HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - It took a few minutes for all those newcomers on the Marshall basketball team to settle in and find their rhythm Thursday night in their first public appearance.
When they did, they put on a pretty good show in an intrasquad scrimmage. The 2,000 or so at Cam Henderson Center got to see gems like these:
"The lights come on and the fans are in the seats, it's different," said Herd coach Tom Herrion. "It's not a real game, but it's a different feeling in their bodies, the adrenaline. I thought we settled in a little bit, and we had a lot of good things."
Herrion set up the scrimmage with a 20-minute first half with "media" timeouts and a 12-minute second half, also with several timeouts. Some players switched sides a few times.
Elijah Pittman scored 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting, though he did clank a shot down the stretch. He was 4 of 6 from 3-point range, as both sides combined to go 14 of 35 from beyond the arc. He was unstoppable at times, giving his Black side at 13-point lead at one point.
"It's something I work on. There's nothing I don't do," Pittman said. "I'm known as a shooter, but you've got to stay consistent with it."
Canty and Taylor both had double-doubles in differing ways - Canty 16 points and 12 assists and Taylor 19 points and 10 rebounds. Canty had four turnovers and was 6 of 13 shooting, but threw some eye-popping passes.
Thomas had 16 points and six assists and Cheik Sane scored 14 on 6-of-9 shooting inside. The 6-foot-9 native of Senegal showed good moves and a good shooting touch, on or off balance.