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Marshall freshmen dominate awards

Jan. 28, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall Thundering Herd players are putting a lock on Conference USA men's basketball Freshman of the Week awards.

Ryan Taylor was chosen Monday by a conference media panel as Freshman of the Week for the second time in January. Kareem Canty was selected three consecutive weeks in December.

Marshall players have claimed five of the 12 freshman awards this season.

"It's great," Marshall head coach Tom Herrion said when informed about Taylor's recognition. "That's the future."

Taylor stayed on the court last week and that opened the door for the award. He averaged 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in a victory at Rice and a loss at Louisiana Tech

The 6-foot-5 forward has fouled out seven times this season, including the last three of four games before Marshall embarked on a C-USA swing to Rice and Louisiana Tech.

He scored 18 and had eight rebounds Thursday while playing for a season-high 33 minutes against Rice. In the loss Saturday at Louisiana Tech he had 17 points and 11 rebounds in 27 minutes in his sixth double-double performance of the season.

Taylor is second on the Marshall team and ranked 14th in C-USA for scoring with a 13.9 average while leading the Herd and ranking 12th in conference rebounds at 7.5 per game. He's also the league's 12th-best field goal shooter at 91-for-168 for 54.2 percent.

Canty's 16.7 points average leads Marshall and is sixth in C-USA. He's sixth nationally with 6.4 assists per game.

The Herd point guard who is playing for 36.3 minutes a game collected the conference freshman award Dec. 2, 9 and 16.

C-USA FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

Nov. 11: Matt Willms, UTEP

Nov. 18: Jonathan Stark, Tulane

Nov. 25: Sean Obi, Rice

Dec. 2: Kareem Canty, Marshall

Dec. 9: Kareem Canty, Marshall

Dec. 16: Kareem Canty, Marshall

Dec. 23: Jonathan Stark, Tulane

Dec. 30: Vince Hunter, UTEP

Jan. 6: Ryan Taylor, Marshall

Jan. 13: Jonathan Stark, Tulane

Jan. 20: Vince Hunter, UTEP

Jan. 27: Ryan Taylor, Marshall

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