Herd freshman guard receives third team honor
Men's basketball's post-season run earns a top-three spot
Herd received special watches for its NIT berth at award banquet
Marshall finishes the season 21-14
Middle Tennessee 86, Marshall 78
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.
Pitts' 15 points leads four Marshall players in double figures
The Marshall University Thundering Herd defeated ECU in front of a crowd of over 6000 fans and notable alumni in the Cam Henderson Center on Saturday night.
The Thundering Herd stormed to a 19-point win over the visiting Tulane Green Wave on Wednesday night in the Cam Henderson Center.
2011-12 (SENIOR): Started all 35 games... Bob Cousy Award Candidate... Named All-Conference USA Third Team... Ranked ninth in C-USA and second on the team with 14.7 points per game... Led the team and ranked fourth in the conference with 4.3 assists per game... Shot 71.1 percent from the free throw line (81-114)... Ranked ninth in C-USA with an assist/turnover ratio of 1.3... Was Marshall's top three-point threat making 2.1 per game (72), the sixth-best mark in C-USA... Shot 34.0 percent from beyond the arc, ranking 10th in C-USA... Made at least one three-pointer in every game, but one (Houston, 2/25)... 72 three's made was the ninth most by a Marshall player in a single season... 513 total points ranks 35th all-time at Marshall... Scored in double-figures all but five games... Scored at least 20 points six times... Had a season-high 27 points against East Carolina (2/11) on a career-best 9-of-17 from the field... Recorded a double-double with 19 points and a career-high 11 assists against Belmont (12/19)... Recorded 21 points at UNCW (11/22)... Scored 25 points against Iona (12/11)... Had 21 points at Tulsa (2/4)... Scored 20 points at SMU (2/18)... Recorded 24 points against Southern Miss (3/9) in the C-USA semifinals... Scored in double-digits in each of his final 16 games.
2010-11 (JUNIOR): Led team in scoring with 16.2 PPG...hit 84.4% (119-141) free throws, fifth in C-USA...led team with 118 assists despite playing in 25 games...missed first nine games before returning against VMI in December...hit double figures in 21 out of 25 games he played...began season with four-consecutive double digit outings before recording a then-career high of 25 at St. Bonaventure...set career mark with five three-pointers against the Bonnies...recorded second 20-point outing in home win over Southern Miss with 20 points including a perfect 10-10 showing from the free throw line...notched another 25-point effort in win over No. 21 West Virginia...hit 10-of-11 free throw attempts in victory over the Mountaineers while blocking his first career shot...reset career mark with 28 points in road win at ECU...tied personal best with five treys...had 19 points in consecutive wins over Tulsa and SMU...recorded 12 or more points in final seven games of the season...wrapped up the regular season with 25 points (10-11 FT) in home win over UCF...tied career high with 28 points in C-USA Tournament opener against Houston, hit 14-of-18 free throws while tying his top effort of ten assists...finished season with 17 points in CIT game against Ohio.
2009-10 (SOPHOMORE): Team leader in assists (139)...was third on team in scoring (10.4)...fourth on team in steals (22)...missed the season opener against North Carolina A&T on Nov. 15) due to a concussion... went 6-of-6 in the final 4:34 from the free throw line on his way to eight points in first game of year against Middle Tennessee (11/17)...added three assists and one rebound...shot 6-of-8 from the field and 2-of-3 from three-point range to score a team high 14 points in loss to Old Dominion (11/21)... made first start of season against Lamar (11/25) and led team with 14 points and seven assists...was 6-of-10 from outside and 4-of-4 from the free throw line on the way to 18 points against High Point (12/20)... posted 11 points in 35 minutes in rematch at Troy (12/28)...Tallied 17 points and tied career high to go along with five rebounds and two assists at East Carolina Jan. 9...sat out the first game against UCF Jan. 13 while serving a one-game team suspension... tallied 18 points after tying career high with four made three-pointers (4-of-6) against Memphis Jan. 27...reset career high with nine rebounds at Houston Jan. 30...scored 12 points and charted six assists against the Cougars... posted a season best nine assists to go along with 11 points against Rio Grande (2/16)... scored 13 points, had five rebounds, and posted four assists against Tulsa Feb. 17... scored a season high 19 points despite not scoring until 50 seconds remaining in regulation during the 121-115 triple overtime victory against UCF Feb. 27...was 15-of-18 from the free throw line, the third most made free throw and third most free throw attempts in school history...played a career high 41 minutes (of a possible 55) against the Knights... reset career high with 24 points against Western Carolina in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament Mar. 16.
2008-09 (FRESHMAN): Named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team by a vote of head coaches and media members from across the league...started 30-of-32 games...led team in assists with 103 and free throw percentage (.841, 95-of-113)...made 32-of-34 free throws in the final two minutes of games during his rookie campaign...was 12th in C-USA in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.45) and 15th in C-USA in assists...averaged 9.7 points per game...second on the squad in made three-pointers (40)...in three Glenn Wilkes Classic games average 10.3 ppg (13-15 FT) but struggled from floor (8-for-34, 23.5 pct) and three-point range (2-for-11, 18.2 pct); scored team-high 18 pts vs. UW-Green Bay...dished out seven assists to just one turnover with three steals vs. Old Dominion (11/29)... scored 20 points at Boston U (12/6), going 9-for-11 from the free throw line, including 5-for-6 from line with under a minute remaining of four-pt victory...named C-USA Co-Rookie of the Week on Dec. 8 (with Tyreke Evans of Memphis)...after averaging team-best 15.5 pts in two games; he posted a 3.5 assist/turnover ratio (7 assts, 2 turnovers) and went 6-for-13 (46.2 pct) from three-point distance on the week...scored 17 pts on 6-11 FG with critical late three-pointer of comeback win vs UT-Arlington (12/13); four assists with one turnover in game high 33 mins...registered first career double-double (13p, 10a) for MU's first double-double with assists in five years; went 4-for-4 from the free throw line with under 20 seconds left of five-pt win over Ohio (12/17)...hit a pair of three-pointers (2-for-5), scoring 14 points with six assists and tied season high with three steals vs. Tennessee State (12/28)...scored all 14 of his points in second half of loss at San Diego (1/2); went 9-for-9 from free throw line with 5 assists... put up a team-high 19 points at Tulsa (1/17)...led team with 18 points and five assists at Southern Miss (1/27)... Led Marshall with a season high 21 points in the win over UCF (2/28)...scored 10 points in the win over Rice (3/4)...Tallied 12 points, three rebounds, and one steal against Rice in first round of C-USA Tournament.
HIGH SCHOOL: Led Hargrave Military Academy (Va.) to a 29-0 record and the 2008 National Prep Championship, played at Madison Square Garden, where he averaged 26 ppg in three Tiger wins to capture the national title...netted 22 points with eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in the championship game...ranked the No. 8 point guard and No. 96 overall player for the Class of '08 by Scout.com...averaged 25 points and nine assists...named MVP and first team all-state...played AAU ball for the Carolina Raptors, where he averaged 40 points, seven assists and four rebounds per game...led Panthers to the 15-under national title in Kingswood, Texas...graduated with a 3.8 GPA...chose Marshall over Oklahoma, South Carolina and South Florida.
PERSONAL: Born Dec. 3, 1989...son of Dale and Dena Pitts...father played football at Johnson C. Smith...lists Chris Paul as his favorite player...a management major.
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