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Men's Basketball

Herd Faces WVU Sunday, King Tuesday

Dec. 13, 2014

WVU Game Notes

The Thundering Herd (3-5) travels to Charleston to play #21/22 West Virginia (8-1) Sunday in the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic and returns home to face King Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Marshall is led by Ryan Taylor's 15.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Aleksa Nikolic has a team-high 28 assists on the year, while JP Kambola (20-37, .541) has the top field goal percentage on the squad. Cheikh Sane leads the team with nine blocks and Austin Loop has been the team's top long-range shooter with 17 made 3-pointers. He also boasts a team-best eight steals.

West Virginia is led by Juwan Staten's 15.0 points and 38 assists, while Jonathan Holton's 8.0 rebounds per game, 14 blocks and 19 steals pace the Mountaineers. Daxter Miles, Jr. and Jaysean Page have hit a team-high 12 3-pointers and both shoot north of 40 percent (Miles-.400 and Page-.462) from there. Staten also leads the team in free throw percentage (38-49, .776), followed closely by Carter's .769 clip (10-13). Tarik Phillip has connected on a team-high .556 from the field (15-27). WVU won the Puerto Rico Tip-Off earlier this season. Its only blemish is a 74-73 home loss to LSU.

King, an NCAA Division II member, is 6-1 this season (it faced USC-Aiken Saturday evening). It has registered wins over North Greenville, Pfeiffer, UVA-Wise, Limestone, Tusculum (twice). Its only loss was to 23rd-ranked Lincoln Memorial. The Tornado is led by Logan Lyle's 15.1 points and 24 3-pointers. C.J. Good has also been a sharpshooter this season as he has connected on 51.4 percent (19-37) of his 3-point attempts. The team also shoots very well from the free throw line (76.3 percent). Mack Owens averages 5.3 caroms per contest. He (.529) is one of four players to boast a field goal percentage north of 50 percent (Drew Standifer and Shamaree Watts-.552, James Scales-.511).

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