HUNTINGTON — Though there was not quite the hoopla for the Third Annual Marshall Basketball Alumni Game in 2013 as in 2012, when it was the final event held in the since torn-down Veteran’s Memorial Student Center, there was still a good game.
Last year, the Green team came up short, 101-98, when Russell Lee missed two three attempts at the end of the contest.
This year, the White — playing with only five players — rallied from 13 down at halftime and they tied the game on a last-second three.
Frank Martin, who along with Mark Patton led the White team back from a 36-23 halftime deficit, took the ball with about 25 seconds remaining and rushed up the right sideline with three defenders chasing.
Martin hit a off-balance 3-point shot to pull the White squad even with the Green team, 54-54.
The Green tried to rush a final three up but missed, and Mark Patton ended the game by nearly sinking a three-quarters court throw for the win at the buzzer for the White.
Marshall welcomed back about 25 former players for a preliminary game in the Henderson Center this year, before the Thundering Herd fell to UAB in the main game of the night, in front of a seasons-best crowd of 6,614.
About 100 fans and family members turned out for the 11 players who took the floor between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m., before moving upstairs to a reception in the Gullickson Hall gym where many of the players had physical education classes, intramural games and even some practices in their Marshall basketball careers.
Players in Green — Chad Barry, John Brown, Brian Faulknier, J.R. VanHoose, Adam Zimmerman and Chris Gray, coached by former Marshall assistant coach and administrator Charlie Hagley.
Players in White — Reggie Giles, Jesse Oglesby, Mark Patton, Don Perry and Frank Martin, coached by a former Herd equipment manager and local media personality Woody Woodrum, who was a JV manager for Coach Bob Daniel and his JV coach, the late C.J. Woolum.
Alumni who were introduced at halftime with the other players but didn't play included Nick Arvon, Dan Goheen, Josh Perkey, Ross Scaggs, Jack Trainor, Ray Frazier, George Lambros, Tim Meadows, Park Beam, Hughes Booher, Phil Carter, Terry Childers, Blaine Henry and Dick Wildt — whose son, Matt, was a former MU student-manager for Herd coaches Rick Huckabay, Dana Altman and Dwight Freeman, was in town with UAB, where he is an Associate AD, his first trip back to the Henderson Center for a game since the early 1990s.
The game was played with a running clock, with a 20 minute first half and a 15 minute second half.
VanHoose and Bronw led the Green in scoring, with Zimmerman and Faulkner hitting a share of threes, while Martin and Patton were the leading scorers with the White.
Here is the Herd Insider photo gallery of the Alumni Game, shot by HI’s Marcus Constantino
Green team bench includes (from left) Chris Gray, Adam Zimmerman, Chad Berry, Coach Charlie Hagley, Dan Goheen, George Lambros and Hagley's son.
Chris Gray puts up three for Green, while White team Coach Woody Woodrum and Dick Wildt take the game in.
John Brown throws up a two for the Green, while Mark Patton defends. Reggie Giles is also in shot in center, as is Don Perry in back, right.
J.R. VanHoose shoots the three for the Green.
Brian Falkner (left) runs through after pitching ball to teammate John Brown, trying to score over Reggie Giles and Mark Patton (right).
Chris Gray looks to drive as Jesse Oglesby comes out on defense, with Frank Martin coming up from behind.
Coach Charlie Hagley comes up with strategy with J.R. VanHoose, and bench includes (from left) Roger Adams (Marshall's team chaplin, in front of Gatorade coolers), Brian Faulkner, Dan Goheen and George Lambros.
Coach Woody Woodrum picks the "brain trust" of White assistant coaches Dick Wildt and Phil Carter, who are both celebrating being part of the Grand Alumni Class of 1963, with that class' 50th Anniversary coming up this year.
At halftime of the Herd-UAB game, Marshall recognized its basketball alumni, who took the court with youngster's from the Upward.org basketball leagues, who were part of the 6,614 in attendance, biggest crowd of the year. Former players from left are Ross Scaggs, Jack Trainor and J.R. VanHoose, who teaches and coaches girls basketball at Paintsville H.S.
Herd PA announcer Mike Kirtner of Kindred Communications has fun with the alums back for the Green-White game.
Brian Faulkner smiles as John Brown and Don Perry embrace after the game, as Matt Patton tries to catch his breath, left.
Brian Falkner and Rogers Adams mill about as Reggie Giles and Frank Martin celebrate Martin's three that tied the game, 54-54.
Jesse "The Wet Bird" Oglesby shoots over John Brown during the Alumni Game.
Mark Patton shows a little "passing fancy" move during the Alumni Game.
Mark Patton shoots a free throw as (left) Chad Berry and Don Perry get set as does (right ) J.R. VanHoose, Jesse Oglesby and Chris Gray.
Tre Woodrum (left) peeks around players as Mark Patton and Woody Woodrum share a moment during a timeout.
After all over, a couple of team pictures.