March 3, 2017
GAME 31: NORTH TEXAS (8-21, 2-15 C-USA) AT MARSHALL (16-14, 9-8 C-USA)
Saturday, March 4| 7 p.m. ET
Huntington, W.Va. | Cam Henderson Center (9,048)
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall men’s basketball team will play its final game of the regular season when it welcomes North Texas. It will also mark the final home game of Ryan Taylor, Stevie Browning and Austin Loop’s careers. The trio has scored 3,600 points, pulled down 1,400 rebounds and dished out 570 assists. It consists of Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week award winner, the program’s all-time 3-point leader and a player that has made it on Sports Center’s Top 10 plays twice.
In addition to coverage from @HerdMBB on Twitter and Instagram, the game can be found on the Thundering Herd IMG Sports Network with Steve Cotton on the call and Woody Woodrum handling the analysis. Live stats will be available through HerdZone.com.
HAVE YOU HERD
Egor Koulechov’s 3-pointer in the dying seconds of the game sent the Rice Owls past the Marshall men’s basketball team, 89-88, Thursday evening at the Cam Henderson Center. With the loss, Marshall lost against Rice for the first time since a 60-59 defeat against the Owls on March 11, 2009 in the first round of the Conference USA tournament. Jon Elmore’s 27 points leave him only nine points shy of reaching 1,000 career points. Elmore led the team in points for the 14th time this season and in assists (10) for the 22nd time this season. He recorded his seventh double-double this season. Ryan Taylor’s 13 points and 10 rebounds collected his 11th double-double of the season and the 38th of his career. It was the second consecutive game where two Marshall players collected double-doubles.
SCOUTING THE MEAN GREEN
North Texas men’s basketball is 0-15 this season when scoring 70-points or less. The Mean Green have earned all eight wins (8-7) by scoring 70 or more, including the most recent against UTSA (83-73) on Feb. 18. Three of those seven losses when scoring 70-plus were by single digits against Sam Houston State (76-70), Charlotte (82-81), and UTEP (77-71 OT). The Mean Green are tied for 14th in the Conference USA standings at 2-15 with one game remaining. North Texas went 4-24, 1-15 in the first season at the Sun Belt Conference in 2000-01 and was 2-13 in 2002-03.
North Texas responded at the free throw line going 18-for-25 (72 percent) against UTSA. In the eight wins, North Texas is shooting 72.4 percent and is 1-15 when they shoot less than 70 percent from the free throw line. The Mean Green have seven losses by single digits and against UTEP it was the seventh time that missed free throws have been greater than the difference in the final score. North Texas went 11-for-18 (61.1 percent) against LA Tech. The Mean Green went 7-for-12 (58.3 percent) against Southern Miss.
WHO TO KNOW
North Texas freshman guard A.J. Lawson leads Conference USA in scoring among freshman players at 10.9 points per game and has scored 317 total points.
North Texas men’s basketball has earned five Conference USA Freshman of the Week awards, including four weeks in a row. Freshman guard A.J. Lawson has earned three awards (Dec. 19, Feb. 6, Feb. 27) and classmate Ryan Woolridge has picked up two weekly honors (Feb. 13, Feb. 20). Lawson recently earned his third weekly honor after averaging 16 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game last week. Lawson leads the team in scoring at 11.2 points per game and Woolridge is fourth on the team at 9.6 points per game.
Marshall will meet North Texas for the fifth contest between the two sides. Marshall leads the series, 3-1.
Sophomore guard Jon Elmore (Charleston, W.Va.) had career highs of eight assists and five rebounds while leading Marshall men’s basketball with 21 points in a 97-78 thumping of North Texas on Thursday night at The Super Pit.
Joining Elmore in double-figure scoring were junior guard Stevie Browning (Logan, W.Va.) with a career-high 19 points, senior forward James Kelly (Ann Arbor, Mich.) with 15 and redshirt freshman C.J. Burks (Martinsburg, W.Va.) with 10.
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Marshall will travel to Birmingham, Ala., to compete in the C-USA Tournament on Wednesday, March 8. Its opponent has not been decided yet.