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Men’s basketball set for Senior Night

The Parthenon

Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 10:03

The Cam Henderson Center will see Dennis Tinnon, Nigel Spikes and Robert Goff  for the final time in competitive action Tuesday on senior night against Conference USA foe Southern Miss.

The Herd is coming off a 103-76  loss to Houston on Saturday and  currently stands at a 12-17 overall record and 5-9 conference record. Southern Miss has won 4 of its last 5 games and is ranked 2 in the Conference USA East Division with an 11-3 conference record and 22-7 overall record.

The result from the first meeting between the two this season was one of the worst losses in Herd history. The Golden Eagles beat Marshall 102-46 in Hattiesburg on January 23.

“We’ve got to play at a much better level competitively,” Herrion said. “ Our Competitive nature is paramount. We’ve got to match their physicality and play at a high level.”

Only one of the seniors, Nigel Spikes, has played  his entire collegiate career at Marshall. Spikes said that there have been ups and downs, but ultimately he wouldn’t trade his Marshall career.

“There’s been a lot that’s gone on these past four years,” Spikes said. “I’ve seen and been through a lot, but it’s been good and I wouldn’t take it back.”

Senior Dennis Tinnon transferred from junior college and won a second year of eligibility with Marshall from the NCAA over last summer. Tinnon said he was proud to play a part in Marshall’s successes over the past  two years and  wants more in his time remaining.

“It was exciting to know that I helped us play a role to help us get there,” Tinnon said. “We’re struggling this year, but I think we still have a chance to get there and I’m going to do anything in my heart and  in my power to help us get these 3 or 4 games in a row to get in the championship game and beat whoever we need to play.”

Robert Goff was a fellow junior college transfer, joining the team along with Tinnon last season. Goff said that the emotions will be running high when he takes the floor tomorrow.

“There are going to be a lot of emotions,” Goff said. “I’ve been trying not to cry, but it means a lot to me.”

Goff also said that he never saw college basketball as part of his future.

“Growing up in Indiana, I never thought I’d play in college, ever. So, just being able to be graduating is an accomplishment for me,” Goff said.

Herrion said that even though they are all part of the same unit now, the journey of his seniors getting to Marshall was completely different for each.

“They all had to take different paths and  roads just getting here and then since they’ve been  here their paths have been  very different,” Herrion said.

Marshall is led in scoring by the combination of Elijah Pittman and DeAndre Kane, who average 16 and 15 points per game, respectively. Dwayne Davis leads Southern Miss in scoring with 14 points per game, but the team is led in minutes and assists by guard Neil Watson.

The game will be airing on CBS Sports Network, which moves the game from  the usual Wednesday night slot. Tip-off  of senior night is set for 7 p.m. in the Cam Henderson Center.

Kyle Gibson can be contacted at gibson210@marshall.edu.

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