Marshall to Travel Across I-64 to Face Morehead State
Herd set for first road contest of young season
Nov. 16, 2013
Marshall Grinds out 70-67 Win over Morehead State
Senior forward Dennis Tinnon posted his second double-double of the season as the Marshall men's basketball team overcame a cold shooting night to beat I-64 rival Morehead State on Wednesday in front of a season-high 5,877 at the Cam Henderson Center.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – With two early wins having helped acclimate the nine Thundering herd newcomers, the Marshall men’s basketball team will hit the road for the first time this season. The Herd will travel just over 70 miles to face Morehead State, Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m.
HAVE YOU HERD?
With a chance to hone its skills early in the season, the Marshall men’s basketball team downed NAIA member Rio Grande, 119-77, Tuesday night at Cam Henderson Center.
Just days after his first collegiate appearance, freshman guard Kareem Canty (Harlem, N.Y.) made his presence felt even more as he recorded his first career double-double on 18 points and 11 assists while commanding the Marshall offense from the point.
An even offensive balance from seven Marshall players who scored in double figures helped Marshall cruise to a victory. The six aside from Canty were freshman Austin Loop (South Webster, Ohio), senior Elijah Pittman (Covington, Ky.), freshman Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis, Ind.), junior Shawn Smith (Sacramento, Calif.), sophomore Chris Thomas (Denver) and sophomore Tamron Manning (Georgetown, Ky.). Pittman led all Herd scorers with 29.
CONFERENCE USA WEEKLY AWARDS
After his 31-point performance in Marshall’s season opener vs. South Carolina State (Nov. 8), senior forward Elijah Pittman (Covington, Ky.) was named Co-Player of the Week by the C-USA league office. Pittman collected another honor as College Sports Madness named him the C-USA Player of the Week. Both honors were firsts for Pittman.
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.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
Morehead State recorded double digit victories in each of its first two contests of the season, both of which having come on its home court. Most recently, the Eagles fell to Xavier, 79-56, on the road, Friday night.
Through three games, junior guard Angelo Warner has averaged 15 points per game, leading the Morehead State offense in scoring.
The Eagles are coming off a subpar season in which they finished with a 15-18 record overall and an 8-8 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play.
Marshall leads the all-time series with Morehead State 50-44, with the Herd winning the last four meetings. The two sides met last season, Nov. 28, in Huntington with Marshall grinding out a 70-67 victory over the Eagles. Marshall is 21-24 all-time in games played in Morehead, Ky.
Marshall will return home to kick off a three-game home stand, starting with Stephen F. Austin, Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m.