Herd Faces First Road Test at UNC-Wilmington

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HUNTINGTON, WV Marshall will face its first road test of the season as it plays at UNC-Wilmington on Tuesday at 7 p.m.


Marshall (3-0) is coming off an 83-61 win over Northwestern State on Saturday in its most dominating performance of the season. Sophomore guard DeAndre Kane scored a career-high 26 points against the Demons and currently leads the Thundering Herd in scoring with an average of 15.7 points per game. Junior forward Dennis Tinnon added eight rebounds to raise his team-leading average to 8.7 boards per game.


The Herd will be looking to keep up the same stifling defense that has allowed just 51.3 points per game so far this season. Marshall has not only played lock-down defense, but has also dominated the glass outrebounding its opponents by 14. On Saturday, the Herd had 29 more rebounds than the Demons (59-30).


UNC-Wilmington (0-2) is coming off a 74-49 loss at Dayton on Saturday. It’s other loss was a narrow defeat at Maryland 71-62. The Seahawks are led by freshman guard Adam Smith and his 16.5 points per game. Over half of his field goals this season have come from three-point range where he is 7-for-15. Junior forward Keith Rendleman is the team’s leading rebounder at 10.5 rebounds per game. UNCW returns eight letterwinners from last season’s team that went 13-18 overall, 7-11 (8th place) in the Colonial Athletic Association.


UNCW leads the all-time series 2-0. The meeting resulted in a 58-57 loss in Wilmington, N.C. on Nov. 19, 2004. Joe Miles led the Herd with 18 points that night as a late 13-5 run by Marshall wasn’t enough. That night, Marshall lost despite outshooting UNCW 46.8-percent to 35.8-percent.


Tuesday’s game will also feature second-year head coaches. Marshall’s Tom Herrion and UNCW’s Buzz Peterson are both in their second seasons with their respective programs.


The game will be broadcast throughout the Thundering Herd Radio Network with livestats provided by UNCWSports.com.

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