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Rick McCann: Eagles try for 1st win over Herd at the Cam

Nov. 27, 2012 @ 11:30 PM

Morehead State and Marshall’s Thundering Herd have been playing men’s basketball games for 104 years dating back to the first one on Nov. 27, 1908.

Marshall won the first meeting at home, 11-4.

They also matched up once in the NCAA tournament. On March 12, 1956, in Fort Wayne, Ind., the Eagles coached by Bobby Laughlin defeated the Herd of coach Jule Rivlin, 107-92 in a Midwest Region game.

The teams have met 93 times through the years, with Marshall holding a 49-44 lead in the series.

Marshall has not lost at home in seven games against the Eagles since Cam Henderson Center opened for the 1981-82 season.

And, Marshall has won the last 10 games against Morehead State played in Huntington.

Marshall won the last three times they played, including a 69-56 victory at home on Dec. 1, 2007

Markel Humphrey’s double-double performance of 16 points and 10 rebounds led Marshall to the win. Leon Buchanan scored 13 for the Eagles. Morehead State forward Kenneth Faried now with the NBA Denver Nuggets had six points and 10 rebounds.

Finally, they’re getting together again Wednesday after a four-season hiatus.

A four-year contract was announced in June with Marshall hosting this season and in 2014 while traveling to Morehead State in 2013 and 2015.

They’ll play for the Ellis Johnson Trophy, a traveling prize that goes to the winner.

Ellis Johnson, who died at age 79 in 1990, coached basketball teams at both schools. He had a 176-158 record in 15 years with the Eagles from 1936-43 and 1945-53. He was 68-80 in six Herd seasons from 1963-69.

The Eagles play in Ellis Johnson Arena.

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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