Oct. 27, 2013
EXHIBITION: CONCORD at MARSHALL
Monday, Oct. 28 -- 7 p.m.
Huntington, W.Va. | Cam Henderson Center
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – With nine newcomers to don Kelly green for the first time on Monday, the Marshall men’s basketball team will take the court to start the season in an exhibition against Concord on Monday at 7 p.m. in Cam Henderson Center.
Tickets for the exhibition are $5 and all seating is general admission. Tickets can be purchased by going to HerdZone.com or by calling 800-THE-HERD. The game can be viewed online via Herd All-Access by going to HerdZone.com. This will be the only game of the season that will be free of charge. A Herd All-Access subscription for the season is $9.95 per month or $79.95 for one year.
In-game Twitter updates @HerdMBB, results and a recap from the night’s action will be available at HerdZone.com.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Marshall has nine newcomers on the 2013-14 Thundering Herd squad with five returning lettermen (DeVince Boykins, Elijah Pittman, JP Kambola, Tamron Manning and Yous Mbao) and one returning starter (Pittman) completing the roster.
The Herd looks to improve upon its 13-19 overall record from last season and 6-10 mark in Conference USA play. Pittman (Covington, Ky.), a senior forward, was named a C-USA Men’s Basketball Preseason Player to Watch entering the season, along with being named a C-USA preseason first teamer by College Sports Madness at his position. Also receiving a College Sports Madness C-USA preseason nod was redshirt freshman Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis, Ind.) who was named Freshman of the Year.
The new nine are Shawn Smith (Sacramento, Calif.), Kareem Canty (Harlem, N.Y.), Chris Thomas (Denver), Kevin McNair (Atlanta), Cheikh Sane (Dakar, Senegal), TyQuane Goard (Roxboro, N.C.), Justin Edmonds (Albion, Mich.). The group of newcomers is made up of four transfers, four freshmen, one sophomore and three juniors.
Marshall will look for the newcomers to make an immediate impact as the Herd returns just 26 percent of the scoring that was recorded during the 2012-13 season.
A new $156,500 hardwood floor was installed at Cam Henderson Center in late September, replacing the old floor which had been in place for the past 15 years. The new floor is from Robbins Sports Surfaces in Cincinnati, the same firm that has built and designed floors for Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana, Michigan and numerous NBA teams, including the Heat, Knicks, Cavaliers and Spurs.
Marshall is one of seven Conference USA schools that will play on a new surface this season. The others are UAB, Florida Atlantic, FIU, Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion and UTEP.
CONFERENCE USA FACELIFT
On July 1, East Carolina, Marshall, Rice, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB and UTEP welcomed eight institutions to Conference USA: charter member Charlotte, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion and UTSA. With the addition of those schools, former members Houston, Memphis, SMU and UCF departed the league for the newly formed American Athletic Conference.
BEAUTY WAY TO GO, EH?
From Aug. 16-20, the Herd bused around Canada for five games in five days, covering 1,225 miles on the six-day journey. Marshall returned to Huntington with a flawless 5-0 record to show for the trip. Marshall was led by redshirt freshman point guard Kareem Canty (Harlem, N.Y.), who averaged 18.8 ppg and 5.3 apg, while Pittman added 16.4 ppg and 7.4 rpg for the Herd. With chances for newcomers to gain experience, transfer forward TyQuane Goard (Roxboro, N.C.) was a significant contributor as he recorded 10.4 ppg and 7.0 rpg on the trip.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAIN LIONS
New Mountain East Conference member Concord posted an overall of 16-11 last season with a 12-10 record in West Virginia intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. The Mountain Lions return their No. 2 scorer, junior Mike Boyd, who averaged 11.6 points per game last season while averaging 29.9 minutes in 27 starts. Boyd led Concord in steals (34) and assists (122).
Through 16 meetings in the all-time series, Marshall leads the series 14-2 and has won the last seven meetings. Monday will mark the first meeting between the two sides since Dec. 3, 1949, when the Herd won 84-45.
Marshall opens regular-season play on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. against South Carolina State, the second series meeting between the Herd and the Bulldogs of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.