Goard said he simply wants to get back on the floor and help his team shake out of its funk, but he no doubt wants to go against Charlotte's Pierria' Henry once again. The two faced each other seven times in high school - Goard at George Washington and Henry at South Charleston, with Goard's teams holding a 4-3 lead - and played with and against each other in AAU ball.
Goard has all respect for one of the league's best point guards, but had to poke a little fun at him.
"We watch other teams in conference play [and] I can tell who he is," Goard said. "I'm laughing at some of the shots he's been taking. He takes some dumb shots."
The 49ers have four double-figure scorers, but one other weapon stands out lower on the stat chart.
Ben Cherry, a 6-3 graduate transfer, has started all 23 games, hitting 40 of 80 from 3-point range, an even 50 percent. To put it in another perspective, teammate Shawn Lester also has hit 40 3-pointers - but in 119 attempts.
And get this: Cherry missed his first nine of the season. For the subtraction-impaired, he's on a 40-of-71 binge.
Take double extra credit if you have identified Cherry as a former member of the Tulane Green Wave. He used the graduate transfer rule to play his final year in his hometown, and to get a lot more playing time.
He started four games in two-plus seasons at Tulane, all during an injury-shortened sophomore year. He averaged only 14.4 minutes last season and scored 13 in 32 minutes in the Green Wave's two victories over the Herd.
He could have a big night if the Herd's 3-point defense, yielding a 35.1 percentage to league foes, goes to sleep. Southern Miss' Neil Watson and Tulane's Jay Hook burned the Herd for winning bombs.
"He's a lights-out shooter," Herrion said. "He can really shoot the basketball, especially when his feet are set."
Herrion wondered how Cherry managed to get around Conference USA's transfer policy, which heavily penalizes transfers from one league team to another. A player wanting to do that would not only sit out a season, but would lose a possible year of eligibility. In Cherry's case, the policy would simply ban him.
So why is Cherry playing? Simple, as Charlotte coach Alan Major points out - Cherry arrived before July 1, 2013. That's the date the 49ers officially joined C-USA, so Cherry entered the program while it resided in the Atlantic 10.
Tonight's game is the first between the teams since Feb. 11, 1978, when the 49ers beat the Herd 82-71 at the old Memorial Field House. Marshall leads the series 4-2, and the Herd owns 2-1 records both home and away.
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