Dec. 19, 2005
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Thundering Herd closes its four-game home stand with a showdown with non-conference foe Charleston Southern at Cam Henderson Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Marshall and Charleston Southern will meet for the first time on the hardwood Tuesday evening in the Henderson Center. All-time against current Big South schools, the Herd is 48-17, with a majority of those contests coming against former Southern Conference school VMI (32-15). Marshall is 3-0 all-time against High Point, 8-1 against Radford, 3-1 vs. UNC-Asheville, and 2-0 vs. Winthrop.
Charleston Southern is 4-3 heading into its first ever contest in the Henderson Center, with wins coming over in-town rivals College of Charleston and The Citadel, as well as wins over Asbury, and Erskine College. Swingman Dwayne Jackson leads the Bucs, averaging 12.1 points per game, while forward Trent Drafts adds 11.4 points per contest and guard Donnell Covington averages 11.1 points per game. Power forward Vernon Huger leads Charleston Southern on the boards, averaging 7.2 rebounds per game.
Marshall fell to 3-4 in 2005-06 after dropping a 73-65 decision to Appalachian State on December 17 at the Henderson Center. The Herd shot only 35.6% from the floor, its second worst percentage of the season, 27.3% from beyond-the-arc, and only 54.8% from the free throw line. Guard Joe Miles (Forestville, Md.) was the only Marshall player in double figures with 15 points. Miles leads the Herd in scoring, averaging 13.4 points per game.
After playing its first six games in 16 days, Tuesday's game against Charleston Southern is only the Herd's second in 16 days, and the last until Marshall plays at Furman University's Jack-in-the-Box Holiday Classic on December 29 and 30 in Greenville, S.C.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m., and the game can be heard live in the region on the ISP/Thundering Herd Network or on the Internet at www.HerdZone.com.