Men's Basketball to Face `Operation Sellout' Saturday Night|
Jan. 24, 2014
GAME 21: MARSHALL (7-13, 1-4 C-USA) at LOUISIANA TECH (16-4, 4-1 C-USA)
RUSTON, La. – Coming off of its first Conference USA and road win of the season, the Marshall men’s basketball team is set to take on a Louisiana Tech squad that will be infused with energy from its near-capacity crowd as a part of its ‘Operation Sellout’ promotion on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET with the game to be aired live on CBS Sports Network.
HAVE YOU HERD?
At the half, the Herd led 33-22 as Marshall led numerous categories at the break, including bench points (14-2), second chance points (5-0) and points off turnovers (6-0). Down the stretch, both sides exchanged buckets with Rice looking for a run to make a game of it late, but Marshall would not allow it.
The knockout blow was delivered by freshman guard Kareem Canty (Harlem, N.Y.) as he grabbed a defensive rebound and was fouled, sending him to the line. After sinking both free-throws, the scoreboard read 66-53 with 56 seconds on the clock. As the clock ran out, Canty had scored eight of the Herd’s last 11.
SHAKING IT UP
Against Rice, coach Tom Herrion went with a different starting lineup for the second-straight game, this time having consisted of Shawn Smith (Sacramento, Calif.), DeVince Boykins (Forest City, N.C.), TyQuane Goard (Charleston, W.V.), Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis) and Tamron Manning (Georgetown, Ky.).
POINTS OF EMPHASIS
ON THE LINE
SPREADING THE WEALTH
The Herd has received scoring help from more than its top four scorers as Marshall has had three or more of its own score in double figures in 15 of 20 games this season. Unfortunately, it has not always been enough as the Herd is 5-10 this season when three or more of its own score in double figures and 2-3 when two or less reach 10 points.
A HELPING HAND
Canty has led or tied for the lead in assists for the Herd in all 20 games this season.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
A matchup to watch between the two sides will come in the backcourt as Canty will go up against junior guard Kenneth “Speedy” Smith, who is averaging 6.6 assists per game, a number that is identical to that of the Herd guard’s helpers.
Saturday’s meeting will mark the third all-time between the two programs and the first since the two sides became C-USA members. LA Tech has won each of the first two meetings, with one being in Ruston and the other in Huntington. The two contests came in consecutive seasons (1984-85 and 1985-86).