Senior Day is one of those special days where fans get to send off guys who have represented their schools for the past few years, in most cases for four years. This year is a special season. Marshall fans get to say good bye to three players who have represented their program both on and off the court.
Senior Day was always a special day for me. Then one day a few years back it was Tre Whitted’s senior day. I don’t know what it was that changed my perception of senior days from that point on, but it did. It was the way he really seemed appreciative of his surroundings and the fans who were standing and honoring him.
Tonight, Marshall fans say welcome to the court, for the final time, three young men who will live in the history books for sometime to come.
Stevie Browning – Browning is a local boy from Logan, WV. He is one of the members of the vaunted “304 boy” crew along with Jon Elmore. He rose to the forefront with multiple back side alley oop finishes last season from Elmore. He has parlayed that into a career filled with points. A late season injury most likely prevented him from reaching the 1,000 point scoring plateau at Marshall in just two seasons. He heads into tonights game with 876 points. He also has 204 assists, which puts him at 23rd on the all time list playing only two seasons at the two guard position.
Austin Loop – Loop has a great story. He was a little known walk on from Ohio for former coach Tom Herrion. He rarely played as a freshman, and thought about transferring so he could play. Then arrived Coach Dan D’Antoni, and his world changed. Loop will leave school as the programs all time leader in three point field goals made. He also broke the 1,000 point marker this year…on a dunk!!
Ryan Taylor – The accolades are almost too many to type. Taylor will go down as one of the all time greats in school history, and at least in this persons mind, should have his number retired to the rafters. Taylor enters the game with the following numbers:
Points – 1,708 – Good for 8th all time, he is just 15 points behind George Stone for 7th in school history.
Rebounds – 951 – He is currently 4th in school history. He needs just 22 more to move ahead of Bob Burgess and into third place.
Assists – 286 – Taylor has spent his career playing the four or the five. He still has managed to go into tonight as 14th in school history in assists. He is ahead of such guards as John Taft, Tamar Slay and Tink Brown.
Steals – 107 – Tied for 20th with AW Hamilton
Blocks – 113 – Puts him at 7th all time in school history. In addition, his 44 this season put him tied for tenth in school history in single season blocks.
These three will definitely be missed. It has been sometime since there has been a group as special as these three.
Three young men, always and forever, Sons of Marshall…..
Good luck tonight, and this week as you make a run to break a 30 year drought and put this program back in the big dance.
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