"It was one of those nights where everything fell into place just right," Marshall senior J.R. VanHoose said. "Everybody got to play and everybody contributed. Hopefully, we can get this kind of production every night."
VanHoose scored 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting, and pulled down a game-high 18 rebounds to help lead a Thunderlng Hard offense that shot better than 57% from the floor. Not to be out done, Latece Williams, a 6-8 senior forward, knocked down 19 points, grabbed seven boards, and amassed seven blocks on the night. The senior from Rome, Ga., finished 8-of-IO from the floor and established himself early by scoring 15 points in the first half, helping Marshall race out to a 60-35 halftime lead.
Richard Wilson drives toward the lane against the Kentucky Cats ABA team.
"Latece Williams really dominated the game early on," Marshall head coach Greg White said. "After the game several of their players were commenting on how strong he was inside and that was a talented squad we faced tonight. I really thought they would give us a better game. Of course this was their first game of the year and you could tell they were a bit disorganized."
Worldwide's "Kentucky Cats" featured a strong contingent of former collegiate stars. Among them were former University of Cincinnati star Melvin Levitt , Xavier standout Gary Lumpkin, Tulsa's Dave Shelton, and Wisconsin's Sean Daugherty. Issac Spencer, a 6-7 forward from Murray state, paced the team with 15 points. Shelton added 13 points and 11 boards.
In addition to the strong play of VanHoose and Williams, the Thundering Herd got standout performances from Tamar Slay, Monty Wright, and Richard Wilson. Slay, a 6-9 senior guard from Beckley, W.Va., led all scorers with 23 points and dished out seven assists.
Monty Wright, a 6-4 junior guard from Oak Hill, W.Va, netted 15 points and recorded six assists, while Richard Wilson, a 6-4 junior guard from Augusta, Ga., put a double-double on the books with 10 points and 10 assists.
"Wilson has great vision and made a lot of plays tonight," White said. "Richard's a big strong kid who has played a lot of basketball."
Marshall will next face the EA Sports East All-Stars Thursday night in the second game of an exhibition doubleheader with the Thundering Herd women's team. The MU women tip-off against Salem International at 5 pm, with the men's game following at about 7:30 p.m.