Herd Back Home to Host FIU
Men's basketball looks to rebound with home victory
Jan. 29, 2014
Cam Henderson Center
Kane's 25 Points Leads Marshall Past FIU, 88-79
Redshirt freshman DeAndre Kane recorded his second-consecutive 25-point outing as the Marshall University men's basketball team took down FIU, 88-79, inside the Cam Henderson Center Monday evening.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Having returned home from a two-game Conference USA road trip that resulted in a 1-1 result, the Marshall men’s basketball team will retake the Cam Henderson Center floor on Thursday against league newcomer FIU at 7 p.m.
General admission tickets are $10 and may be purchased by going to HerdZone.com or by calling 800-THE-HERD. The game can be viewed and heard online via Herd All-Access by going to HerdZone.com. A Herd All-Access subscription for the season is $9.95 per month or $79.95 for one year.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Before a near-capacity crowd of 7,355, the Marshall men’s basketball team was affected early and often against the Louisiana Tech full court press and trap defense, leading to 22 turnovers and a 98-77 defeat for visiting Marshall, Saturday night on Karl Malone Court at Thomas Assembly Center.
While the Herd shot an above average 51 percent from the field on the night (29-of-57) and out rebounded the Bulldogs (37-31), the category that did Marshall in was turnovers as the Herd’s 22 led directly to 29 LA Tech points.
Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis) collected the sixth double-double of his career on 17 points and 11 rebounds as he finished as the leading scorer for Marshall. Kareem Canty (Harlem, N.Y.) and Chris Thomas (Denver) rounded out the trio of double-figure scorer for the Herd as they recorded 16 and 13, respectively.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
The Herd is 6-4 this season in the friendly confines of Cam Henderson Center and 44-15 at home under coach Tom Herrion. With added support from its kelly green-clad fans, Marshall is 356-114 at the Henderson Center over 33 seasons, a .760 winning percentage.
Over the past nine weeks, Marshall has snagged five C-USA Freshman of the Week honors between a pair of Herd first years. Taylor is the most recent as his 17.5 ppg and 9.5 rpg showing over the past week earned him the award, Jan. 27. After having earned it on Jan. 6 as well, he has now won the award in two of the last four weeks.
Canty is responsible for three of the awards, with them all having come in consecutive weeks (Dec. 2, 9 and 16). Only one other player in the league has received the honor on three occasions this season, Jonathan Stark of Tulane.
SHAKING IT UP
Coach Tom Herrion once again adjusted the starting lineup, making it the fourth lineup in as many games for the Herd. This time consisting of Shawn Smith (Sacramento, Calif.), TyQuane Goard (Charleston, W.Va.), Tamron Manning (Georgetown, Ky.), Canty and Taylor.
POINTS OF EMPHASIS
Marshall has yet to win a game this season in which it failed to reach the 70-point plateau. The Herd is 3-11 when scoring 79 or less points and 4-3 when scoring above 80. Having a 7-5 record when keeping opponents below 79 points of offense, Marshall is 0-9 when allowing the opposition to score more than 80 points.
ON THE LINE
Free throws have been a point of emphasis for the Herd this season as Marshall is 5-2 when converting more attempts from the charity stripe than opponents and 2-11 when making fewer free throws than the opposition. The Herd is shooting 61.9 percent from the line this season (367-of-593). Marshall’s 226 missed free throw attempts rank first in NCAA Division I men’s basketball.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
With numerous scoring threats in the Marshall lineup, four members of the Herd are averaging double figures in scoring, three of which have become a mainstay in the Herd’s starting lineup: Canty with 16.7, Taylor with 13.9 and Thomas with 11.2. Smith is knocking on the double-digit doorstep as he is averaging 8.8 points in his emerging sixth-man role.
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 16 of 21 games this season. Unfortunately, it has not always been enough as the Herd is 5-11 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
The benefit of having a true point guard has helped the Herd greatly this year and Canty has been the primary reason for that. An average of 6.4 assists per game has the freshman ranking 10th in the country, while he is the second-best assist man in C-USA. Canty has recorded three double-doubles on the season, all coming from a combination of points and assists.
Canty has led or tied for the lead in assists for the Herd in all 21 games this season.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
In its first season as a member of C-USA, FIU has found early success in league play, winning three of its first five conference games. The Panthers are currently in the midst of a two-game win streak with home wins over East Carolina (Jan. 18) and Florida Atlantic (Jan. 25).
Senior forward Tymell Murphy leads his squad in scoring (16.4 ppg), field goal percentage (60.1 percent) and minutes (33.9 mpg). Senior forward Rakeem Buckles ranks second in scoring (13.3 ppg) and is the leading FIU rebounder (9.1 rpg).
The Herd and Panthers have met once before, during the 2010-11 season in which Marshall protected its home court in an 88-79 win on Nov. 29, 2010.
Marshall will have a short turnaround before hosting Florida Atlantic on Saturday at noon on Comcast Sports Southeast. The game is part of Autism Awareness Day.