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Marshall C-USA opener Wednesday

Jan. 08, 2013 @ 08:23 PM

HUNTINGTON — It’s only about 80 miles from Athens, Ohio, back to the Marshall University campus, but the bus ride home Saturday seemed a lot longer to the Thundering Herd men’s basketball team.

Ohio had smashed Marshall by 37 points and everyone needed a lift.

Junior guard Dre Kane tried to provide one.

“The whole bus ride back I was talking to the team,” Kane said. “When we got back I was calling them. Telling them don’t duck your heads. We’ll be all right.”

Marshall’s record slumped to 7-8 in its final non-conference game.

A new season begins at 7 p.m., Wednesday, when the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (9-6, 1-0) plays Marshall in its Conference USA opener in Cam Henderson Center.

Tulsa got its conference season going Sunday with a 48-47 victory at SMU (10-6, 0-1).

Tulsa (9-6, 1-0)
at Marshall (7-8, 0-0)
7 p.m., Wednesday
Cam Henderson Center
General admission special, two for $13
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