Still on the Road, #TheHerd Readies for Penn State

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Just two games into a four-game stretch away from home, the Marshall men’s basketball team will look to snap its two-game losing streak as it takes on Penn State, Saturday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. The contest will air on ESPN3.

In-game Twitter updates @HerdMBBresults and a recap from the night’s action will be available at

After falling behind by 13 points in the second half, the Marshall men’s basketball team was unable to complete a comeback as the Thundering Herd fell, 69-67, to Vanderbilt on Thursday night at Memorial Gym.

Freshman guard Kareem Canty (Harlem, N.Y.) finished with a team high 18 points on the evening on 7-of-17 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. The Herd forced 18 Vanderbilt turnovers and cashed them in for 29 points. Marshall finished the night shooting 40 percent on 24-of-60 shooting, while the Commodores shot 23-of-51 for 45.1 percent.

With 9.3 seconds left in regulation, Marshall had the ball out of a called timeout, trailing 69-67 with a chance to win or extend the game. Canty took an inbounds pass and drove the lane looking for a game-tying basket, but the Vanderbilt defense clamped down and did not allow the Herd to get a shot attempt up before the buzzer sounded.

Coming off a week that included overcoming a 16-point deficit to defeat two-time defending Sun Belt Champion Western Kentucky (Nov. 26), redshirt freshman guard Kareem Canty (Harlem, N.Y.) has been named Conference USA Freshman of the Week, the league office announced Monday afternoon.

This marks the first weekly honor in Canty’s career and the 11th Freshman of the Week honor in program history. The last player for the Thundering Herd to receive the honor was DeAndre Kane, who did so for the week of Feb. 7, 2011.

Over the two-game week, Canty averaged 17.0 points and 4.5 assists in 33.5 minutes. Against WKU, Canty ranked second on the team in scoring with 15, before scoring 19 and recording six assists in a losing effort to ETSU (Nov. 30).

Ranking sixth in the nation in assists per game (7.3) and ninth in the country in total steals (51), Canty has helped the Herd greatly from the point position.

Canty and Pittman were both named to the College Hoops Daily All-Conference USA team for the month of November at their respective positions, with Pittman taking home C-USA Player of the Month.

In its seventh consecutive year, ESPN's Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research began Tuesday, Dec. 3, across all domestic ESPN platforms. For the first time, the initiative will expand to two weeks to continue driving awareness of and donations to The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Last year, Jimmy V Week raised nearly $1.6 million, bringing the six-year total of contributions to more than $6.5 million.

"It's been 20 years since Jim Valvano's courageous words inspired us all to work tirelessly in the fight against this terrible disease," said John Skipper, President, ESPN. "Over those two decades, we've seen enormous strides in cancer research and treatment options - progress that comes as a direct result of Jim's vision."

Penn State is coming off of a 78-69 loss at Pittsburgh (Dec. 2) to kick off the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, after starting the year off winning five of their first six games.

The Nittany Lions are led by Tim Frazier who leads Penn State in both points (19.4) and assists (7) per game. D.J. Newbill enters the contest averaging 19.3 points per game. The Nittany Lions have done well taking care of the ball, averaging just 8.7 turnovers per game.

Penn State is looking to bounce back this season after going 10-21 last season, including a span of 14 straight conference losses.

Marshall enters the contest with a 0-5 record against Penn State. The two sides last met Jan. 16, 1992 in Huntington, with the Nittany Lions having won, 67-60.

The Herd will conclude its four-game trip away from home with its annual meeting with in-state rival West Virginia for the Chesapeake Energy Classic, Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on ROOT Sports.

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