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Rick McCann: Martin decides to leave Marshall

Mar. 16, 2013 @ 12:24 AM

TULSA, Okla. -- Sophomore guard Chris Martin has left the Marshall University men's basketball program.

Martin informed head coach Tom Herrion of his intention to transfer after the spring semester.

"Chris is a terrific young man." Herrion said. "We thank him for his contributions to our program over the past two years and wish him all the best in his future."

In two ThunderingHerd seasons the 6-foot Martin from Upper Marlboro, Md., appeared in 41 games and averaged 2,3 points.

He got in 23 games this season with starting assignments against Coppin State and Cincinnati and averaged 15.1 minutes per game.

Martin struggled with his shooting as a sophomore, going 15-for-56 on 3-point attempts and making only nine of 20 free throws while scoring 3.1 points a game.

MOVIN' ON UP: Marshall guard Dre Kane is one of only three Marshall players in history to rank in the Thundering Herd career Top 20 in scoring and Top 10 in assists. He joins Skip Henderson and Damier Pitts in that exclusive group.

Kane graduates in May and indicated he has some serious thinking to do before deciding whether to use his final year of eligibility at Marshall or at another school.

Following are some of Kane's accomplishments and where he stands in the Herd record book:

Points: 1,486, 15th.

Assists: 432, 8th.

Steals: 129, 10th.

Free throws made: 337, T-10th.

3-point field goals: 111, 16th.

Field goals made: 524, 16th.

Field goals attempted: 1,263, 9th.

TURNSTILE COUNT: Wednesday attendance for the C-USA first round session of three games that included Tulane beating Marshall in the nightcap was announced as 5,743 in the BOK Center that seats about 17,000.

Thursday quarterfinal sessions with two games in each drew crowds of 5,976 and 7,050.

HE'S PRETTY BIG: Nigel Spikes took at least one good memory away from his final conference tournament.

Spikes participated in a "School Is Cool" pep rally at Emerson Elementary School where some men's and women's players from conference teams gave some study tips and answered questions from the kids before signing autographs.

The 6-foot-10 Spikes said he was asked how tall he was, "At least 50 times."

He fired back with, "How tall do you think I am?"

"One said 8-foot-10," Spikes said, "and then someone told me I was 11 feet tall. ... so pretty much way off."

All of the elementary schools in Tulsa were expected to attend at least one game of the tournament. Tickets were donated by C-USA's corporate sponsors.

SAYING GOODBYE: Veteran college basketball official Ted Hillary was saluted Thursday night before he called the Tulsa-East Carolina game.

It was the 64-year-old Hillary's final game in an officiating career that began in 1976. He called more than 2,500 games in C-USA, the Mid-American Conference, the Big 10 and many other leagues.

He was chosen to work the NCAA Final Four in 2004, 2001, 1994 and 1989.

MYSTERY MAN: Marshall's roster printed on the media flip card had a player identified as Michael Craig, a 6-5, 230-pound junior from Phoenix, Ariz., in jersey No. 44. Craig plays for Southern Miss, not Marshall.

Sports editor Rick McCann covers Marshall men's basketball for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2759 or hedge@herald-dispatch.com.

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