The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

December 15, 2012

Thundering Herd to meet Bearcats today in Charleston

Cincinnati is the 11th ranked team in the nation, and will be looking for revenge on top of that.

To fight that off, Marshall will have to do so without the services of its best player.

When the Thundering Herd (6-3) takes on the Bearcats (9-0) at 2 p.m. today at the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum, junior point guard DeAndre Kane will be in street clothes instead of his No. 50. The Pittsburgh native is out indefinitely with an injury to his right (shooting) hand.

Kane is Marshall’s leading scorer at 16.0 points per game and is second in the country at 8.5 assists per game in his first season at the point.

He had nine points, five rebounds and 11 assists — off the bench — in last Saturday’s 69-63 win over Coppin State.

“We had 26 made baskets with 21 assists,” Marshall Coach Tom Herrion said. “We are being unselfish. We are moving the ball.”

Taking Kane’s spot will be Chris Martin. The sophomore who played at national prep power St. Patrick High in New Jersey is averaging 5.2 points and 1.2 assists per game. He made his first career start against Coppin State and went scoreless in seven minutes.

The Herd has three double-digit scorers in its starting lineup. Junior guard D.D. Scarver leads the way at 14.8 points per game, and is a 41.2-percent shooter from 3-point range.

Forward Elijah Pittman (14.2 ppg) is next, followed by senior forward Dennis Tinnon (11.4 ppg). Tinnon also averages 9.7 rebounds.

Center Nigel Spikes (7.6 ppg) is at 9.2 boards.

The challenge for Marshall now is obvious. The Bearcats present a significant upswing in talent from the first nine opponents of the season.

Cincinnati has used the same starting lineup all season, led by junior guard Sean Kilpatrick. The Yonkers, N.Y., native averages 20.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

Rounding out the Bearcats’ starting five are point guard Cashmere Wright (15.0 ppg, 3.6 apg), senior guard JaQuon Parker (11.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.1 apg), senior center Cheljh Mbodj (5.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.7 blocks) and junior forward Justin Jackson (4.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg).

Marshall upset Cincinnati 73-69 in overtime last season in the Queen City.

The game will be aired on CBS Sports Network.

— E-mail: gfauber@register-herald.com

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