MU alumni return for game
HUNTINGTON -- In fitting fashion, the Marshall Men's Basketball Alumni Game ended in a tie.
Frank Martin took the balll with about 25 seconds remaining and rushed up the right sideline with three defenders chasing to hit a 3-point shot that pulled the White squad even with the Green team, 54-54.
Marshall welcomed back about 25 former players for a preliminary game in Cam Henderson Center before the Thundering Herd met UAB in the main event. Attendance for the alumni game was about 50 spectators.
Players in Green were Chad Barry, John Brown, Brian Faulknier, J.R. VanHoose, Adam Zimmerman and Chris Gray while the White side had Reggie Giles, Jesse Oglesby, Mark Patton, Don Perry, Dick Wildt and Frank Martin.
Alumni who attended, but didn't play included Nick Arvon, Dan Goheen, Josh Perkey, Ross Scaggs, Jack Trainor, Ray Frazier, George Lambros, Tim Meadows, Park Beam, Hughes Booher, Phil Carter, Terry Childers and Blaine Henry.
The game was played with a running clock and began with a pretty good tempo, but by about five minutes in had slowed to a walk.
"It hurts to breathe," VanHoose said at halftime.
Martin and Patton led the White squad to an early advantage, but VanHoose made a couple 3-pointers to keep his squad in it.
VanHoose swished a pair of free throws and the Green led, 54-51, before Martin tied it at the end.