Rio Grande to Visit Marshall for Tuesday Tussle
Herd looks to remain unbeaten to start 2013-14
Nov. 11, 2013
Cam Henderson Center
Marshall Calms Rio Grande Red Storm, 115-73
The Marshall University men's basketball team had seven players score in double figures, led by a career-high 18 points from Dago Pena to defeat NAIA Division I Rio Grande, 115-73 Feb. 9
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Having won its season opener over South Carolina State on Friday, by 16 points after having led by a game-high 32 midway through the second half, the Thundering Herd will welcome another team to its home court as Rio Grande will take on Marshall on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in Cam Henderson Center.
General admission tickets are $10 and may be purchased by going to HerdZone.com or by calling 800-THE-HERD. The game can be viewed and heard online via Herd All-Access by going to HerdZone.com. A Herd All-Access subscription for the season is $9.95 per month or $79.95 for one year.
HAVE YOU HERD?
In Marshall's season opener at Cam Henderson Center on Friday, the Herd defeated South Carolina State 85-69 with a career-high 31 points from senior forward Elijah Pittman (Covington, Ky.). It was the most points for a Marshall player in a season opener since guard Ronald Blackshear hit 32 in a 92-90 victory at Niagara on Nov. 22, 2002.
Pittman was not the only one for Marshall to score in double figures, as freshman guard Kareem Canty (Harlem, N.Y.) scored 15 in his first collegiate game and freshman forward Ryan Taylor recorded a double-double in his collegiate debut with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Along with leading the Herd in rebounds with 10, Taylor was a defensive enforcer for Marshall with three blocks.
Nine newcomers played 118 of the 200 Marshall minutes against the Bulldogs. The Herd still left a lot of points behind the arc (7-of-30) and at the free throw stripe (26-of-41) and was outrebounded 51-46, but as a feeling-out opener went, it was a feel-good night for a club on which Pittman got more than enough help.
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.
THE WINNINGEST PROGRAM IN CONFERENCE USA
Entering the season, Marshall's 1,396 program wins were the most among current Conference USA member programs. Tulsa ranks second with 1,338 and UTEP ranks third with 1,287. Only two schools have played more seasons of men's basketball than Marshall's 101, Tulane (103) and Tulsa (102). Current Sun Belt Conference member and 2014 C-USA member, Western Kentucky has recorded 1,675 wins in 94 seasons of men's basketball.
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.
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 are playing on a new surface this season. The others are UAB, Florida Atlantic, FIU, Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion and UTEP.
SCOUTING THE RED STORM
NAIA member Rio Grande will bring its 2-0 record into the Henderson Center after having defeated Miami (Ohio)-Hamilton, 121-72, and Indiana-Kokomo, 83-73, to open its season. Philip Hertz has led Rio Grande offensively through the first two games, averaging 24.0 points per game on 18-of-23 shooting.
The Red Storm finished last season 11-19 overall, with a 6-14 mark against Mid-South Conference competition.
Marshall leads the series over Rio Grande 14-0 as the two sides first met Jan. 29, 1921. Most recently the Herd defeated the Red Storm 115-73 on Feb. 9, 2010 in Huntington, W.Va.
The Herd will play its first road contest of the season, but
will not travel far. Marshall will take on Morehead State on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.