Dec. 2, 2009
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.--The Marshall University men’s basketball team hosts Salem International Dec. 3 in the Cam Henderson Center. Marshall (4-1) is playing Salem for the first time since Dec. 1952 when the Thundering Herd defeated the Tigers 96-73. Marshall leads the all-time series 23-11 and have won 10 in a row against Salem since the Tigers defeated MU 64-61 Feb. 5, 1942.
Salem International is 0-4, 0-1 in WVIAC play as the squad enters the Cam Henderson Center. Thursday night’s game marks the first for Salem head coach Randy Unger who took over the Salem program Nov. 19. Unger served as an assistant coach at Glenville State for past three seasons. Unger previously served as the head coach at Lees-McRae College (N.C.) for seven seasons. Sophomore forward Ivan Jovicic is the Tigers’ leading scorer as he is averaging 12.3 points per game.
Freshman center Hassan Whiteside posted a career-best game, just missing a triple-double, with 14 points, 17 rebounds and nine blocks to lead the Marshall University men’s basketball team past Ohio University 60-53 at the Charleston Civic Center Nov. 28. The win awards the Thundering Herd with the Global Sports Invitational Championship by earning victories in all four games of the tournament. The Herd defeated North Carolina A&T, Middle Tennessee State, Lamar and Ohio.
Whiteside tied a Marshall school record for blocks in a game with nine, which was previously set by Latece Williams (11/17/00) and Omar Roland (1/13/90). Whiteside’s nine blocks against the Bobcats broke the C-USA freshman single-game record and ranks in a tie for sixth on the overall single-game chart. The Gastonia, N.C., native finished 7-for-11 from the field and tied his career high with 14 points. The 17 boards (11 defensive, six offensive) along with his nine blocks were both personal bests. The game also marked his second consecutive double-double.
Tyler Wilkerson (Sr., Lexington, Ky.) reached double-figures for the fourth-straight game, totaling 10 points while adding seven rebounds. Shaquille Johnson (So., Jacksonville, Fla.) and Darryl Merthie (Sr., Sanford, Fla.) each chipped in with nine points apiece, with the pair combining for a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe.
The Marshall University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is hosting a coat drive to coincide with Thursday night’s game. Proceeds will go to Huntington’s Salvation Army to provide coats for those in need this winter. This effort is part of Marshall’s SAAC in an effort to lead the university in a Conference USA-wide ‘Making a Difference’ competition.
Individual game tickets are on sale for $13 in the lower bowl, $10 in the upper reserved, and $9 for general admission. Season tickets for all home games in the lower bowl chair back sections are $205 for the season and require a Big Green Scholarship Foundation donation. Bench seating located behind the west basket is $180 for the season. All upper reserved chair backs are $95. Season basketball tickets can only be purchased by calling 1-800-THE-HERD or visiting the Cam Henderson Center Box Office Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.