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The Parthenon: Thundering Herd routs Green Bay, stampedes to CIT title
At the end of each season, there are four NCAA Division I men's basketball teams that take home a piece of hardware.
Marshall ensured it was one of those teams with a 50-point second half Thursday night, using an extended run in the second half to defeat the Green Bay Phoenix, 90-70, to win the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament in front of a frenzied crowd at the Cam Henderson Center.
"We haven't played in front of a crowd like that since we played at Michigan State and Creighton," Green Bay head coach Linc Darner said. "It seemed like once they made a run in the second half we sunk into panic mode.
The Parthenon: Family, brotherhood bring men's basketball managers, team together
Marshall men's basketball co-head manager Danny Feck prepares to rebound a shot from one of the Herd's players during warmups prior to a Conference USA Tournament game against Southern Miss on March 14.
The strive and determination of team, family and brotherhood bond is the core of Marshall University men's basketball. The atmosphere is life-changing, and even a way of life for the Marshall men's basketball managers, the managers said.
The managerial staff consists of Calvin Covington, Parker D'Antoni, Danny Feck, Jacob Garnes, Cameron Molina and Ryan Thomas. The graduate assistants are
Patrick Herlihy and Milan Mijovic.
The Parthenon: Elmore breaks Marshall scoring record, Herd edges IUPUI
Marshall guard Jon Elmore (33) is introduced during starting lineup introductions before Marshall's game against Florida Atlantic inside the Cam Henderson Center on March 9, 2019.
Marshall's season will continue at least one more game, as the Thundering Herd defeated the visiting IUPUI Jaguars Tuesday night in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, 78-73, in front of 3,725 fans inside the Cam Henderson Center.
"Our MVP, besides Jon, was the crowd, and that lets you know you've got a basketball town," Marshall head coach Dan D'Antoni said. "They support this team and I want to thank them, from the bottom of my heart.
The Parthenon: Mercer earns career win No. 250 as Thundering Herd defeats Middle Tennessee, UAB at home
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Marshall head coach John Mercer watches his team practice in preparation for the 2018-19 season. Mercer is Marshall's all-time wins leader with 250.
At the beginning of the 2019 season, Marshall head tennis coach John Mercer mentioned having the youngest team in Conference USA.
The Thundering Herd, featuring four freshmen in its six-player lineup, is indeed the youngest squad in the 14-team conference. Age, however, did not make a difference in Marshall's two-game sweep of C-USA opponents Middle Tennessee and UAB over the weekend, with the latter of those two marking career win number 250 for Mercer, the Thundering Herd's 17th-year head coach.
The Parthenon: Thundering Herd's tourney run ends in first-round heartbreak
FRISCO, Texas - The Marshall women's basketball team's C-USA Tournament run came to an end Wednesday afternoon following a 64-56 double-overtime loss in the first round to the UTEP Miners at the Ford Center. The double-overtime game was the first one to occur in the tournament since 2006.
This was the first time since the 2016-17 season that the Herd has made it back to the C-USA Tournament.
"Credit UTEP, they got it done," Marshall head coach Tony Kemper said. "That was a very hard-fought game. It was very physical throughout. We just didn't have quite enough to get over the hump.
The Parthenon: Athletes of the week: Taylor Porter, women's basketball, and Shane Hanon, baseball
ABOUT TAYLOR PORTER
Class: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Louisa, Kentucky
Points Per Game: 12.4
Rebounds Per Game: 3.8
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
vs. FIU: career-high 30 points on a school record 10 3-pointers (10-for-12), seven rebounds, three
assists, one steal.
Marshall women's basketball player Taylor Porter shattered the Marshall school record with 10 3-pointers (on 12 attempts) on her senior day Thursday. With breaking the school record, this was also a career-high for Porter. Porter was named Conference USA Player of the Week for her performance.
The Parthenon: Elmore's engagement, double-double end regular season with Herd win
Marshall's senior day got off to a slow start Saturday in the Cam Henderson Center but the Thundering Herd rattled off the early nerves to defeat Florida Atlantic, 76-61, erasing a 17-point first half deficit in the process.
"Obviously (it's) a little emotional again," Marshall head basketball coach Dan D'Antoni said following the game, which saw his first full recruiting class, consisting of guards Rondale Watson, C.J. Burks and Jon Elmore, along with forward Christian Thieneman, honored before the game.
"We started out a little slow," D'Antoni said. "The first time out (the players) came over and I gave them some words of inspiration.
The Parthenon: Record-setting night propels Thundering Herd past FIU
The Marshall women's basketball team used record-setting performances Thursday from senior guards Taylor Porter and Shayna Gore to defeat the FIU Panthers in blowout fashion, 87-42, at the Cam Henderson Center.
"(Gore and Porter) went out with a blaze of glory," women's head coach Tony Kemper said. "They really like to play and love to compete. They like to win. They both brought tremendous crowds from Logan, West Virginia, Fort Gay, West Virginia, and Louisa, Kentucky."
Marshall set new school records with 18 three-pointers in a game and 10 Conference USA wins. Gore became the third player in Marshall women's basketball history with 2,000 career points and Porter broke Gore's school record for most 3-pointers in a game with 10.
ESPN.com: Ten things I like and don't like, including Chris Paul swagger
Time for some 10 things (plus a bonus item):
Paul's shooting hasn't come all the way around during the Houston Rockets' climb into the Western Conference's No. 4 spot, but he has his quick-strike swagger back:
What a freaking genius. Look at what Paul sees -- or at least what we can see of Paul's passing angle -- when he slingshots this baby to Eric Gordon:
Paul isn't as fast as he once was. He can't blow by defenders -- including big guys on switches -- as easily as he could even last season.
The Parthenon: Herd men's basketball prepares for high-octane rematch against Panthers
As Marshall prepares for its Wednesday night game against FIU inside the Cam Henderson Center, head coach Dan D'Antoni said he expects a high-scoring, fast-paced game.
"We are basically guarding ourselves," D'Antoni said.
"It was a great game here the first time. (FIU has) explosive guards. They play identical to us offensively and use the pick and rolls as their main thing. They spread the court and try to get up and down as fast as they can," he said. "It is going to be a fast game."
The Herd is coming off a wave of momentum, having defeated North Texas on Sunday 85-82 to extend its win streak to three, and D'Antoni said the atmosphere around the team is great.
The Parthenon: Herd women's basketball travels to ODU for final road game of season
The Marshall women's basketball team (15-12, 9-5 C-USA) aims to achieve one more win on the road Saturday in its final away game against the Old Dominion Monarchs (17-9, 8-6 C-USA) in Norfolk, Virginia. This will mark the last time the Herd will travel before the Conference USA Tournament in Frisco, Texas.
Marshall head coach Tony Kemper said that it is always tough to play on the road.
"We've been a pretty good road team this year," Kemper said. "Communication, we've stuck together well. We've been pretty tough and battled. Game plan wise, it's pretty much similar to what we did to (ODU) the first time.
The Parthenon: Herd men's basketball to open C-USA Bonus Play at Louisiana Tech
Middle Tennessee guard Antonio Green (55) watches as Marshall guard Jarrod West attempts a contested layup during the Thundering Herd's win over the Blue Raiders at the Cam Henderson Center.
Following a 12-day hiatus from basketball games, the Marshall men's basketball team is set to head to Louisiana Tech and North Texas once again to start out its last two away game series of conference bonus play.
Sophomore guard Jarrod West said that the days off from games has helped the Herd work hard during practice. West said that the rest has helped the team a lot as well as the pace of play and defense has been very locked in.
The Parthenon: Brooks-Harris, Dillon use redshirt season to improve on, off court
Marshall guard Jeremy Dillon (5) celebrates making a half-court shot at Herd Madness in October. Dillon is sitting out this season as a redshirt.
Not everyone can score 1,000 points or more during their high school basketball career and expect to receive an NCAA Division I scholarship to a top university. Freshmen Cam Brooks-Harris and Jeremy Dillon achieved this dream and found their fate at Marshall University under one of the school's most notable head coaches,
However, it was unknown beforehand that D'Antoni would sit both players out for one year known as a redshirt season.
The Parthenon: Herd women's basketball topped by WKU in overtime
Shayna Gore's game-high 26 points were not enough to lift Marshall to a win on Play4Kay day, as visiting Western Kentucky escaped the Cam Henderson Center with a 69-66 overtime win over the Thundering Herd.
"It's a tough loss," Thundering Herd head coach Tony Kemper said. "That one hurts. You have to give credit to Western Kentucky," he said. "They came in here and they came after us early in the game."
The Herd's offense found itself going shot-for-shot throughout the contest with the lead changing 18 times in the game with the Herd taking a one-point lead over the Lady Toppers into halftime.
The Parthenon: Herd men's basketball drops crucial conference game to UAB
Despite the Marshall men's basketball team having four players score in double-digits, it wasn't enough for it to conquer the UAB Blazers as it fell 77-68 Thursday night at the Cam Henderson Center.
The Thundering Herd dropped to 13-13 (6-7 C-USA), while the Blazers improved to 15-11 (7-6 C-USA). The Herd has lost four straight games and seven of its last eight games.
"Obviously I'm disappointed as heck," Marshall head coach Dan D'Antoni said. "Since I've been here, I haven't seen us this lackadaisical. Other than that, I got nothing to say."
Senior guard Jon Elmore led the Herd with 20 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.