Dec. 20, 2005
Marshall-Charleston Southern Game Book
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Thundering Herd's Tre Whitted (Wilmington, N.C.) tied a career high with 20 points to lead Marshall to a 82-53 win over Charleston Southern Tuesday evening in the Cam Henderson Center.
Marshall's (4-4) 29-point margin of victory was the largest in the Ron Jirsa era, and the biggest win since the Herd knocked off Kentucky State, 112-78, on November 25, 2002, in the Henderson Center.
The Herd led start to finish against Charleston Southern, and had its best shooting and best defensive effort of the season against the Bucs. The Herd shot a blazing 59.2%, its best percentage of 2005-06 and the program's best since a 60.0% effort against Kent State on February 25, 2003. Marshall also held the Buccaneers to only 28.4% from the floor, the worst for a Herd opponent since December 28, 2000, when IPFW netted only 25.4% of its shots in a 99-70 Marshall win in the Henderson Center. Charleston Southern was also only 17.4% from beyond-the-arc.
Marshall also made 37.5% of its three-point attempts, and shot 81.8% from the free throw line. The Herd also out-rebounded Charleston Southern, 38-34.
The Herd utilized a smaller lineup Tuesday night, and it paid dividends for head coach Ron Jirsa. Chris Ross (San Antonio, Texas), Whitted, and Joe Miles (Forestville, Md.) were the guards, Mark Patton (Barboursville, W.Va.) started at center, and freshman Markel Humphrey (Ellenwood, Ga.) made his first career start for Marshall and logged a career-high 33 minutes.
Marshall had three other players score in double figures, with Patton scoring 14 points and grabbing eight rebounds, Miles adding 12 points, and Travis Aikens
(Orlando, Fla.) chipping in 11 points off of the Herd bench.
"We've been successful when we get stops, and tonight we got stops," said Marshall senior center Mark Patton. "The main thing is sprinting back and playing good team defense."
Whitted, who led all scorers, was 8-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-4 from beyond-the-arc. He last scored 20 points against UAB on December 4, 2004.
"I like going out there and being aggressive and playing in the flow of the game" said Whitted. "My teammates were penetrating, and I got a lot of open shots."
"They jumpstarted us when they came out and pressed us," said head coach Ron Jirsa. "We had more deflections in the first half than we've had all season. We were focused on keeping them from scoring."
Charleston Southern's only double-digits scorer was Mario Williams, who ended the night with 14 points.
Marshall now takes a nine-day break before playing in Furman University's Jack-in-the-Box Holiday Classic in Greenville, S.C., on December 29. The Herd will take on South Carolina State on the 29th, and will either meet the host Paladins or Kennesaw State on December 30th.