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Players, coaches share memories of hot times in Eddie King Gym


Of those who have spent hours of their hardest and most rewarding work at Eddie King Gym, the building’s eccentricities couldn’t easily be overlooked.

“It would get loud and hot. And hot,ȁ...

Hot-shooting Herd cruises by FIU


HUNTINGTON — Marshall won its fifth home game in a row, shooting an even 50 percent in pounding Florida International 87-69 Thursday night at Cam Henderson Center.

Austin Loop le...

Herd seniors sense renewed enthusiasm


Make no mistake about it: This long, often hard Marshall basketball season has been the most cruel to Shawn Smith.

The California native is approaching the end of his senior season, with home games remaining tonigh...

Green’s big buckets help Charleston hold off Notre Dame College


With nine lead changes already in the books, the University of Charleston needed a blue-collar basket to force a 10th and finally put Notre Dame College away.

That’s what the Golden Eagles got out of Octaviu...

Herd hopes to bounce back vs. UAB


The last thing Dan D’Antoni wants is for his Marshall team to keep lapsing into a “here we go again” feeling on the road.

It happened Thursday night in the Thundering Herd’s 90-51 nightm...

Herd, MTSU battling for position


Middle Tennessee has slipped into the middle of the Conference USA pack from its 2013-14 perch as regular-season quad-champion.

Or farther down than the middle — the Blue Raiders are in eighth place, a half...

Herd freshman Nikolic mastering language of point guard


HUNTINGTON — For college players hailing from foreign lands, the language barrier often poses tricky problems. For a point guard such as Marshall freshman Aleksa Nikolic, a native of P...

Marshall upsets WKU for 5th win in last 6


HUNTINGTON — The statement was delivered Saturday evening, at times emphatically: Marshall is a much, much better basketball team that it was a month ago.

Western Kentucky is the...

Rogoszewski rescues Hurricane down stretch


HURRICANE — After suffering a brain-cramped fourth quarter against Huntington’s cat-quick defense, J.T. Rogoszewski ultimately scored the single point Hurricane needed for a 66-...

WKU up next for rolling Herd


HUNTINGTON — If indeed Marshall is a better team than it was six weeks ago, the time has come to show it.

The Thundering Herd hasn’t fared badly in the past few weeks. It ...

Herd’s Kambola big contributor on offensive boards


HUNTINGTON — Of Marshall’s seven remaining regular-season games, five are rematches of earlier Conference USA contests.

That includes the Thundering Herd’s next bou...

Marshall baseball opens at Florida A&M


Don’t fret about Marshall’s baseball team as it begins its season today — the weather forecast is much better for its weekend series at Florida A&M.

It’s what February is all about i...

WKU brings hoops heritage to C-USA


Its latest results notwithstanding, Western Kentucky has shown itself to be a worthy final invitee to the modern-day Conference USA roundball dance.

When the Hilltoppers entered the league last July 1 as the final ...

Streaking Herd picks up edgy win over Mean Green


HUNTINGTON — During Saturday night’s bout between Marshall and North Texas, everybody was on edge.

That started early in the game, when the Mean Green’s Jeremy Comb...

Up-and-down North Texas visits Marshall tonight


HUNTINGTON — If you’re going to face a Jekyll-and-Hyde bunch such as North Texas, you might as well play consistently.

In other words, like Marshall played Thursday in its...

Defense carries Herd to 3rd win in 4 games


HUNTINGTON — Marshall’s quick, decisive throttling of Rice on Thursday night was even more impressive if you remember the Owls led much of the first half.

Eventually, the ...

Herd again taps Fla. pipeline


If indeed today’s football prospects “buy with their eyes,” Marshall had much to show them in this recruiting cycle, a lot more than even a year ago.

“Prior this past year, all we had wa...

Herd has chance to climb up C-USA standings


HUNTINGTON — If Marshall’s basketball team wants to hurdle a few teams and rise from its 12th-place shelf in the Conference USA standings, this is the week to make its move.


Herd hits south Florida hard again


Marshall has turned the spigot back on to its south Florida talent pipeline, and it kept gushing on the eve of national signing day.

Thundering Herd coaches already had a number of commitments from the Palm Beach/B...

Big 10’s 1st football visit to Huntington: Purdue on Sept. 5


It’s official: Marshall football season commences in 214 days, and Purdue will indeed be coming to town on Sept. 5.

That was scheduled well in advance, as well as the rest of the September non-conference sch...

Short-handed Jackets can’t complete rally


The small but loud crowd at the Walker Convention Center will never know if Markee Mazyck and Dimitros Jelen-Joy could have finished shooting host West Virginia State past Wheeling Jesuit.

Both were watching the en...

3 in a row won’t be easy for Herd


In this long, hard season, Marshall is in as good a shape as it has been to take on a Conference USA leader. It may not be near enough to take down Louisiana Tech, though.

The Thundering Herd, on a modest but welco...

Herd has history of 11th-hour recruiting pickups


Doc Holliday said in December that his Marshall football team’s recruiting was pretty much finished for the upcoming 2015 signing day.

Like most other teams, MU coaches are going hard after this year’...

‘Streaking’ Marshall, Southern Miss clash tonight


Just a week ago, Marshall and Southern Mississippi were sitting deep in the Conference USA standings dungeon, scavenging for a win somewhere.

Tonight, one of them will have a two-game winning streak, for they play ...

MEC basketball: UC seeking big win at Shepherd


After seeing a 12-point deficit melt away in a loss to Fairmont State, the University of Charleston pays a price of sorts in making the cross-state haul to Shepherd today.

It’s a big game at 7:30 tonight for...

Herd ends skid, dumps UTEP 78-71


HUNTINGTON — Marshall’s game Saturday against Texas-El Paso wasn’t even a minute and a half old when both courtside ad panels were plunked by ghastly errant passes.

St. Albans has strong showing at WSAZ wrestling


HUNTINGTON — All but dead not long ago, the St. Albans wrestling program is starting to throw its weight around.

The Red Dragons sent a message of sorts this weekend at the WSAZ ...

Poca boys defeat Sissonville 65-45


The offense of Class AA top-ranked Poca isn’t predicated on a single high scorer this year. In fact, coach Allen Osborne can rattle off five players who have led the Dots on a given night.

But Matt Chandler ...

Herd hopes Loop gets his looks


HUNTINGTON — Through 19 games, Austin Loop has made one-third of his team’s 3-point goals and is shooting 40.3 percent from that range.

His Marshall teammates combined are...

Hill’s hot hand helps USTA add to Herd’s woes


HUNTINGTON — As if Marshall needed any more insults on its not-so-magical misery tour, Jeromie Hill of Texas-San Antonio provided 36 of them Thursday night.

That was the number o...

West Virginia State, UC renew rivalry


The book on tonight’s University of Charleston-West Virginia State game is this: One team is pretty warm if not hot, while the other team has become more dangerous than its record indicates.

West Virginia St...

Herd looks to end slide tonight vs. UTSA


HUNTINGTON — As positive as Marshall coach Dan D’Antoni has remained during his painful first season, he knows this: You take your little victories when you can get them.

Good bounce helps Hurricane win


HURRICANE — You’ve probably seen it a thousand times: That desperation shot at the buzzer happens to have the right line and plunks the rim, but really isn’t close to goi...

Herd, Florida Atlantic seeking first C-USA win


There are three winless teams in Conference USA league games entering today’s full schedule. Not long after nightfall, there will be two.

That’s because Marshall (4-13, 0-4) and Florida Atlantic (7-8,...

Unbeaten Humphreys leads Winfield to the top at Putnam wrestling meet


HURRICANE — Bryce Humphreys can count the number of losses he has suffered since the beginning of last wrestling season on no hands.

The two-time Class AAA defending champion has...

Marshall looks to end slide tonight at FIU


Something has to give tonight when Marshall’s basketball team comes calling at Florida International.

For one thing, the Panthers haven’t won a home game in more than a month.

You can look it up...

Herd finishes in Top 25


The final validation of Marshall’s historic football season came in Tuesday morning, initially in the wee hours.

At about 2:30 a.m., the Associated Press came out with its final Top 25, with the Thundering H...

Elmore appears on Herd’s ‘doorstep’


The unusual aspect of Jon Elmore joining the Marshall basketball program is this: The first contact between coach and player took place at about 8:30 Monday morning.

That’s it. No letters, no text messages, ...

Catholic boys wear down Braxton


After polishing off Braxton County 66-47 on Monday, Charleston Catholic faces a tougher assignment tonight.

The Irish (7-2), sixth-ranked in Class A in the Associated Press poll released earlier Monday, head down t...

Another quarterback joins Herd program


It’s official: Marshall has a fourth entrant in its first legitimate quarterback competition in four years.

Chase Litton, a 6-foot-5 native of Tampa, Fla., followed through on his long-held commitment to joi...

Henry, 49ers hand Herd another loss


BRIEFLY: Loop’s scoring average jumped a point to 11.6. He has recorded five double-figure games in a row, scoring 78 points in that stretch and hitting 19 of 41 3-point attempts (46.3 percent). &...

Former SC star Henry returns for last visit with Charlotte


Pierria’ Henry, South Charleston High’s finest, remains one of the better defensive threats in Conference USA. As a 6-foot-5 point guard, he again leads the league in steals (33, 2.36 per game) and is on tr...

Marshall’s Payton picked for College Hall of Fame


Marshall’s wildly successful time in NCAA’s Division I-AA continues to be immortalized, with the latest development being the election of quarterback Michael Payton to the College Football Hall of Fame.


No. 25 ODU adds to Herd’s woes


HUNTINGTON — One team won its 10th game in a row and the other team lost its 11th straight to Division I opponents. The sleepy audience of perhaps 3,000 at Cam Henderson Center had no ...

WVU Tech pulls away from Shawnee State


MONTGOMERY — WVU Tech doesn’t appear to be a deep team. In its 75-62 win over Shawnee State, only nine players took the floor, six putting in 20 or more minutes.

But any o...

Herd home for No. 25 Old Dominion tonight


HUNTINGTON — With his team’s unexpected rise to the Top 25, Jeff Jones received a history lesson about Old Dominion basketball, and how far he has brought it.

“I had no idea Old Dominion had ne...

Marshall’s Taylor often drawing the line


Ryan Taylor remains Marshall’s leading scorer by a fair margin, as his 14.1 points per game is about four points ahead of the nearest healthy teammate, Austin Loop.

But those points have been tough to come b...

ODU cracks Top 25


If there were any doubt that Marshall’s basketball road is getting bumpier this week, the new Associated Press Top 25 dispelled it Monday.

The media panel’s latest poll lists Old Dominion, which has b...

Herd visits WKU in C-USA opener


This Conference USA thing is new to Dan D’Antoni and the first-year players on his Marshall team. But a journey to Bowling Green, Kentucky, is new for everybody on the roster.

The Thundering Herd opens its 1...

Struggling Herd’s task: Make postseason


Following Akron’s 70-63 win over Marshall, Thundering Herd coach Dan D’Antoni was asked to size up a Conference USA team that had beaten the Zips.

The local media wondered aloud if Middle Tennessee, w...