Men Cruise Past Glenville State 104-62

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall junior forward Travis Aikens led five Herd players in double-figures with 24 points to lead the Thundering Herd over the Glenville State Pioneers, 104-62, Saturday evening at the Cam Henderson Center.

The Herd jumped on the Pioneers early in the game behind four three-pointers in the first three minutes, with three of them coming from junior guard Tre Whitted, and never trailed after the initial spurt. Leading 30-24 with 8:05 to go in the first half, Marshall out-scored the Pioneers 19-4 to close out the half and took a 49-28 lead to the break.

Mark Patton had 8 points and 9 rebounds, including these two against Glenville State.

Marshall cruised the rest of the way, with Travis Aikens leading the Herd scoring effort. Aikens ended the contest with 24 points, nine rebounds, and one steal in 25 minutes of action. Sophomore guard Joe Miles, who did not play last week because of a sprained ankle, returned to the floor and fired in 12 points on five-of-seven shooting. Tre Whitted and Markel Humphrey each added 11 points, and last week's leading scorer, Mark Dorris, scored ten points to close out Marshall's double-digit scorers. Mark Patton had eight points and nine rebounds, and Chris Ross posted 11 assists on the night in 22 minutes of action, ten of which came in the first half.

"I felt better about our initial focus," said Marshall head coach Ron Jirsa. "I felt better about our team being alert when we didn't have the ball, and I liked our chemistry on offense. Now, we need to match that on defense. I like to focus on defense just because it is so important."

The Herd shot 53.3% from the floor, and 45.8% from beyond-the-arc, and also contained Glenville State to a 32.8% shooting night, and only 28% from three-point land.

Travis Aikens put in two of his 24 points against Glenville State on Saturday night.

"I had to get the ball to the open man and my teammates knocked down the shots," said point guard Chris Ross. "Our defensive intensity had to be picked up. All week we concentrated on that. If we work hard on defense, it opens opportunities on the other end."

Ray McKeithan scored 21 points to lead Glenville State. Deon Briscoe also added 12 points for the Pioneers.

Marshall opens the regular season Friday evening at Evansville, with the game beginning at approximately 7:20 p.m. central time. The Herd-Purple Aces game will follow an Evansville women's game, which begins at 5 p.m.

"I'm pumped for it (the season)," said Travis Aikens. "Our effort tonight was better than the last game. We did a lot of improving. Everybody backed everybody tonight."

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