Men's Basketball

Herd Set to Open Season vs. South Carolina State

Nov. 7, 2013

Friday, Nov. 8 -- 7 p.m.
Huntington, W.Va. | Cam Henderson Center
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Game Notes

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - As chemistry continues to form among the 14-man roster, the Marshall men's basketball team will look to start of the season with a win as the Thundering Herd will open the regular season against South Carolina State on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Cam Henderson Center.

General admission tickets for the opener are $10 and can be purchased by going to or by calling 800-THE-HERD. The game can be viewed and heard online via Herd All-Access by going to A Herd All-Access subscription for the season is $9.95 per month or $79.95 for one year.

In-game Twitter updates @HerdMBB, results and a recap from the night's action will be available at

In a game that had five Herd players score in double figures, freshman Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis, Ind.) led the way with a double-double en route to a 94-60 win over Concord at Cam Henderson Center, Oct. 28.

Coach Tom Herrion played 12 of the 14 on the Marshall roster, including eight newcomers, as the team shot 54.1 percent from the field and outrebounded the Mountain Lions by 23.

Herrion will look for his squad to improve its effort from the charity stripe as Marshall went 22-of-38 from the free throw line for 57.9 percent. Entering 2013-14 with just 26 percent of last season's point production returning, the exhibition showed that several of the nine newcomers know how to score the basketball against opposing defenses.

Marshall has nine newcomers, with five returning lettermen (DeVince Boykins, Elijah Pittman, JP Kambola, Tamron Manning and Yous Mbao) and one returning starter (Pittman).

The Herd looks to improve upon its 13-19 overall record from last season and 6-10 mark in Conference USA play. Pittman (Covington, Ky.), a senior forward, was named a C-USA Men's Basketball Preseason Player to Watch entering the season, along with being named a C-USA preseason first teamer by College Sports Madness at his position. Also receiving a College Sports Madness C-USA preseason nod was redshirt freshman Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis), who was named Freshman of the Year.

The new nine are Shawn Smith (Sacramento, Calif.), Kareem Canty (Harlem, N.Y.), Chris Thomas (Denver), Kevin McNair (Atlanta), Cheikh Sane (Dakar, Senegal), TyQuane Goard (Roxboro, N.C.), Justin Edmonds (Albion, Mich.). The group of newcomers is made up of four transfers, four freshmen, one sophomore and three juniors.

On July 1,
East Carolina, Marshall, Rice, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB and UTEP welcomed eight institutions to Conference USA: charter member Charlotte, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion and UTSA. With the addition of those schools, former members Houston, Memphis, SMU and UCF departed the league for the newly formed American Athletic Conference.

A new $156,500 hardwood floor was installed at Cam Henderson Center in late September, replacing the old floor which had been in place for the past 15 years. The new floor is from Robbins Sports Surfaces in Cincinnati, the same firm that has built and designed floors for Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana, Michigan and numerous NBA teams, including the Heat, Knicks, Cavaliers and Spurs.

Marshall is one of seven Conference USA schools that will play on a new surface this season. The others are UAB, Florida Atlantic, FIU, Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion and UTEP.

From Aug. 16-20, the Herd bused around Canada for five games in five days, covering 1,225 miles on the six-day journey. Marshall returned to Huntington with a flawless 5-0 record to show for the trip. Marshall was led by redshirt freshman point guard Kareem Canty (Harlem, N.Y.), who averaged 18.8 ppg and 5.3 apg, while Pittman added 16.4 ppg and 7.4 rpg for the Herd. With chances for newcomers to gain experience, transfer forward TyQuane Goard (Roxboro, N.C.) was a significant contributor as he recorded 10.4 ppg and 7.0 rpg on the trip.

South Carolina State also is looking to improve after a rough 2012-13 season as the Bulldogs posted an overall record of 6-24, and 2-14 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play. S.C. State returns four of its starters from last season with five newcomers joining the team.

Having played Claflin in an exhibition contest on Monday, the Bulldogs won 67-57 as sophomore forward Daryll Palmer led the way with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Bulldogs lead the series 1-0, winning 71-66, on Dec. 29, 2005 at the Jack In The Box Holliday Classic in Greenville, S.C.

Marshall will return to Cam Henderson Center after the weekend to take on NAIA member Rio Grande on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.

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