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Men’s Basketball to Close Out Non-Conference Schedule Against EKU

Dec. 21, 2017

GAME 13: EKU (6-6) at Marshall (8-4)
Friday, Dec. 22 | 7 p.m.
Huntington, W.Va. | Cam Henderson Center
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall men’s basketball team is set to close out its non-conference schedule when it welcomes the Eastern Kentucky Colonels on Friday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Henderson Center.



Mark Martin and Bob Bolen will be on the call for Stadium and locally broadcasted games, while Steve Cotton and Charlie Hagley will call the game via radio.

Marshall scored 50 points in the second half, but could not overcome No. 9 Xavier in a 81-77 loss. Junior guard Rondale Watson made his Herd debut and scored 10 points. Ajdin Penava scored a game-high 25 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Jon Elmore scored 15 points and added nine assists. Jon Elmore reached double figures scoring for the 47th straight game. C.J. Burks scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half.

 Marshall finished the game shooting 27-of-69 (39.1 percent) from field goals, 11-of-35 (31.4 percent) from 3-pointers and 12-of-16 (75 percent) from the charity stripe. Xavier’s Tyrique Jones and Kerrem Kanter each collected double-doubles and combined for 30 points and 24 rebounds. The Herd made 11 3-pointers.

Eastern Kentucky specializes in drawing fouls. Its 250 attempts are No. 109 in the nation, but the Colonels also do a good job of converting those chances. The team is shooting 76 percent from the charity stripe, which is good for 35th among all DI teams. Eastern Kentucky also does a good job of limiting opposing team’s chances with blocks and rebounds. It is No. 106 in the nation with 45 blocks and averages 36.25 rebounds per game.

Eastern Kentucky is built around Nick Mayo, as he leads the team in every major statistical category, including points, rebounds, field goals, free throws, field goal percentage and minutes. This has caused him to be a double-double machine, as he has three this season.

Marshall will meet EKU for the 43rd contest between the two sides. It dates back to the 1924-25 season and it was revived in the 2015-16 season, as it was the first time the two sides met since the 1994-95 season. This is the third straight year the teams will play each other.

Marshall trailed by as many as 16 points in front of 2,100 fans inside Paul S. McBrayer Arena before finally falling, 89-80, in a non-conference men’s basketball matchup. The Herd (5-2) nearly conquered its early-game doldrums by cutting the Colonels’ lead to 3 points, 78-75, with 2:34 left. That’s the closest Marshall would get down the stretch.

Marshall missed its first six shots of the game, but rallied to trail 39-38 at halftime. Four players scored all of the Herd’s points in the first half: Jon Elmore, 11; Ryan Taylor, 11; Ajdin Penava, 9; and Austin Loop 7.

MU briefly took the lead in the opening moments of the second half when Loop buried a 3-pointer, but EKU (5-4) took over from there. The Colonels, who defeated Conference USA’s Western Kentucky by 19 points in this building Wednesday, built its biggest lead to 16 points, 76-60, with 5:21 left.

Marshall finished with four players scoring in double figures: Taylor 19; Elmore 19; Allison 14; Loop 10. Elmore also added seven assists and three steals.

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