Dec. 6, 2010
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Thundering Herd men's basketball team will look to win its third-straight game, playing host to James Madison on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Cam Henderson Center.
Marshall is coming off of a solid week that saw it grab wins over FIU and on the road at Ohio. MU opened the week with an 88-79 victory over the Panthers before topping Ohio, 65-57.
DeAndre Kane, this week's Conference USA Freshman of the Week, notched his second-consecutive 25-point outing against FIU before recording 18 against Ohio. Kane averaged 21.5 PPG, 4.0 assists per game and 33.5 minutes per contest last week, all team highs. Tirrell Baines continued his solid start to the season, culminating in the first double-double for the Herd in 2010 at Ohio. The senior scored 12 points and led all players with 10 rebounds against the Bobcats.
Once a down point for the Herd this season, but a difference-maker in its last two games, free throw shooting has impacted the Herd over that span. Added together, the Herd has hit 49 out of 69 shots from the charity stripe in its last two contests, 71%. MU has been especially clutch in the closing moments of its last two games. In the last 3:15 of the games against FIU and Ohio, the Herd hit 20 out of 26 free throws, contributing to a pair of victories.
The Dukes enter their inaugural meeting against Marshall with a 6-2 record. On Saturday, JMU fell to Georgia State at the buzzer, 64-63, putting an end to a six-game win streak.
JMU is led by a pair of forwards, Denzel Bowles and Rayshawn Goins. Bowles is the No. 3 shooter in the country, hitting 67.5% of his shots. The senior averages 18.4 PPG and 9.0 RPG, both team highs. Goins has scored 14.9 PPG and averaged 8.0 boards per contest, both second on the squad behind Bowles.
Tuesday's game will mark the first meeting between Marshall and James Madison, who is a member of the Colonial Athletic Conference. Marshall has faced six CAA institutions in its history, putting up an overall record of 5-10. The Herd has faced Delaware (1-0), Hofstra (0-1), UNC Wilmington (0-2), Old Dominion (4-4), VCU (0-2) and William and Mary (0-1). Most recently, MU faced Old Dominion, playing on the road, falling 72-60.
Tip is set for 7 p.m. Marshall will then have eight days to prepare for its third road game of the season, a trip to Savannah Sate on December 15. After Tuesday, the next home game for the Herd will be on Sunday, December 19 against VMI.