The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

November 28, 2012

Marshall to host Morehead State

HUNTINGTON — After a five-year hiatus, Marshall and Morehead State will resume their long standing men’s basketball rivalry tonight. Tip-off at the Cam Henderson Center is 7 p.m.

The Herd (3-3) is coming off an 89-82 win over Nevada in a game that was more one-sided than the final score indicates. Marshall never trailed and held a lead of 23 halfway through the second half before withstanding a comeback attempt by the Wolf Pack.

DeAndre Kane leads the Herd with 16.5 points per game. He has excelled at the point guard position with 9.2 assists per contest, the second-best mark in the country.

Marshall has gotten a lift from its junior college transfers, Elijah Pittman and D.D. Scarver. Pittman is averaging 15.5 points per game, while Scarver is at 13.7. Both have been productive from the 3-point line, combining to hit 24 of 59 attempts (41 percent) from beyond the arc.

Morehead State (4-2) is coming off a 73-67 win over Norfolk State Monday. The Eagles’ only two losses have come at Kentucky (81-70) and at Maryland (67-45).

Senior forward Milton Chavis leads Morehead State with 18.5 points per game. He has hit 55.6 percent of his field goals and is 13 of 26 from 3-point range.

Marshall leads the all-time series 49-44, including a 27-19 mark in Huntington. The I-64 rivalry is Marshall’s third-most played series behind Charleston/Morris Harvey (117) and Ohio (98). The Herd has dominated the series in recent years, winning 11 of the last 13 meetings, including a 69-56 win on Dec. 1, 2007, the last time the teams met.

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