Marshall Men/Women On Road Before Finals

Marshall University students will begin the age-old ritual of taking Finals this week, but the Marshall men's and women's basketball teams will have one more test on the road before getting a nine-day break for classroom testing. The Marshall men have a rematch with East Tennessee State in the "Mini-Dome" in Johnson City Tuesday, while Royce Chadwick's team is in Denton, Tex., for North Texas.

For the men's team, Tuesday's 7 p.m. contest serves as the second game of a home-and-home series between the two former Southern Conference rivals as East Tennessee State looks to avenge an overtime loss in Huntington, W.Va., on Nov. 20. ETSU, now in the Atlantic Sun, leads the all-time series, 23-21, and has won three straight, and 10 of the last 11 games, versus Marshall at the Memorial Center.


Markel Humphrey celebrated the win over East Tennessee State in overtime on November 20 in Huntington. Humphrey hit the game-winning shot just moments before. photo by Greg Perry/HI staff

Marshall (4-1) is fresh off its 69-56 win over Morehead State at the Cam Henderson Center on Saturday. The Herd held the Eagles to 34.5 percent shooting (opponent season low) and a 5-for-21 mark from 3-point range. Junior guard/forward Markel Humphrey (Atlanta, Ga.) recorded Marshall's first double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds, both game-highs. Humphrey and senior Mark Dorris (Cincinnati, Ohio) reached double-digits in points in 14 straight games, career-highs for both players. You can hear tonight's men's game, starting with the Huntington-area pre-game show at 6 p.m., on WDGG, 93.7 FM, "The Dawg," and ESPN 930 AM, WRVC, as well as the post-game call-in, the Herd Insider Sportsline, with Eliot Parker. The Thundering Herd/ISP Sports Network pre-game will fire at 6:30 p.m. on stations like WKAZ 107.3 FM in Charleston, WVOW 101.9 FM in Logan, WPMW 92.7 FM in Mullens and WDMX 93.1 FM in Parkersburg.


Marshall's Meg Withrow, shown last season against Maryland, will lead Herd against North Texas Tuesday night. file photo by Greg Perry/HI staff

Following the Sixth-Annual Fifth Third MU Classic, the Thundering Herd women's basketball team will travel to Denton, Texas to take on the University of North Texas at 8 p.m. on Tuesday night. Marshall is coming off of a 70-66 loss at the hands of the Pittsburgh Panthers in the championship game of the Fifth Third MU Classic. It marked the first loss for Marshall in the history of the tournament.

In Friday's tournament opener, Marshall took down Jackson State in dominating fashion, finishing with an 87-61 win. Alyssa Hammond and Kizzy Hart were the stars for Marshall in its two games and were each named to the All-Tournament Team for their efforts. Hammond finished the tournament with 31 points and 13 rebounds while Hart scored 20 and had five steals.

North Texas comes into Tuesday's game with a record of 5-4. In their most recent action on Saturday, North Texas fell to C-USA member SMU by a 68-62 score. Amber Jackson leads the Mean Green, averaging 13.6 points. She has also tallied 50 rebounds, tied for second on the team.


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