@HerdMBB to Begin Busy Weekend at Vanderbilt|
Dec. 4, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Having dropped the first game of a four-game stint away from home, the Marshall men’s basketball team will have a chance to get a valuable win as the Thundering Herd will take on Vanderbilt in Memorial Gym, Thursday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. ET.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Marshall was led by Kareem Canty's (Harlem, N.Y.) 19 points, followed by 17 from Chris Thomas (Denver), Elijah Pittman's (Covington, Ky.) 16, Shawn Smith's (Sacramento) 11 and Ryan Taylor's (Indianapolis) 10. Taylor also racked up 14 rebounds for the double-double as the Herd outrebounded ETSU, 40-37. Canty added six assists as well.
ETSU made 53.6 percent from the field (30-of-56), while the Herd shot 42.9 percent (27-of-63). Neither team shot particularly well from long-range, as ETSU made just 7-of-23 attempts (30.4 percent), while Marshall connected on 6-of-30 (20 percent). ETSU made 70.0 percent on its trips to the free throw line (21-of-30), while the Herd made good on 18-of-35 attempts (51.4 percent).
CONFERENCE USA HONORS
This marks the first weekly honor in Canty’s career and the 11th Freshman of the Week honor in program history. The last player for the Thundering Herd to receive the honor was DeAndre Kane, who did so for the week of Feb. 7, 2011.
Over the two-game week, Canty averaged 17.0 points and 4.5 assists in 33.5 minutes. Against WKU, Canty ranked second on the team in scoring with 15, before scoring 19 and recording six assists in a losing effort to ETSU (Nov. 30).
Ranking sixth in the nation in assists per game (7.3) and ninth in the country in total steals (51), Canty has helped the Herd greatly from the point position.
Canty and Pittman were both named to the College Hoops Daily All-Conference USA team for the month of November at their respective positions, with Pittman taking home C-USA Player of the Month.
JIMMY V WEEK FOR CANCER RESEARCH
"It's been 20 years since Jim Valvano's courageous words inspired us all to work tirelessly in the fight against this terrible disease," said John Skipper, President, ESPN. "Over those two decades, we've seen enormous strides in cancer research and treatment options - progress that comes as a direct result of Jim's vision."
SCOUTING THE COMMODORES
Redshirt sophomore guard Eric McClellan leads Vanderbilt in scoring with 17. 6 points per game in seven starts. Leading the way on the boards is senior forward Rod Odom with 5.0 per game, in addition to his 13.3 points per game.
The Commodores are coming off a 2012-13 campaign that was below average as the squad finished with a 16-17 record, 8-10 in Southeastern Conference play.
Thursday will mark the first meeting between Marshall and Vanderbilt.