Fan celebration planned before Marshall-WVU basketball game

Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Friends and fans of Marshall University are invited to attend the 2013 Capital Classic Fan Celebration before the Thundering Herd's annual men's basketball showdown with West Virginia University Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Charleston Civic Center.

The reception, which annually draws a large crowd of Herd followers, runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the South Hall of the civic center. It precedes the game between Marshall and WVU, which tips off at 7:30 p.m. Music, food, fun and festivities are guaranteed to all who attend the reception, said Nancy Pelphrey, assistant director of alumni affairs. The MU Alumni Association is sponsoring the event.

"The reception before the Marshall-WVU game is one of the best events of the year," Pelphrey said. "It is always packed with folks wearing their Kelly green. It's a spirited affair that we all look forward to attending before the big game with the Mountaineers."

Representatives from several campus organizations will take part in the reception, setting up displays and sharing information with visitors. Marco, the Marshall pep band and the MU cheerleaders will stop by to entertain those attending the reception. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and the First Lady, Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, are expected to attend as well.

A women's game between the two schools will be played at 1 p.m. at the civic center.

Marshall is 4-4 on the season after losing at Vanderbilt Thursday night, 69-67. The Herd plays at Penn State Saturday afternoon.

For more information on the reception, call Pelphrey at 304-696-3134.
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