Herd Men’s Hoops to Battle Blazers in League Showdown
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
GAME 20: UAB (13-6, 4-2 C-USA) at Marshall (13-6, 4-2 C-USA)
Saturday, Jan. 18 | 8 p.m.
Defense Carries @HerdMBB Past UAB in 74-59 Victory
Junior guard Jon Elmore (Charleston, W.Va.) led all scorers with 25 points and Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis) added 17 to lead the Marshall men's basketball team to a 74-59 win over the UAB Blazers Thursday night at the Cam Henderson Center.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The fight for a top seed in the Conference USA Tournament will heat up when a fully healthy Herd welcomes the UAB Blazers on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Henderson Center.
Mark Martin and Bob Bolen will be on the call for HerdVision, while Dave Wilson and Charlie Hagley will call the game via radio.
HAVE YOU HERD
Middle Tennessee has been Conference USA’s toughest out in recent seasons. On Thursday night, in front of 5,320 people inside the Henderson Center, the Marshall men’s basketball team found a way to beat the league stalwarts at their own game.
The Thundering Herd gave the visiting Blue Raiders their first conference loss, 73-63.
Elmore scored in double figures for the 53rd consecutive game. Burks passed one of his assistant coaches, Cornelius Jackson, on the career 3-pointers list. Burks now has 109, which is tied with Mark Dorris on the career list. Jackson made 107 career 3s. Elmore fell a single point shy of 1,500 for his career, but passed DeAndre Kane for No. 16 on the career scoring list. Elmore now has 1,499 points; Kane scored 1,496.
SCOUTING THE BLAZERS
UAB excels at the fundamentals, including rebounding, shot selection and free throws.
The two-headed monster that is William Lee and Chris Cokley has helped the Blazers become one of the best teams at controlling the glass, as it averages 38.2 rebounds per game. UAB also has a high-octane offense much like the Herd’s that averages 78.9 points per contest. Unlike Marshall, UAB gets its points inside the arc and does so efficiently, as its 49.7 percent from field goals are 16th in the nation. When the Blazers get to the line it makes 77.0 percent from the charity stripe, which is good for No. 24 in the nation.
WHO TO KNOW
UAB is led by Chris Cokley, who leads the team in points (17.8), rebounds (9.3), field goal percentage (58.6), free throws (68) and free throw percentage (86.1). His partner in the paint, William Lee, is one of the league’s premier shot-blockers, as he averages 1.90 blocks per game, which is good for fourth in the league. Lee and Cokley combine for 14.9 rebounds per game.
The point man, Nick Norton, thrives in taking care of the ball and taking it away from opposing offenses, as his 2.36 assist/turnover ratio is 64th in the country. Norton also averages 1.33 steals per game.
Elmore had five assists and three rebounds to go along with his 25 points. Taylor added seven rebounds and three assists to his 17 points. Ajdin Penava recorded his first career double-double, finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds. UAB’s Dirk Williams had a team-high 23 points.