HUNTINGTON - Marshall played like the team that had won four in a row, which Houston had done to move into second in Conference USA men's basketball's standings. The Herd forced the Cougars into 11 turnovers, matched them with 30 rebounds and shot nearly 59 percent from the floor. The Thundering Herd took down a team MU had never beat, 88-83, with just eight players dressed against UH Wednesday.
February 18, 2009
Head coaches Ken French of Rio Grande and Donnie Jones of Marshall had no idea who Marshall was going to play in the game at Huntington. Marshall had two players who left the team, plus Tyler Wilkerson is out for the year. Dago Pena is going to have surgery, and Tay Spann (back) and Shaq Johnson (ankle) were nursing injuries. Never fear, as The Herd won, 92-59, playing only eight players...
February 10, 2009
Marshall's aim to shut down Tulsa's 7-foot junior, Jerome Jordan, to have a chance to break a losing streak sitting at three straight and five of the last six. Marshall did that, holding the TU center to just eight points and five rebounds (in front of four or five NBA scouts at court side). MU even out-rebounded Tulsa, but you don't get points for boards, and Marshall shot awful in a 73-57 loss.
February 4, 2009
The weather in Huntington was awful for Herd fans, as an estimated 200,000 in the Tri-State were without power due to a severe winter storm dumping sleet and ice on top of 5-6 inches of snow. While the Herd was as hot as the weather in Hattiesburg, Miss. in the first half, the second half was so cold, shooting-wise, that Southern Miss got out to a big lead and stole a 84-79 win at home from MU.
January 27, 2009
Marshall started a two-game road trip, and the sixth road game in a month, in Orlando, Fla. at UCF Arena, hoping to build off the momentum of the SMU win on Wednesday. But Sunday, it was the Knights who made most of the shots, long and short, in a 87-69 win over the Herd. Marshall is just 1-9 away from Huntington, 1-4 in true road games and 0-4 against teams on neutral courts.
January 25, 2009
Marshall flew to Oklahoma with high hopes of pulling an upset on a team that was picked to challenge Memphis for the Conference USA crown. But Tulsa had let the Tigers steal a win on Tuesday when Antonio Anderson went coast-to-coast with just 4.5 on the clock to pull out the win. Marshall had its own hangover to deal with, now 3-8 in last 11 games after the WVU game, including a 69-50 loss to TU.
January 17, 2009
The annual Chesapeake Energy Capital City Classic, the 18th consecutive meeting of both men's and women's teams from Marshall and WVU in Charleston, saw the Mountaineers sweep both games for the ninth time since 1992 and third consecutive year. MU men's coach Donnie Jones is now 0-2 versus WVU's Bob Huggins while the Herd's Royce Chadwick, women's coach at MU, is now 1-7 with WVU's Mike Carey.
January 15, 2009
"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, I am the great and powerful OZ," said the not so powerful wizard in the movie of the same name. Likewise, pay no attention to the final score of West Virginia's men beating Marshall, 87-76, because it really wasn't that close. Marshall shot just 54 percent from the free throw line, committed 29 fouls and allowed WVU to shoot 53 percent in the win.
January 14, 2009