Herd teammates made Senior Night for Merthie
Chris Lutz and Tyler Wilkerson added a touch of class on Senior Night for the Marshall Thundering Herd.
Lutz and Wilkerson were introduced and walked out with family members before the Herd game Tuesday against UTEP.
Darryl Merthie was the third senior introduced, but his mother didn't make it to the game from Florida.
His classmates left their place at center court and escorted Merthie out for his salute.
GETTING IT DONE: A tip of the cap to Marshall's Thundering Herd and its fans.
Marshall won 14 home games, a record for 29 seasons of playing in Cam Henderson Center. That mark gets an asterisk, however, because it was only the second time Marshall had 17 home games in a season. A total of 94,768 spectators filed through the doors, which was the most since the 1987-88 season when attendance was 127,389 at 15 games.
The Herd's average attendance for home games was 5,575, an increase of 703 from the previous season.
LONG AND LONGER: Marshall's three-overtime victory over UCF wasn't the longest game in Herd history.
Herd fan Clayton Cremeans has a good memory and thought there was a longer game. Cremeans researched it and found a Jan. 25, 1969, game between Marshall and Bowling Green that went to four overtimes in Memorial Field House.
Danny D'Antoni had 34 points in a 100-98 victory.
BANQUET: The Herd's annual banquet is set March 29 in Memorial Student Center. Senior players Chris Lutz, Darryl Merthie and Tyler Wilkerson will be the speakers.
A reception begins at 6 p.m. with the banquet at 7 p.m.
Corporate tables with seating for eight people are $1,000, which includes the reception. Individual tickets for the banquet only are $50 each.
Deadline for reservations is March 19. Contact Angela Orsini in the basketball office at 304-696-6460 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
NBA DRAFT: Herd freshman Hassan Whiteside climbed to the top of the NBADraft.net 2010 positional rankings for centers.
"Hassan Whiteside tops our center list," the report said. "He has already put forth three triple-doubles this year. While his game isn't as NBA ready as (Kentucky's) DeMarcus Cousins', he has more potential.
"His shot blocking and shooting touch give him a lot of intrigue, not to mention the fact that scouts have concerns over Cousins' maturity level."
Sports editor Rick McCann covers Marshall University men's basketball for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2759 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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