The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

January 5, 2014

Marshall hosts Presbyterian today

BECKLEY — Mercifully, Marshall’s final nonconference game of the season will be played at home.

The Thundering Herd (5-9) will host Presbyterian at 2 p.m. today at the Cam Henderson Center. Marshall will be looking to erase a three-game losing streak.

The last two of those three losses have come on the road, where this year the Herd is 0-7, and a ridiculous 2-21 since the start of last season.

Marshall has had several close games but was unable to finish the deal. In Thursday’s 59-58 loss at Akron, Kareem Canty missed a layup with five seconds remaining, and the Zips held on despite missing two free throws with 2.5 seconds left.

Canty was almost the hero, but his desperation shot caromed off the front of the rim as time expired.

Canty, of course, has been the biggest positive in what so far has been a bad year for the Herd. The freshman point guard leads Conference USA and is eighth in the country with 6.9 assists per game. He also is in the top 10 in the league in scoring at 16.8 points per game.

Also averaging double figures for the Herd are freshman forward Ryan Taylor (13.3 ppg) and sophomore guard Chris Thomas (11.9). Ryan Taylor also leads the team with 6.7 rebounds.

Presbyterian (4-10), a Big South team in Clinton, S.C., has lost three of its last four.

Leading the Blue Hose are junior guard Jordan Downing (19.4 ppg) and junior center Russell McCray (12.1 ppg, 9.4 rpg).

Marshall begins C-USA play Thursday — on the road. The Herd travels to league newcomer UTSA Thursday and then UTEP next Saturday.

— E-mail: gfauber@register-herald.com and follow on Twitter@GaryFauber.

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