Dec. 16, 2016
GAME 10: MARSHALL (6-3) AT AKRON (7-3)
Saturday, Dec. 17 | 7:30 p.m. ET
Akron, Ohio | James A. Rhodes Arena (5,500)
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall men’s basketball team returns to the road to face former Mid-American Conference opponent, the Akron Zips, on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m.
In addition to coverage from @HerdMBB on Twitter and Instagram, the game will be broadcasted on the Time-Warner Cable Sports Channel and can also be found on the Thundering Herd IMG Sports Network with Steve Cotton on the call. Live stats will be available through GoZips.com.
HAVE YOU HERD
Marshall won its sixth game of the year when it defeated the Toledo Rockets, 111-105. It marked the first time the Thundering Herd went into overtime in the 2016-17 season. It was also the first time Marshall scored over 100 points during the 2016-17 season. Jon Elmore had a double-double from tying a career-high 35 points and dishing out 10 assists. Elmore became the first player in Marshall history to have two consecutive double-doubles from points and assists. Austin Loop’s four three-pointers moved him into the No. 3 spot in program history for career 3-pointers. After shooting 1-for-15 from three-point range in the first eight games of the season, Ryan Taylor was 2-for-3 from behind the arc. Phil Bledsoe tied his career-high of seven points
SCOUTING THE ZIPS
Akron has won at least 21 games in 11 straight seasons under 13th-year head coach Keith Dambrot, joining the likes of Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas and Ohio State. Over the last 12 seasons, the Zips have won 278 games, most by any team in the MAC. The Zips are tied for No. 8 in the nation for three-pointers per game with 10.4 per contest. Akron is No. 50 in the nation in scoring defense, having allowed 64.5 points per game. The Zips return three starters and nine letterwinners from last season’s Mid-American Conference Regular Season Championship squad that posted a 26-9 overall record and a 13-5 mark in MAC play. For the fourth consecutive year, Akron was selected to win the Mid-American Conference East Division while ranking as the favorite to claim the MAC Tournament title, according to the 2016-17 MAC Preseason Men’s Basketball Poll.
WHO TO KNOW
Senior center Isaiah Johnson (Cincinnati, Ohio) was named to the East Division Preseason All-MAC team by the 24-member MAC News Media Panel and 12 league head coaches. He has played in all 10 contests for the Zips and leads the team in scoring (14.8 points per game) and assists (2.8). He also averages 6.0 rebounds, which is No. 2 on the team. Johnson, a 2015-16 First-team All-MAC and Sixth Man of the Year selection, is joined by fellow senior forward and returning starter Kwan Cheatham Jr. (Cincinnati, Ohio). Cheatham is averaging 8.3 points a game and leads the team with 6.9 rebounds.
Marshall and Akron will meet for the fifth straight year. The Zips have won the last six contests and lead the overall series, 13-11.
Stevie Browning (Logan, W.Va.) matched career-highs of 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Marshall men’s basketball (0-5) in a 75-65 loss to Akron (6-2) on Dec. 4, 2015 at Cam Henderson Center.
James Kelly (Ann Arbor, Mich.) joined Browning with a team-high 18 points and added seven rebounds. Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis) rounded out double-figure scoring for the Herd with 17 points, and had seven rebounds.
ELMORE EARNS PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Junior guard Jon Elmore was named Conference USA’s Player of the week for the week of Dec. 12. It marked the first time Elmore has won the award in his career and the first time a player for the Herd has won the award this season. Elmore is the first Marshall player to be awarded the honor since James Kelly (2015-2016) was named Player of the Week during the week of Feb. 22, 2016.
Elmore is coming off a week where he averaged 31.0 points from 17-of-35 shooting (48.6 percent), 4-of-12 from 3-pointers (33.3 percent) and 24-of-30 from the line, while averaging 11 assists, 6.5 rebounds and one steal at Chattanooga (Dec. 6) and vs. Toledo (Dec. 10). The Charleston, W.Va., native had his first back-to-back double-doubles for the first time in his career and became the first Marshall player to do so since James Kelly vs. Southern Miss (March 3) and UTEP (March 10). Elmore became the first player in program history to collect two consecutive double-doubles from points and assists, while also becoming the first member of the Herd to have back-to-back 10 assist games for the first time since DeAndre Kane (2011-12) at Hofstra (Nov. 18, 2012) and vs. Nevada (Nov. 24, 2012).
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Marshall will play in its final non-conference home game of the 2016-17 season when it welcomes the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats on Monday, Dec. 18. Marshall leads the series, 29-13.