GAME NOTES: The Morehead State Eagles pay a visit to the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, West Virginia to take on the Marshall Thundering Herd in a non- league clash.
Morehead State is coming off Monday's 73-67 win over Norfolk State, the team's third victory over its last four tries. The lone setback in that span was a tightly-contested 81-70 road loss at No. 8 Kentucky last Wednesday. First-year head coach Sean Woods was suspended for Monday's game for shoving Devon Atkinson after the senior point guard fouled out with about six minutes to play in Wednesday's close battle with Kentucky.
Marshall picked up a much-needed 89-82 win over Nevada this past Saturday. The Thundering Herd had dropped three of their previous four entering that game, including a double-overtime loss to Hofstra and a one-point setback to South Dakota State in the 2K Sports Classic in Hempstead, New York. Saturday's game kicked off a stretch that will see the Herd play seven straight in the state of West Virginia.
Marshall holds a 49-44 edge in the all-time series between these once fierce rivals. However, this marks the first meeting between the two schools since the 2007-08 season.
Junior guard Jarrett Stokes hit a long 3-pointer with 27 seconds remaining in Monday's contest to put Morehead State ahead for good. Prior to that shot falling, Stokes had gone just 4-of-23 from beyond the arc. To his credit, he was not gun shy when the Eagles needed a big bucket with time winding down. MSU rallied back from a 54-46 deficit with a 9-0 run to take a one-point lead, and that lead would change hands 11 times over the game's final six minutes. Milton Chavis recorded a double-double with a team-high 19 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Maurice Lewis-Briggs added 12 points and nine rebounds, while Stokes and Kahlil Owens (seven rebounds) finished with 11 points apiece. On the season, Chavis paces the squad with 18.5 ppg to go along with 5.2 rebounds. Lewis-Briggs is next in line with 9.8 ppg and 5.2 rpg.
Marshall shot a season-best 51.6 percent from the floor in Saturday's win over Nevada. Defensively, the Herd held the Wolf Pack to 7-of-23 shooting (.304) in the first half en route to a 40-24 halftime advantage. Marshall shot 57.1 percent from the field in the second half, but a 17-of-34 effort from the foul line (.500) left the door open for Nevada to hang around. The Wolf Pack went on a 16-3 run in the second half to cut the deficit to 85-80 with just under a minute to play in regulation, but that was as close as they got the rest of the way. Dennis Tinnon paced four Marshall players in double figures with 24 points in the win, while junior college transfer Elijah Pittman scored 22. Through six games at the Division I level, Pittman is averaging 15.5 points on 56-percent shooting and has knocked down 22-of-25 free throws. DeAndre Kane leads the team with 16.5 ppg, while two others are also averaging double figures.
Had a couple of bounces gone their way, the Herd could very well be 5-1 entering this stretch of home games. Look for Marshall to build on Saturday's victory with another solid all-around effort in front of the hometown faithful.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Marshall 79, Morehead State 69
11/28 10:34:29 ET
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