EL PASO, Texas - Marshall men and women had never won a Conference USA Tournament game on the same day prior to March 11, 2014, but at the C-USA Tournament, the Marshall men and women not only got the wins, they were the lowest seeds to advance in both tournaments and both teams bounced Florida Atlantic in the Owls first-ever trips to the C-USA Tournament.
This afternoon, the women took a big lead in the second half and held on for a 80-73 upset of the No. 9 FAU, and will play the No. 7 seed UAB on Wednesday at 1 p.m. EDT, 11 a.m. in El Paso at the Memorial Gym, UTEP's former home for men's basketball (back when the Miners won the NCAA Tournament in 1966 over Kentucky).
The Marshall men jumped to a big lead in the first half, then fought and clawed down the stretch to hold on to a 63-59 win over No. 11 seeded Florida Atlantic behind 21 points from sophomore Chris Thomas, getting a first win in two tournaments in El Paso. Marshall will face No. 6-seeded UAB on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. EDT, 2:30 p.m. in El Paso's Don Haskins Center, with an airtime of 3 p.m. EDT on the Thundering Herd/IMG Sports Network's flagship Huntington stations 93.7 FM, The Dawg, and SuperTalk 94.1 FM and AM 930.
Softball falls to No. 9 Kentucky, 6-2
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall softball (6-15) fell to No. 9 Kentucky (19-3) Tuesday afternoon in its home opener. The Herd was unable to overcome a five-run first inning from the Wildcats and lost by a score of 6-2.
Freshman Morgan Zerkle delivered a 2-for-3 performance for the Herd with one-out singles in the fourth and sixth innings and one run scored. Marshall will host its first Conference USA series this weekend when it welcomes No. 20 Tulsa to Dot Hicks Field. At Saturday's game, Little League players can get in for free, with their parents and siblings, and the Herd will sign autographs after the game.
The Wildcats got off to a quick start scoring five runs off of five hits, one hit by pitch and one walk in the top of the first, 5-0.
Glory Road game leads No. 16 Herd women topple No. 9 Florida Atlantic in first round of C-USA TournamentWritten by Woody Woodrum
Dateline: March 11, 2014
EL PASO, TEXAS - Glory Road, indeed, for the Herd women it was more like glory, glory, hallelujah, Marshall's women's team gets its first Conference USA Tournament win since 2009.
The Thundering Herd trailed by five at half, but in the second half hit their free throws, stopped turning the ball over and rebounded to a 80-73 upset win over Florida Atlantic in the Conference USA Tournament at UTEP's Memorial Gym, located on Glory Road in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday.
The Herd, the No. 16 seed in the league as the last-place team, will play at 1 p.m. EDT again on Wednesday, this time facing the No. 8-seeded Blazers of UAB. Marshall lost to UAB back on Jan. 11, 63-57, at the Cam Henderson Center.
The Herd is the first 16 seed in league history, and the first to advance, and before today only No. 12 USF had won a first round game, as the low seed of the tourney, against No. 5 DePaul in 2000 (82-69) and is the only other last seeded team in a C-USA Tournament game (since 1996) to advance out of the first round.
IRVING, Texas - All-Conference USA first-team selection Chad Frazier of UAB, UTEP freshman Vince Hunter and the Louisiana Tech duo of Kenneth "Speedy" Smith and Kenyon McNeail received the 2013-14 Conference USA specialty awards, and a pair of Marshall first year players are honored by C-USA as well.
Marshall's Kareem Canty and Ryan Taylor were named to the All-Conference USA Freshman team, joined by Hunter of the Miners and Florida Atlantic guard Marquan Botley, Rice forward Sean Obi and Tulane guard Jonathan Stark.
Canty, named on Monday to the C-USA All-Conference Third Team, is fifth in scoring in the league with 16.4 points per game, is third in assists per game at 5.71 (and second in most assists with 177), is seventh in three point field goals per game (2.03) and is 12th in assist-to-turnover ration (1.51).
He is the sixth Marshall player named to either the second or third team (none on first team) since Marshall joined the league in 2005-06, and the first on the third team since point guard Damier Pitts was named in 2012. He and Taylor are the first Marshall freshmen to be named to the All-Freshman team in C-USA since Damier Pitts was named in 2009, and Taylor and Canty are now just the sixth and seventh MU players to be named to the All-Frosh team in C-USA and the 21st and 22nd players from Marshall named all-time (five each previously in C-USA since 2006, three in the Mid-American Conference from 1998-2005 and 12 in the Southern Conference from 1978-1997).
HUNTINGTON – There’s something about Clint Wilson that makes you figure if he faces a no-outs, bases-loaded situation in the late innings, it’s not going to faze him.
Actually, there’s a lot about the Marshall right-hander that makes you figure that.
About eight years ago, Wilson was paralyzed from the neck down in a wrestling accident. He spent part of his eighth grade year in a wheelchair. He was told he couldn’t play sports again.
Women's game - Game 30: Marshall (10-19, 3-13 C-USA) vs. Florida Atlantic (16-13, 6-10 C-USA), Tuesday, March 11 | 1 p.m. EDT, El Paso, Texas, Memorial Gym (5,200) - first three rounds at Memorial Gym, while the Don Haskins Center (12,000) will host women's semi-finals and finals, along with all men's games.
EL PASO, Texas – Less than two weeks after meeting in Huntington, Marshall (10-19, 3-13) will face Florida Atlantic (16-13, 6-10) in the first round of the Conference USA Women’s Basketball Championship, Tuesday, in El Paso, Texas. Tip is set for 1 p.m. ET in Memorial Gym. Fans can watch the game on the pay site for Conference USA Digital Network, or follow by going to HerdZone.com and clicking on Gametracker for free.
HAVE YOU HERD?
In a stirring comeback in the regular-season finale and last Henderson Center appearance for seniors Orlandria Williams, Erica Woods and Suporia Dickens. Marshall rallied from a 13-point deficit with 15:45 to play to top UTSA in overtime, 81-76, on March 5. Marshall had four scorers in double figures, including junior post player Chukwuka Ezeigbowho had her second double-double of the season with 14 rebounds and 12 points. She also had a Herd season-high six blocks - matching the individual high in a C-USA game this season -- and made her last six free throws when they counted most.
It was Marshall's first overtime win since Dec. 2, 2010, a 64-61 double-OT triumph over George Washington at the Henderson Center. It also was only the Herd's second win this season after trailing at halftime in 14 games. The other was a 71-56 home win over Wofford on Dec. 19, after trailing 25-23.