Men’s Basketball to Return to Henderson Center for Weekend Series
Tipoff vs. the FIU Panthers is set for 8 p.m. on Local Stadium
@HerdMBB Earns First Road and Conference Win in 94-70 Victory Over FIU
Sophomore forward Ajdin Penava's (Sarajevo, Bosnia) career-high 20 points, eight rebounds and five blocks and junior guard Jon Elmore's (Charlotte, W.Va.) game-high 22 points and six assists helped the Marshall men's basketball team close out 2016 with its first Conference USA win, as it defeated FIU, 94-74, on Saturday afternoon.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Fresh off a Texas road trip, the Marshall men’s basketball team returns to the Cam Henderson Center to welcome the Florida Panthers on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m.
Mark Martin and Bob Bolen will be on the call for HerdVision and local Stadium, while Steve Cotton and Charlie Hagley will be on the call for radio.
HAVE YOU HERD
The Herd defeated UTEP, 74-65, for Marshall’s first ever victory in El Paso against the Miners. Prior to the game, the Herd had a six-game losing streak in El Paso.
C.J. Burks collected his 1,000th career points and scored 16 points. Jon Elmore had a complete game of 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Elmore made four three-pointers to move to 45.0 from behind the arc during the weekend. The junior also scored eight of the Herd’s last 10 points.
It took the Herd three minutes to score, but after it took the lead with 15:16 left in the first half, Marshall never trailed again. Milan Mijovic scored four points, including a hook shot. Rondale Watson pulled down a career-high seven rebounds.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
After missing the league tournament last season, FIU has bounced back. As it stands, the Panthers are in 10th place.
FIU is a team that thrives on creating and limiting its own turnovers. Its 7.7 steals per game are No. 40 in the nation, while it makes 10.7 turnovers per game. The Miami natives are also forcing teams to make 15.13 turnovers a contest. That has given the Panthers a 4.4 turnovers margin, which is No. 10 in the nation.
Another area the team thrives in is free throw attempts, but it comes with a twist. Its 549 free throw attempts are 35th in the country, but it only makes 59 percent of its attempts.
WHO TO KNOW
FIU is led by Brian Beard Jr., who leads the team in points, 16.4 and assists per game, 5.6. Beard Jr., averages 3.04 steals per game, which is fourth in the nation.
Eric Lockett is the main big man for the Panthers. He is averaging 5.08 defensive boards per game.
Marshall will meet FIU for the seventh time in series history. The series dates back to the 2010-11 season when FIU first joined the league. Marshall has only lost one contest between the two teams, a 66-62 overtime defeat in Miami on Jan. 15, 2015. The Herd averages 85 points per game when playing the Panthers.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Sophomore forward Ajdin Penava’s career-high 20 points, eight rebounds and five blocks and junior guard Jon Elmore’s game-high 22 points and six assists helped the Marshall men’s basketball team close out 2016 with its first Conference USA win, as it defeated FIU, 94-70, on Saturday afternoon.
Senior guard Stevie Browning added 13 points and four rebounds, while senior forward Ryan Taylor added six points and seven rebounds. Donte McGill led the FIU scorers with 16 points and had six rebounds.
The Herd began the game on a 12-0 run thanks to senior guard Browning’s five points, a three-pointer from Elmore and a layup from Penava. The Panthers battled back to cut it to a two-point Marshall lead and made it 19-17 at the 10:37 mark, but the Herd turned up the offense and went on a 10-0 run to snub the FIU threat.
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