Herd Back Home to Host Alice Lloyd, Tuesday
Men's basketball returns to the Cam looking to snap drought
Dec. 16, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – After facing its longest stretch of the season away from home, the Marshall men’s basketball will return home to Cam Henderson Center to take on NAIA member Alice Lloyd, Tuesday, at 7 p.m.
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HAVE YOU HERD?
For 35 minutes, the Capital Classic men's basketball rivalry was turning green.
Then, Marshall's game-long cohesiveness seemed to wane, the Thundering Herd began to rush things ... and West Virginia came from behind for a 74-64 victory at the Charleston Civic Center on Saturday night.
A crowd of 11,038 saw a game that was somewhat tame by recent standards in a series in which the previous six years had seen an average of 48 fouls and 54 free throws per game.
For a third straight week and the third time this season, Marshall redshirt freshman point guard Kareem Canty (Harlem, N.Y.) was named Conference USA Freshman of the Week in men’s basketball, the league office announced Monday.
Canty played a game-high 39 minutes, scoring a team-best 16 points against West Virginia in the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic on Dec. 14. He recorded a game-high nine assists, while keeping WVU's Juwan Staten -- one of the top five assist men nationally -- to four assists in the game. Canty also went 3-for-3 from the free throw line and grabbed three of Marshall's 10 steals, which contributed to 16 WVU turnovers.
This marks the 13th C-USA Freshman of the Week honor in the history of Marshall men’s basketball. In 2009-10, center Hassan Whiteside tops the record books with six weekly honors as a freshman. DeAndre Kane ranks second with four, followed by Canty. Canty is the first to receive the honor in three consecutive weeks.
With the most C-USA Freshman of the Week honors this season, Canty ranks eighth in the nation and first in C-USA in assists per game (6.9). Marshall has now collected four weekly C-USA honors on the 2013-14 season.
The Herd is currently 0-5 away from home this season and has not won away from the Henderson Center since Feb. 20, 2013, in an 82-70 win over UCF. Marshall is 2-19 away from Huntington since the start of the 2012-13 season.
IT’S GOOD TO BE HOME
The Herd looks to get back to its winning ways with added support from its Kelly Green-clad fans. Marshall is 354-111 at the Cam Henderson Center over 33 seasons, good for a .761 winning percentage. The Herd is 4-1 at home this season.
THE POWER OF POINTS
Marshall has yet to win a game this season in which it failed to reach the 70-point plateau. The Herd is 1-3 when scoring between 70 and 79 points and 2-1 when scoring above 80. Having a 4-2 record when keeping opponents below 79 points of offense, Marshall is 0-4 when allowing the opposition to score more than 80 points.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
With numerous scoring threats in the Marshall lineup, four members of the Herd are averaging double figures in scoring, three of which have been a mainstay in the Herd’s starting lineup: Canty with 18.1, sophomore Chris Thomas (Denver) with 11.4 and freshman Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis, Ind.) with 10.9. The Herd has received scoring help from more than its top four scorers as Marshall has had three or more of its own score in double figures in nine of ten games this season.
With a 16-point comeback victory over two-time Sun Belt defending champion Western Kentucky, Nov. 26, at Cam Henderson Center, the Herd collected the 1,400th win in the history of the men’s basketball program.
Marshall currently finds itself in the midst of a four-game losing streak. The skid started Nov. 30 at ETSU. The Herd has not lost four consecutive contests since the 2011-12 season, with the span having stretched from Jan. 18 until Jan. 28.
AT THE LINE
Free throws have been a topic of discussion in nearly every game for the Herd this season as Marshall is 3-0 when converting more attempts from the charity stripe than opponents and 1-6 when making less free throws than the opposition. The Herd is shooting 58.4 percent from the line through its first ten games.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
Located in Pippa Passes, Ky., Alice Lloyd is a National Association of intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) member and a part of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC).
Coming to Huntington fresh off a 37-point defeat to Pikeville (Ky.), the Eagles will look to keep pace with the NCAA Division I talent of the Herd in its only meeting with a DI member for the season. Alice Lloyd (6-5, 1-1 KIAC) is 2-5 on the season in road games.
6-foot-7 forward Tyler Rogers is expected to be the primary offensive weapon for the Eagles as he is averaging double figures and scored a season high 31 points against Union (Ky.), Nov. 2, while shooting 13-for-19 from the field.
Tuesday will mark the first meeting between Marshall and Alice Lloyd.
The Thundering Herd will play host to Arkansas State, Saturday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. before taking nine days off for Christmas break.