Roundball Showcase to Continue for Men’s Basketball

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Entering game two of a three-game homestand, Marshall finds itself in a two-game losing skid after a pair of overtime losses. The Thundering Herd will look to right the ship against UNC Wilmington, Saturday, Nov. 23 at noon.

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In a game that saw eight ties and 12 lead changes, Stephen F. Austin pulled out an 80-73 overtime win on the road against Marshall, Thursday night, at Cam Henderson Center as part of the Roundball Showcase.

With a three-point lead, the Herd gave the Lumberjacks hope as a SFA shooter was fouled beyond the arc with 0.7 seconds remaining, allowing the ‘Jacks to tie the game at 67 before the end of regulation.

The Herd was unable to regroup as the ‘Jacks shot 4-of-5 from the field in overtime, including two from beyond the arc, while Marshall shot 2-of-10. When the final buzzer sounded, Marshall suffered its first home loss of the season, 80-73.

The Herd finds itself in the midst of a four-game stretch that is a part of the Roundball Showcase, which is a round-robin event run by bd Global, LLC. Participating in the showcase along with Marshall is Campbellsville, East Tennessee State, Samford, Stephen F. Austin, UNC Wilmington and Western Kentucky. The Herd also will host Western Kentucky (Nov. 26) as part of the event, then go to ETSU (Nov. 30).

Marshall’s two consecutive overtime contests, at Morehead State (Nov. 17) and vs. Stephen F. Austin (Nov. 21), are the first for a Herd team since 1980. Under coach Bob Zuffelato, the Herd defeated West Virginia on the road in overtime, Dec. 6, before returning home to fall to Davidson in double overtime, Dec. 8.

Marshall coach Tom Herrion has started the same five in each of the Herd’s first four games this season; redshirt freshman guard Kareem Canty (Harlem, N.Y.), sophomore guard DeVince Boykins (Forest City, N.C.), senior forward Elijah Pittman (Covington, Ky.), freshman forward Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis) and junior forward Cheikh Sane (Dakar, Senegal).

After scoring a season-low 21 points against Stephen F. Austin (Nov. 21), Pittman leads the Herd with 28.0 points per game. Pittman ranks fifth in the nation in scoring and first in Conference USA.

Through his first four collegiate games, Canty has collected 32 assists to lead the Herd. Averaging 8.0 assists per game, Canty ranks fourth in the nation and first in C-USA in assists per game.

UNC Wilmington makes the trip to Huntington after falling at Western Kentucky, 73-58, Thursday night. The Seahawks are 3-3 on the year with two of their wins having come on the road.

Leading UNCW in scoring is forward Cedrick Williams with 14.7 points per game. Williams ranks second on the team in rebounds with 6.2 per game.

Saturday’s matchup will mark the fifth meeting between the Herd and the Seahawks with the series tied at two. Marshall has won the last two meetings. The two sides last met, Dec. 1, 2012, in Huntington, with the Herd winning 61-58.

The Herd will conclude its three-game homestand against Western Kentucky, Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m.

GAME 5:  UNC WILMINGTON (3-3, 0-0 CAA) at MARSHALL (2-2, 0-0 C-USA)
Saturday, Nov. 23 -- Noon
Huntington, W.Va. | 
Cam Henderson Center
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