Marshall Hosts Southern Miss on Senior Day Saturday at 2 p.m.


Shaquille Johnson is one of three seniors that will be honored on Saturday.

Shaquille Johnson is one of three seniors that will be honored on Saturday.

March 2, 2012

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Three Marshall seniors will play in their final home game Saturday when the Thundering Herd (17-12, 8-7 C-USA) hosts Southern Miss (24-6, 11-4 C-USA) at 2 p.m.

The contest will be broadcast on FSN with Ron Thulin (play-by-play), Perry Clark (analyst) and Jenn Hildreth (sideline) calling the action.Due to the national broadcast, the game will not be streamed on HerdZone.com's All-Access platform because of Conference USA's television agreement with the network.

Marshall will be looking to rebound from a 69-68 overtime loss at East Carolina Wednesday. The Herd held a lead of 59-54 with under five minutes to play which was its first loss of the season when holding a lead that late in the game (14-1).

Saturday will be the final home game for seniors Shaquille Johnson, Dago Pena and Damier Pitts. The trio has played together the past four years at Marshall and will leave their mark on Herd men's basketball as they rank among the leaders in several career categories.

Johnson ranks 33rd in career scoring, 21st in free throws made, 20th in three-pointers made, 12th in assists and 12th in steals. Johnson also holds the honor of appearing in more games than any other player in Marshall history, missing just one game in his career.

Pena will end his career as one of the best three-point shooters in Marshall history. He has scored the 10th most three-pointers and has made 39 percent of his three-point attempts, the 10th best ever at Marshall.

Pitts ranks 16th in career points scored, sixth in assists and 20th in three-pointers made. He will go down as one of the best free throw shooters in Marshall history as he ranks seventh in free throws made and sixth in free throw percentage.

Southern Miss has won its last two games and nine of its last 12 including a 67-60 win over SMU on Wednesday. The Golden Eagles are one game behind Memphis for the Conference USA regular season title and can win the league with a win and a Memphis loss to Tulsa on Saturday.

Southern Miss is led by sophomore Neil Watson who averages 12.3 points per game despite having started just four times. The Golden Eagles have made 74.7 percent of their free throws this season, the best mark in the conference.

USM won the previous meeting 67-63 in Hattiesburg which tied up the all-time series 6-6. Marshall leads the series in Huntington 5-2.

In addition to the television broadcast, the game can be heard throughout the Thundering Herd Radio Network. Live stats can be access through HerdZone.com.