CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Marshall's basketball team hits the Cam Henderson Center floor tonight in its exhibition game against Bluefield (Va.) College.Tip-off time is at 7 p.m. for the Herd's lone exhibition against a lower-division team. Out to improve on its first National Invitation Tournament appearance in 24 years, MU's season begins Nov. 9 against Longwood.All tickets tonight are $5 general admission. Those can be purchased at the box office, at herdzone.com or by calling 800-THE-HERD.Marshall returns three starters and eight letter-winners from last season's 21-14 campaign, including top scorer DeAndre Kane and Dennis Tinnon, one of the nation's leading rebounders. They will be joined by junior-college imports D.D. Scarver and Elijah Pittman, plus new high school products Kareem Canty and Tamron Manning.
Bluefield, an NAIA program, went 19-16 and finished third in the Mid-South Conference. Senior center Byron Carpenter was that league's player of the year, averaging 21.3 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.The game also can be viewed on the Herd All-Access service, through herdzone.com. This will be the lone free offering; subscription for the season is $9.95 per month or $79.95 for a year.Next weekend, MU will scrimmage Winthrop in Beckley. By NCAA rule, that meeting must be closed and not publicized.