Saturday, 17 November 2012 20:53

Late Three’s Doom Marshall men in 78-77 defeat

Written by  MU SPORTS INFORMATION RELEASES, edited by Woody Woodrum for HI

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — A three-pointer from South Dakota State’s Chad White in the final seconds of the game sent the Marshall men’s basketball team to a 78-77 loss to the Jackrabbits Saturday at the Mack Sports Complex.

The Thundering Herd (2-2) held a 77-72 lead with 20.1 seconds to play after junior college transfer D.D. Scarver hit a three for a five-point lead.

SDSU’s Brayden Carlson then hit a three to make it a two-point game, 77-75 with 11.9 remaining.

Herd sophomore guard Chris Martin missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity at the free throw line which gave SDSU the ball with 10 seconds to play.

White’s three-point shot came unguarded and left just 2.1 seconds remaining.

Junior captain DeAndre Kane made a half-court heave was off the back of the iron to end the game, a contest with 10 ties and 10 lead changes.

The Herd will play its third game in three days Sunday at 3 p.m. as it will play the host school, Hofstra in the final game of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.

Air time is 1:30 p.m. for College Basketball Today in Huntington on WDGG, 93.7 FM-The Dawg, and joins Frank Giardina in New York at 2:30 p.m. for the network pregame on the West Virginia Lottery Thundering Herd/IMG Sports Network.

“We didn’t get the job done defensively and let two late three’s beat us,” said Herd Coach Tom Herrion.

“The three-point shot beat us the entire day. Our three-point defense hurt us mightily today.”

The Jackrabbits (2-2) made 11-of-21 three-point attempts, good for 52.4 percent.

The Herd hit 8-of-23 for 34.8 percent.

“Their (SDSU) spacing is very good,” Herrion said.

“They have a good skill level and shoot the ball really well. We are going to play teams that are very similar in that regard.”

Marshall lost despite out-rebounding SDSU 42-29, the third time in four games the Herd has had a double-digit rebounding average.

Leading the rebounding effort for the Herd was junior college forward Elijah Pittman in his second start, grabbing 14 boards, seven offensive, to go with 16 points for his first double-double of his Marshall career.

Kane scored a team-high 19 points on 7-of-18 shooting including 2-of-5 from three-point range, and had eight assists to just three turnovers while playing 39 minutes.

Juniors Dennis Tinnon and Scarver also scored in double figures with 10 points each.

Tinnon was 4-of-7 from the field and nearly had his second-straight double-double, missing by one with nine rebounds.

Scarver was 4-of-9 from the field including 2-of-6 from three-point range.

Carlson led the Jackrabbits with 23 points on 5-of-7 shooting from three-point range.

Preseason All-American candidate Nate Wolters scored 22 points and had 10 assists.



Marshall’s Sunday opponent, Hofstra, beat SDSU on a long three from sophomore guard (and Hawai’i transfer) Shaquille Stokes on Friday night to pull out a 66-63 win over the Jackrabbits.

Senior guard Stevie Mejia (a transfer from Rhode Island) and sophomore guard Taran Buie (a Penn State transfer) each scored 14 points in the game for Hofstra, who won its first game in three tries.

On Saturday night, Hofstra hosted Division II District of Columbia and pulled out a 74-59 win over the Firebirds.

6-foot-8 junior center Stephen Nwaukoni had a 13 points and nine rebounds to lead The Pride to the win.

6-foot-7 freshman forward Jimmy Hall (eight rebounds) and Buie each had 12 points, while Mejia, Stokes (seven assists) and senior 6-foot-7 forward David Imes (seven boards) each scored 11 points.

The Pride shot 49 percent from the field 31-of-63), and an even better 50 percent from three (4-of-8), and also out-rebounded UDC 49-to-33.

The Pride did turn the ball over 15 times, to just six for UDC, and the Firebirds blocked five shots and had eight steals.

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