"Madness" Begins Basketball At Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - LaVar Carter led both teams in scoring in the Thundering Herd Madness scrimmage with 14 points and sophomore guard Mark Dorris captured the Slam Dunk Contest to cap an exciting beginning for Marshall basketball in 2005-06 on Friday night at the Henderson Center...

Marshall, which had only nine healthy players on the roster, called on former guard Enoch Bunch, who was in attendance for Homecoming festivities, to be the tenth player in the scrimmage. Carter led the Green team with 14 points, while newcomer Chris Ross led the White with 10 points. Senior center Mark Patton did not participate in Friday's practice due to a death in the family.

Markel Humphrey went airborne during the slam dunk competition. Mark Dorris won the competition.

The scrimmage, which was divided into two eight minute halves with a running clock, ended in a 26-26 tie when the Green team made a furious comeback after falling behind early.

In the slam dunk contest earlier in the night, Dorris beat out Travis Aikens, Markel Humphrey, and Mason Wooldridge for the title.

"This is a new experience for our team, because we've got so many new players," said Marshall head coach Ron Jirsa. "Every time I see the team with the lights on, I get excited to get started with practice and the season."

Mark Dorris drove against Joe Miles during the scrimmage at the annual 'Madness' practice on Friday night. The scrimmage ended in a 26-26 tie.

A crowd of around 1,500 showed up to root on the Herd in its first practice. The crowd did not go unnoticed by Jirsa.

"I've been visiting University 101 classes and I want to work with the student body to come together to get a much more unified game atmosphere and I've gotten a great response," said Jirsa. "I've gotten to know cheerleaders, band members, student workers, and I've met a lot of quality people. If our students would come down for one game, I think they would be hooked."

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