This is a look into former Herd players' professional careers in leagues around the world
Herd, Catamounts will meet for the 44th time
Miami (Fla.) transfer adds another program first to growing list of accolades
Herd received special watches for its NIT berth at award banquet
Marshall finishes the season 21-14
The Thundering Herd celebrated a successful senior day with a 79-75 win over Southern Miss to conclude the regular season.
Marshall defeated C-USA foe Houston 66-58 in the Cam Henderson Center on Wednesday night to improve to 17-10 (8-5) for the season.
The Herd battled UCF in a C-USA showdown Saturday night with first place on the line.
The Herd made a late run but fell short to the visiting Bobcats in the waning seconds for its first loss of the season.
Northwestern State at Marshall (11/19/11)
2011-12 (SENIOR): Played in all 35 games while starting nine... Averaged 6.0 points and 1.5 rebounds per game... Shot 37.6 percent from three-point range and hit 54-of-151 attempts... 54 three-pointers made was the 15th most in a season at Marshall... Scored at least 10 points three times... Recorded a career-high 28 points against West Virginia Tech (12/21) by hitting 9-of-12 field goal attempts including a career-best 8-of-11 from three-point range... Scored 14 points against Houston (2/22)... Scored 10 points against Southern Miss (3/3)... Had six points in the first round of the NIT against Middle Tennessee (3/13).
2010-11 (JUNIOR): Started 12 games as a junior while playing in 32 contests...missed two games following an injury at James Madison...averaged 7.2 PPG...led MU with 54 three-pointers and a 41.5% three-point shooting percentage...finished fifth in the league in three-point shooting...connected on a trey in 26-of-32 games...opened his junior season with what would be a season high 17 points vs. WVU Tech...reached double figures in opening five games of the season...knocked down at least two treys in the first seven games...notched 12-point efforts in games against Chattanooga and Louisville...set career mark with 10 rebounds at Savannah State while scoring nine points...next double digit game came in the form of a 17-point outing in home game against ECU...tied career mark with five three pointers against the Pirates...followed that up with 14 tallies at UAB...scored 11 points against Tulane before knocking in 12 in the home game against Rice...assisted MU in its comeback in C-USA Tournament against Houston with three three-pointers...did not score a point in the final two games of the season (UTEP and Ohio).
2009-10 (SOPHOMORE): Named 2010 Conference USA Co-Sixth Man of the Year...played in 31 games after missing three due to injuries...tied for fifth on team in steals with Tyler Wilkerson (21)...was sixth on team in scoring...Recorded first double-double with 15 points and a career high 10 assists vs. Salem (12/3)...made 4-of-7 field goal attempts (1-of-2 from three-point range) and was 2-of-2 from the free throw line for 11 points at Binghamton (12/7)...Made first start of season at East Carolina and responded with seven points (2-for-2 from three point-range range, two rebounds, one assist, and one block...returned to coming off of the bench against UCF (1/13), but still layed a career high 31 minutes off the bench...scored 18 points (7-of-13 field goal attempts) , had six rebounds, two assists, and two steals against Rio Grande (2/9)...scored 8-of-10 points during first half at UAB (2/13)...played only 10 minutes and was 4-of-4 from the floor and 2-of-2 from three-point range vs. Blazers...registered one rebound in 11 minutes against Tulsa (2/16)...tied for team lead (with Damier Pitts) in assists with three at Tulane (2/20)....scored nine of his 11 points in the second half at Rice (2/23)...tied career high with seven rebounds (all in the second half) vs. the Owls...recorded a career high 20 points including a put back of a Damier Pitts missed free throw that sent the game into a triple overtime against UCF Feb. 27... reset career highs by going 5-of-6 from three-point range after scoring a total of 18 points in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament vs. Western Carolina (3/16)...reset career high with three blocked shots in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament vs. Appalachian State (3/22).
2008-09 (FRESHMAN): Played in 21 games, starting three before shoulder surgery ended season early...averaged 4.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game...came off bench for 15 mins in collegiate debut vs WVU Tech (11/16), netting 5 points with three rebounds, two assists, and a steal...In three Glenn Wilkes Classic games, played 3.0 mpg and went 0-for-1 from the floor...did not play against Old Dominion or East Tenn. State due to shoulder injury... enjoyed breakout game of career, recording career highs in points (14), field goals (5), three-point field goals (3), three-point field goal attempts (t-5), rebounds (t-5) and minutes (24) off bench vs. East Carolina (1/10)...earned first career start at Tulsa;
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Florida Prep as a freshman before playing final three seasons at Charlotte High School...averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals while shooting 48 percent from the floor as a senior...named to the Florida Class 5A all-state first team and finished runner-up to fellow Marshall signee Shaquille Johnson in 5A Player of the Year voting...named Charlotte Sun and Sarasota Herald Tribune Player of the Year, Mr. Southwest Florida and chosen to the third team all-class in Florida ...selected to the Class 5A Third Team as a junior...scored 1,243 points in two seasons as a Tarpon...named MVP of the Walker Keller Classic and to the all-tournament teams at the City of Palms Classic (Fort Myers, Fla.) and Arby's Classic (Bristol, Tenn.), where he scored a school-record 42 points in a game...teammate of UNC Asheville signee Chris Stephenson...originally signed NLI with Florida Atlantic prior to senior season, but was granted release upon an Owls' coaching change...ranked No. 141 in Rivals.com's Class of 2008 national rankings and No. 68 by Slam magazine...participated in the Orlando All-Star Game and the Southwest vs. Southeast All-Star Game
PERSONAL: Born June 14, 1988...son of Dagoberto Pena and Cristina Rincon...a management information systems major...mother played 12 years on the Dominican Republic national basketball team...tried out for Domincan Republic's senior national team during the Summer of 2010...his cousin, Yajaira Montilla, is a member of the Dominican national team...coached by Orlando Antigua, now of the University of Memphis...played on Dominican junior national team with Louisville guard Edgar Sosa along with David Minaya (Tennessee Tech) and Luis Gusman (Temple)...a management information systems major.
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