The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

March 16, 2010

Marshall claims CIT victory

Herd opens tourney with win over Western Carolina

HUNTINGTON — It was a nail-biter, but Marshall pulled it out.

Marshall claimed a 90-88 victory over Western Carolina in a CollegeInsider.com Tournament first-round contest Tuesday at the Cam Henderson Center.

The Thundering Herd improves to 24-9.

Damier Pitts hit two free throws with one second showing on the clock to give the Herd the win.

It was the first postseason men’s basketball game for Marshall since an 81-80 loss in the NIT to Virginia Commonwealth in 1988.

Western Carolina ends its season at 22-12.

Marshall led by 11 points with 2:39 left in the game. But a Catamounts rally that included two 3s in the final 39 seconds — culminated by a trey from Brandon Giles with six ticks left to tie it at 88-88, got Western Carolina back in it.

Pitts paced Marshall with 24 points. Dago Pena added 18, Darryl Merthie netted 14 and Tirrell Baines contributed 11.

Jake Robinson led the Catamounts with 21 points. Richie Gordon and Giles had 13 apiece with Mike Williams and Harouna Mutombo chipping in with 10 each.

The CollegeInsider.com Tournament is a single-elimination tournament, consisting of four rounds, with the first three rounds being played at on-campus sites, which are determined by seeding. The championship game will be played at an on-campus site to be determined by seeding. The tournament is in its second year.

Marshall is the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed.

Tickets for Marshall CIT quarterfinal game, set for Monday, will go on sale at 8:30 a.m. today for basketball season ticket holders who did not already purchase their seats for the tournament.

 Season ticket holders who did not complete the original order registration form to reserve their season seats for the CIT have the opportunity to do so by phone or by stopping by the Cam Henderson Center box office today only. This commitment will allow current season ticket holders to reserve their seats for Monday’s quarterfinal game and any additional games that Marshall could host in the CIT.

 Season ticket holders who completed the original postseason form have already reserved their seats for the remaining rounds and will be charged accordingly.

 Tickets will not go on sale to the general public until 8:30 a.m. Thursday. All remaining tickets not reserved by season ticket holders will be available for sale at the time.

 Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets by visiting www.HerdZone.com and clicking on the ticket link. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 1-800-THE-HERD of by visiting the box office.

 Tickets are $20 for lower bowl seats, $11 for upper chair back seats and $10 for general admission seats.

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