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Pittman, Scarver play big in Capital Classic

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Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012

Updated: Thursday, December 6, 2012 00:12


Marcus Constantino | The Parthenon

Marshall junior forward Elijah Pittman makes a two-point shot during the first half of the NCAA men’s basketball game between the Marshall Thundering Herd and the West Virginia University Mountaineers at the Charleston Civic Center on Wednesday in Charleston.

For years upon years, on a Wednesday night in the Charleston Civic Center, Marshall University and West Virginia University have done battle on the hardwood. Wednesday night was the first for the Thundering Herd’s Elijah Pittman and D.D. Scarver.

Both players finished their first Capital Classic game with double digit scoring and seemed unfathomed by the 11, 512 fans who filled the seats of the Civic Center.

Scarver shot 5-13 from the field, 4-8 from three-point range and finished with a team high 17 points. Pittman shot an effective 6-9 from the field and 4-7 from beyond the arc. Pittman and Scarver combined for 33 of the teams 59 points. The two may have missed a few shots, but neither player forced a shot and played within the offense.

On the season Pittman is a shade under 54 percent from the field and Scarver at 40 percent. Those a pretty good numbers for players who shoot quite a few jumpers.

Pittman said after the game that the atmosphere was a first for him.

“It was loud, really loud,” Pittman said. “They’re a good team, physical and strong. It was fun for me.”

Pittman was injured in the first half and was taken into the locker room. He said he hyperextended his knee in the first half and did not know what happened at the end of the first half due to being in the locker room.

“When I got hurt, I felt that I let my team down,” Pittman said.

The 6-foot-4 junior college transfer said players stepped up when he was out of the line-up.

Coming into the contest, both Pittman and Scarver were the leads three-point threats for the Herd. Pittman, a 39 percent shooter, and with Scarver, just under 37 percent, both have hit at least one three-point shot in every game this season.

The two will look to continue their success as the season rolls along for the Herd.

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