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Herd looks to stay hot against Chicago State

— By Bill Cornwell

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall looks for a fourth consecutive victory Monday night when the Thundering Herd plays host to Chicago State.

The game tips off at 7 p.m. at the Cam Henderson Center and will be shown on ESPN+.

The Herd (3-1) was an 86-67 winner over Coppin State on Saturday night in Huntington. Senior Taevion Kinsey flirted with a triple-double in the contest by recording a state line of 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Sophomore forward Obinna Anochili-Killen had his best scoring outing of the early season on Saturday and tallied a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Andrew Taylor chipped in with 14 points.

Marshall head coach Dan D’Antoni was pleased with his team’s performance against the Eagles

“That was a good ball club,”D’Antoni said. “They won three straight and took Georgetown to overtime at Georgetown. I thought we played well.”

It also capped a busy and successful week for the Herd, which defeated Tennessee Tech 91-65 on Monday and won at Miami Ohio on Thursday, 95-69.

Marshall faces a first-time opponent on Monday in Chicago State. The Cougars are 2-3 and coming off of Saturday’s 88-59 loss at Kent State. Earlier, the Cougars were winners over IUPUI and Valparaiso while losing to Northwestern and the University of St. Thomas.

Chicago State is one of two independent schools in Division I college basketball — the other being Hartford. The Cougars left the Western Athletic Conference after last season.

Gerald Gillion is in his second year in the Windy City after earlier serving as an assistant at Samford. He has a 9-28 career mark with Chicago State.

The Cougars have three players averaging double-figure scoring. Sophomore guard Wesley Cardet Jr. is the top scorer at 15.4 points per game. Sophomore guard Jahsean Corbett averages 12.6 points and senior guard Elijah Weaver averages 12.2. Corbett is the top rebounder at 8.2 boards.

The Cougars are struggling with their shooting at 39 percent overall and 32 percent from the 3-point arc. 

CSU has also been turnover-prone this season and averages more than 15 per contest.

After Monday’s game, Marshall gets a Thanksgiving break before another home game Saturday night against the Morehead State Eagles.

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