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Western Carolina Travels to Former Southern Conference Foe Marshall

Sophomore forward Jesse Deloach earlier this season against Miami (Fla.)
Nov. 18, 2016

CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Western Carolina men’s basketball team hits the road for the first of seven-straight road games as the Catamounts travel to take on The Herd of Marshall University Saturday night. WCU is coming off a tough loss at home to North Carolina Central and will look to respond against a Marshall program who is 2-0 this season with wins over North Carolina Central and Morehead State. The Catamounts last traveled to Huntington, W.Va., in 2010 as part of the Postseason Tournament (CIT). The Herd came away with a two point victory in that contest after a pair of last second free throws.

Western Carolina (1-2, 0-0 SoCon) at Marshall (2-0, 0-0 C-USA)
Saturday, Nov. 19 | 5 p.m. | Huntington, W.Va. | Cam Henderson Center (9,043)

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The Last Meeting
Western Carolina88
March 16, 2010
Huntington, W. Va.
Western Carolina Drops Heart-Breaker; Late Rally Falls Short as Free Throws Lift Thundering Herd
Damier Pitts made two free throws with less than a second left after a technical foul to lift Marshall to a 90-88 win over Western Carolina in the opening round of the Tournament. WCU erased a 12-point deficit inside the final four minutes of regulation, tying the game inside the final six seconds before Pitts' free throws lifted the Thundering Herd to the win. -

Catamounts Versus Marshall
• WCU and Marshall have met 43 times on the hardwood with the majority of those meetings coming when Marshall was a member of the Southern Conference.
• The Herd was a member of the SoCon from 1976-1997 before moving on to the Mid-American Conference and eventually Conference USA.
• WCU is just 4-20 in games played in Huntington.
• WCU head coach Larry Hunter battled the Herd during his time at Ohio University when Marshall was a member of the MAC. Coach Hunter brings with him a 5-7 record against Marshall as a head coach including an 0-1 record as WCU’s leader.

WCU Versus C-USA
• Western Carolina is 15-41 all-time against the current 12 members of the Conference USA.
• The majority of the 56 games have come against Marshall but WCU has faced eight of the 12 members.
• Thirteen of WCU’s 15 wins have come against Marshall. The other two wins came one against MTSU and one against Louisiana Tech.

On The Road Again
• The game against Marshall marks the first of a seven game road swing for the Catamounts.
• WCU will travel to five different states for the seven games.

South Webster Connection
• Current Western Carolina assistant coach Brigham Waginger and Marshall senior guard Austin Loop are two of the top basketball talents to come out of South Webster High School in Ohio.
• Waginger led South Webster to its lone State Championship in 2006 as a senior. He averaged 18.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 5.3 steals per game during his senior season while being named Southern Ohio Conference Player of the Year.
• Loop averaged 17.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.8 assists per game as a senior. He was named first team all-district and first team all-state and was a participant at the SOC All-Conference Game and the district all-star game.
• Waginger played at Western Carolina from 2007-10. Known for his tough, hard-nosed play on the court during his four-year career at WCU, Waginger finished with 810 points including 27 double-digit scoring outings. He shattered the school’s career benchmark for steals by 64, finishing with 285 career thefts, well above the previous record of 221 steals held by WCU Hall of Famer, Henry Logan. His 285 career steals rank third in SoCon history.
• Waginger was named to the Under Armour “30-under-30” team as selected and released by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) in 2016. The “30-under-30” team is designed to highlight and recognize up-and-coming basketball coaches across the nation.