Herd Set for Road Contest Saturday at ETSU
Men's basketball to close out Roundball Showcase away from home
Nov. 29, 2013
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East Tennessee State Hangs On to Defeat Herd Men, 76-72
East Tennessee State's Kevin Tiggs scored a career-high 31 points on Tuesday to lead the Buccaneers to a 76-72 road victory over Marshall in a non-conference men's basketball clash at the Cam Henderson Center.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – With a three-game homestand in the rear view mirror for the Thundering Herd, the Marshall men’s basketball team will look to keep its offense flowing when it travels to ETSU, Saturday, Nov. 30 at 4 p.m.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Despite falling behind by 16 points in the first half, the Marshall men’s basketball team battled back to beat Western Kentucky, 74-64, as sophomore guard Chris Thomas (Denver) poured in 27 points for the Thundering Herd, while recording six steals, Tuesday night, at Cam Henderson Center in front of a rowdy crowd of 5,113.
Facing a Western Kentucky team that has made two consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances by winning the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, the Herd did not waiver.
Freshman guard Kareem Canty (Harlem, N.Y.) finished second in scoring to Thomas with 15 points, while adding three assists on the night.
The Marshall defense clamped down on the Hilltoppers, forcing 23 turnovers and recording 28 points off of turnovers.
The round-robin event run by bd Global, LLC, will close with the meeting between the Buccaneers and the Herd. Marshall is participating in the event along with Campbellsville, East Tennessee State, Samford, Stephen F. Austin, UNC Wilmington and Western Kentucky. The Herd has already faced Stephen F. Austin (Nov. 21), UNC Wilmington (Nov. 23) and Western Kentucky (Nov. 26) as part of the event.
MIXING IT UP
Marshall coach Tom Herrion slightly mixed up his starting lineup vs. UNC Wilmington (Nov. 23) by replacing Thomas with sophomore DeVince Boykins (Forest City, N.C.) and it has paid dividends for the Herd since. Thomas has feasted on opposing defenses in his two starts as he has tallied 42 points and seven steals in 55 minutes on the floor. Thomas is averaging 13.0 points per game through the first six games of his Marshall career.
A HELPING HAND
Through his first six collegiate games, Canty has collected 45 assists to lead the Herd. Averaging 7.5 assists per game, Canty ranks fourth in the nation and first in C-USA in assists per game. Canty has recorded two double-doubles in his first six collegiate appearances, against Rio Grande (Nov. 12) and UNC Wilmington (Nov. 23).
SCOUTING THE BUCCANEERS
Coming off a road loss to Tennessee Tech (Nov. 27), ETSU enters the contest with a 2-5 record on the year. Four of the Bucs’ five losses have been by 10 or less points.
ETSU has three players averaging double-digit scoring with senior forward Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard leading the team with 14.4 points per game through seven games.
The Bucs are looking to improve after a 2012-13 campaign in which they finished 10-22 overall and 8-10 in Atlantic Sun Conference play.
ETSU leads the all-time series, 25-21. The Bucs won the last two meetings between the two sides. Marshall is 5-17 against ETSU in games played in Johnson City, Tenn.
The Herd will continue its four-game stint away from the Cam Henderson Center with a trip to face Vanderbilt, Thursday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.