Marshall Men's Basketball to Face First Road Test of the Season
The two teams will compete for the Elli Johnson Trophy
Browning’s Career Night Lifts @HerdMBB over Morehead State
Stevie Browning scored a career-high 32 points to lead the Marshall men’s basketball team to an 85-77 win over I-64 rival Morehead State, Wednesday night, at the Cam Henderson Center.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – After beginning the season 2-0 at home, the Marshall men’s basketball team will face its first road test of the season when it travels to Morehead, Ky., to take on the Morehead State Eagles on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. at Johnson Arena to battle for the Ellis Johnson Trophy.
Steve Cotton and Charlie Hagley will be on the call for the Herd on the Thundering Herd IMG Sports Network.
HAVE YOU HERD
Head coach Dan D’Antoni earned his 50th career win in the 83-74 defeat of Southern. The Herd improved to 4-0 against schools in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) with tonight’s win (1-0 vs. Alabama State, 2-0 vs. Jackson State and 1-0 vs. Southern).
Jon Elmore had his 37th straight game of reaching double figures. After getting just four bench points in the season opener against UT Martin, the Herd got scoring contributions from five players off the bench, who combined for 24 bench points. After redshirting in 2016-17, Jannson Williams recorded his first points with the Herd. Williams finished with five. Ot Elmore scored off a Jon Elmore assist for the first Elmore-to-Elmore connection of their Herd careers.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
Though the season is young, Morehead State is one of the Ohio Valley’s leaders in free throw percentage. The Eagles have shot 37-of-48 from the charity stripe, which is good for 77.1 percent. The Eagles like to take advantage of sloppy ball control, as it is No. 5 in the OVC and is averaging 7.0 steals per game. MSU also emphasizes ball control since its +1.50 turnover margin is one of the league leaders.
WHO TO KNOW
Sophomore guard Jordan Walker led the OVC in three-point percentage as a true freshman last year. Walker nailed 49 percent from beyond the arc, hitting 38-of-77 triples. In fact, just more than half of his total field goal attempts (77 of 150) were taken from beyond three-point range. Walker nailed a trio of three-balls in the season opener at Xavier.
Walker led Morehead State with 18 points in the season opener at Xavier. He was the lone Eagle to touch double-figures in the point column. Walker was a perfect 5-for-5 from the free line as well.
Lamontray Harris has been selected to a preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference team by College Sports Madness. Harris was tabbed to the third-team squad. Last season, Harris played in all 30 games, with one start. He averaged 9.4 points and 5.2 rebounds a game. Harris ranked 20th in the OVC in rebounding (156 total rebounds).
Marshall’s will meet the Eagles for the 99th contest in the series history. The series dates back all the way to the year 1908, where Marshall defeated Morehead State 11-4. After that the two sides did not meet until the 1939-40 season. The Herd is 20-26 while on the road in this series.
Stevie Browning scored a career-high 32 points to lead the Marshall men’s basketball team to an 85-77 win over I-64 rival Morehead State.
The win was the Herd’s first over the Eagles since 2012 and improved Marshall’s record to 2-0 for the first time since the 2014-15 season, which Marshall started 3-0. Morehead State dropped to 2-1 with the loss.
\Sophomore guard Jon Elmore scored 17 points and added six assists and five rebounds. Senior forward Ryan Taylor scored 13 points and added 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Sophomore forward Ajdin Penava added nine points off the bench with all of his points coming from the free throw line. Senior guard Austin Loop added eight of his own.