw his production increase from 7.8 points per game to 11.0, and 5.1 rebounds to 8.1 rebounds per contest from his sophomore season...won MAC East Division Player of the Week for week of March 5th, after averaging 13 points and 13.5 rebounds against Akron and Miami (Ohio), respectively...finished fourth in the Mid-American Conference in rebounding...CBS Sportsline ranked Patton the ninth-best center in the country...posted nine double-digit rebound games in 2004-05.
Sophomore Season (2003-04)
Played in all 29 games and started in 26; was the Herd's starting center for most of the season...averaged 7.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game...second on the team in free throw percentage at 77.5% (93-120)...posted his first career double-double in Marshall's thrilling win over Radford on December 4th with 19 points and ten rebounds...had ten rebounds at Toledo on January 14th...made nine-of-10 free throws against Buffalo in the Henderson Center on January 17th...made a career-high 11 free throws at Bowling Green on January 31st; also led the Herd in scoring with 17 points...contributed 13 points and 11 rebounds against Ball State on February 24th, his second career double-double...scored in double-figures in seven games and had three double-digit rebound games.
Freshman Season (2002-03)
Was the only true freshman to see considerable playing time in 2002-03 for the Thundering Herd...played in 29 games and started in nine...averaged 3.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 0.6 assists per game...in his second game in a Thundering Herd uniform against Kentucky State, he played 21 minutes, scored seven points, and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds...scored a career-best ten points against Kent State on February 25th...played a career-high 28 minutes versus Ohio in Athens...shot 48.6% from the floor for the season (36-74), and 71.4% (30-42) from the free-throw line...blocked four Kent State shots, a career high, at Kent on January 18th.
Prior to Marshall
Averaged 20 points and 15 rebounds per game as a senior at Cabell Midland High School ... named West Virginia Player of the Year and All-State Team Captain as a senior after leading the Knights to the 2002 West Virginia Class AAA State Title ... captain of the Class AAA All-State team ... named Player of the Game in the North-South All-Star game.
Born September 2, 1983 in Princeton, W.Va. ... son of Ross and Linda Patton ... his father Ross is the Marshall team physician... Majoring in Business.