Oct. 11, 2008
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University head men's basketball coach Donnie Jones unveiled his 2008-09 Thundering Herd on Saturday night at the Cam Henderson Center for another rendition of Thundering Herd Madness.
A crowd of 2,009 watched the Herd utilize an hour of its NCAA-allotted two hours of practice time per week in advance of the Oct. 17 official starting date of practice. Marshall fans saw the Herd run a series of drills before slam dunk and 3-point contests were capped off by a 15-minute scrimmage.
The Green and White teams played to a 32-32 tie in the scrimmage, with sophomore Marcus Goode (Chapin, S.C.) of the White tying freshman Damier Pitts (Charlotte, N.C.) of the Green for game-high scoring honors. Goode, a 6-foot-10 center, wowed the crowd with his outside shooting ability as he sank 2-of-4 three-point field goal attempts.
Pitts, a point guard, went 6-for-7 from the floor with three assists. Junior forward Tyler Wilkerson (Lexington, Ky.) added nine points for the Green team.
Freshman Kore White (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) went 4-for-4 in scoring eight points for the White with three rebounds while sophomore forward Tirrell Baines (Laurens, S.C.) registered six points with two assists.
Georgetown transfer Octavius Spann (College Park, Ga.) won the slam dunk contest, scoring a win over Baines in the finals.
The veteran duo of Chris Lutz (Bedford, N.H.) and Darryl Merthie (Sanford, Fla.) defeated the freshman duo of Pitts and Dago Pena (Punta Gorda, Fla.) in the 3-point shootout, 30-25.
The Herd will play an exhibition game on Nov. 1 versus Wheeling Jesuit at the Henderson Center before opening the regular season on Nov. 16 versus WVU Tech.