Herd Men's Basketball Season Begins Friday at 7:30
Marshall hosts Longwood to get the season underway
Nov. 8, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall begins its 100th season of men's basketball Friday when it hosts Longwood at 7:30 p.m.
The Thundering Herd is coming off a 94-67 rout over Bluefield College in its lone exhibition game of the season last Thursday.
Tom Herrion enters his third season as head coach of the Herd after leading the team to 20-plus wins in each of his first two seasons, including at 21-14 record last year. Three starters return from that team which qualified for the NIT including DeAndre Kane, a Preseason Conference USA First Team selection this season.
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Five newcomers join the team including junior college transfers Elijah Pittman and D.D. Scarver. Both players made the most of their exhibition game with Bluefield College as Scarver finished with 18 points and seven rebounds while Pittman had a game-high 23 points and 13 rebounds.
Longwood, located in Farmville, Va., is a member of the Big South Conference and returns one starter from last season's team which went 10-21. Tristan Carey, the team's leading scorer last season with 13.4 points and 5.1 rebounds, returns as a junior.
Mike Gillian is in his 10th season as head coach of the Lancers, who up until this season played as an independent, without a conference.
The teams have met just twice, once in 1992 and again in 1993, with Marshall winning both games.
The game can be heard throughout the Thundering Herd/IMG Sports Network or viewed with a paid subscription to Herd All-Access via HerdZone.com. Receive news and scoring updates all season long through twitter by following @Herd_Zone.