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Herd Men’s Basketball to Host First Exhibition Against West Virginia Tech

Oct. 28, 2017

EXHIBITION GAME | WEST VIRGINIA TECH at MARSHALL
Sunday, Oct. 29 | 4 p.m.
Cam Henderson Center

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The wait for men’s basketball to return is over, as the Marshall men’s basketball team will begin its regular season preparation, as it hosts the West Virginia Tech Golden Bears for an exhibition game on Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Cam Henderson Center.

The Thundering Herd is coming off its most successful season under head coach Dan D’Antoni. Marshall earned its first 20-win season and trip to the Conference USA Championship game since 2012. The Herd brings back junior guard Jon Elmore, who returns after declaring for the NBA draft and being granted an extra year of eligibility. The Charleston, W.Va., became the first person to lead the league in points (19.7) and assists (5.9) since Marquette’s Travis Diener did so in the 2003-04 season.

Also featured are junior guard C.J. Burks, last year’s “sixth man” for Marshall, and junior forward Ajdin Penava.

Burks averaged 9.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists. The Martinsburg, W.Va., native scored a career-high 27 points against Middle Tennessee on Feb. 18 and had a 25-point night at Pittsburgh (Dec. 28). The junior reached double figure scoring 10 times last season.

Penava had seven double-figure scoring games last season, but in a display of his improvement throughout the season, six of those came in Conference USA play. He had his breakout game with 20 points and eight rebounds at FIU, and had a pair of 10-rebound games late in the season.

Marshall returns sophomore Christian Thieneman (6-5, 205), sophomore Phil Bledsoe (6-6, 229) and senior Milan Mijovic (6-9, 252). Redshirt freshman Jannson Williams (6-9, 217) is ready to go after sitting out last season. Junior guard Rondale Watson (6-4, 185) will eventually join the mix after he transferred from Wake Forest.

Newcomers include 6-8 junior Dani Koljanin, 5-11 freshman Jarrod West and 6-7 freshman Darius George.

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