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Marshall Men’s Hoops to Face First Road Test in League Play

Jan. 10, 2018

GAME 17: Marshall (11-5, 2-1 C-USA) at Charlotte (5-9, 1-2 C-USA)
Thursday, Jan. 11 | 7 p.m.
Charlotte, N.C. | Halton Arena
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The Last Meeting
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After senior guard Stevie Browning (Logan, W.Va.) missed the last game with an injury, he came back to score a game-high 27 points and help lead the Marshall Thundering Herd past the Charlotte 49ers in a 93-89 victory on Saturday at the Halton Arena.


CHARLOTTE – The Thundering Herd will face its first true road test in league play when it travels to the Charlotte 49ers on Thursday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m.

Bobby Rosinksi and Jobey Thomas will be on the call for ESPN 3, while Steve Cotton will call the game via radio.

HAVE YOU HERD
The Herd suffered its first home loss of the season, losing 112-87 against WKU on Saturday. D’Antoni lamented the loss of Penava, who entered Saturday’s game averaging 4.7 blocks per game, slightly better than Texas big man Mohamed Bamba’s 4.5 for the national lead. Penava landed awkwardly on his right leg and headed to the locker room. He did not return to the game, but made his way back to the bench in the second half.


 

 

The Hilltoppers took advantage of Penava’s absence, finishing with a 53-26 advantage in rebounds, a 70-20 difference in points in the paint and a 20-2 advantage in second chance points. The Hilltoppers received a game-high 33 points from Darius Thompson, who finished with a triple-double. The senior transfer from the University of Virginia added 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Senior forward Justin Johnson added 27 points and eight rebounds, and fellow big man Dwight Coleby collected a double-double (18 points, 14 rebounds).

Marshall came within one 3-pointer of tying the school record of 19.

SCOUTING THE 49ERS
The 49ers should seem like a familiar opponent for the Herd, as the run a similar offense. Charlotte averages 71.6 points per game, but gives up an average of 75.4 points per game. Teams average 33.3 percent from behind the arc against Charlotte. The 49ers thrive at not letting teams get to the free throw line, as it commits 19 fouls per contest.

WHO TO KNOW
Charlotte is led by All-C-USA guard Jon Davis, who averages 12.6 points per game and 5.4 assists. Like the Herd’s Jon Elmore, Davis gets a lot of his points at the free throw line. His 53 made free throws on 73 attempts are one of the best rates in the country. The other 49ers scoring threat, Andrien White, leads the team in points per game (14.4) and total steals (22).

SERIES HISTORY
Marshall will meet Charlotte for the 15th contest in series history. It is a series that dates back to the 1971-72 season. James Kelly’s 20-20 game last year was the first time a Marshall player accomplished that feat in 43 years. As it stands, the Herd is on a three-game winning streak.

LAST TIME
After senior guard Stevie Browning (Logan, W.Va.) missed the last game with an injury, he came back to score a game-high 27 points and help lead the Marshall Thundering Herd past the Charlotte 49ers in a 93-89 victory on Saturday at the Halton Arena.

With the win, Marshall improved to 16-13 overall (9-7 in C-USA), while Charlotte fell to 12-15 overall (6-10 C-USA).

Along with his 27 points, Browning added five rebounds and two assists. Junior guard Jon Elmore (Charleston, W.Va.) added 26 points and seven assists, while senior forward Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis) collected his 37th career double-double from 15 points and 13 boards. Ajdin Penava (Bosnia) collected his second career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Charlotte’s Anthony VanHook added 21 points.

The Herd finished the game shooting 31-of-59 (52.5 percent) field goals, 8-of-23 (34.8 percent) from 3-point land and shot 23-of-31 (74.2 percent) at the line. Marshall also pulled down 43 rebounds and had 13 assists. Charlotte shot 34-of-79 (48.6 percent) field goals, 5-of-18 (27.8 percent) 3-pointers and 16-of-22 (72.7 percent) at the line.

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