As bad as the Herd was, missing 19 straight field goals from the 8:40 mark of the first half until Elijah Pittman made the Herd’s first three at the 15:56 mark of the second half, Marshall had a chance to win the game.
The Herd was only 3-of-26 from three, but all three of the 3-pointers were from Elijah Pittman, who scored 18 points but hit only 3-of-11 from three and 5-of-15 overall. (Herd Insider photo by Brad Helton)
Marshall trailed by as many as 19 points early in the second half, then went on a 15-0 run that pulled the Herd to within four points, 36-32, with 12:11 to go in the second half.
Nigel Spikes led the Herd with 15 rebounds, and scored nine points on the night - here shooting over UAB's Rod Rucker. (Herd Insider photo by Brad Helton)
Then the Herd tied the game, 46-46, with 2:51 remaining on a Nigel Spikes rebound and stick-back, as the Herd’s senior center had a good game with nine points and a game best 15 rebounds.
The Herd and the Blazers move for positions on Dre Kane's late free throws to pull the Herd to within three, but UAB would hold on for a 52-48 win over the Herd, the Blazers seventh win in nine trips to Huntington. (Herd Insider photo by Brad Helton)
The Blazers (13-14, 5-7 C-USA) hit a free throw, then a Jordan Swing and two more free throws to regain a lead at 51-46 with 14.2 seconds to go, but missed twice on the front end of one-plus-ones that could have clinched the game.
DeAndre Kane hit two free throws with 10 second to go to cut the lead once again to three, and the Herd guarded the inbounds and came up with a steal off of Preston Purifoy’s errant pass inbound.
Freshman Tamron Manning’s three, however, missing the mark, then UAB’s Quincy Taylor hit one of two free throws to set the final at 52-48.
The Herd gathers at free throw line, as DeAndre Kane talks with Elijah Pittman (24), Dennis Tinnon (1), Nigel Spikes (11) and Tamron Manning (32). (Herd Insider photo by Brad Helton)
“We missed everything tonight, lay-ups, jumpers, threes,” Marshall Coach Tom Herrion said.
“Sometimes we just have to find a way. We dug ourselves a big hole and we fought back, which I was real proud of, but just didn’t play smart down the stretch.”
After tying the game at 46-46, Marshall went 0-of-4 from the field, all of which came from three-point range where it shot 11.5 percent for the game (3-of-26).
“Tamron did a good job on defense but knowing how much time was left on the clock and took a shot with five seconds left,” Herrion said.
Junior DeAndre Kane pulls up for a three, but was 0-for-5 from behind the arc. Kane did finish with nine points, seven rebounds (second on team), three assists, three steals and only one turnover in playing 40 minutes again for the Herd. (Herd Insider photo by Brad Helton)
Pittman scored a game-high 18 points, but hit only 5-of-15 shots in the game and had the only threes for Marshall, shooting 3-of-11 behind the arc.
“We had shots, open looks, but we are not making shots,” Pittman said.
“We made shots in the second half, and that gave us the energy (to comeback) and the crowd got involved. There was no pressure, we just needed to hit shots to help the team catch up.”
Struggling against UAB once again, Birmingham, Ala. native D.D. Scarver only scored two points against the Blazers in Huntington after scoring just one point back home against UAB in a loss earlier this month. (Herd Insider photo by Brad Helton)
D.D. Scarver was once again ineffective against his hometown team, as the Birmingham native scored two points on 1-of-10 from the field and 0-for-7 from three.
In two games with UAB, Scarver — who averages 13.0 points per game — scored just three total points, one in Birmingham in the Herd’s 75-61 loss on Feb. 9.
Nigel Spikes had two blocks in the game, giving him 51 blocks this season (tying Latece Williams in 2001-02 and Tom Curry in 1987-88) for fifth most in a season, and he has 114 now in his career, sixth most in Marshall history. (Herd Insider photo by Brad Helton)
Spikes had two blocked shots, his 13th consecutive game with at least one block, although he hit only 3-of-9 from the free throw line.
Kane had nine points, seven rebounds, three assists and just one turnover in 40 minutes played, but was 0-for-5 from three and 3-of-13 from the field.
“We played so well at UCF, we hoped it would carry over here tonight,” Kane said of the 12-point win on Wednesday in Orlando.
Dennis Tinnon prepares to play defense on UAB's Quincy Taylor, and had four points and six rebounds in the 52-48 loss to UAB on Saturday night in the Cam Henderson Center. (Herd Insider photo by Brad Helton)
Dennis Tinnon came off the bench, but had just four points and six rebounds after a double-double off the bench at UCF.
Robert Goff again started at forward, and had just four points on 1-of-6 shooting, with six rebounds and three blocks.
Senior Robert Goff slips around Rod Rucker of UAB for two points, scoring four on the night with six rebounds and three blocks. (Herd Insider photo by Brad Helton)
The worst part of the loss was how poorly UAB shot in a road game after having seven days off since its last game.
The Blazers were awful, going 4-of-18 (22.2 percent) from three-point range and shooting only 30.2 percent from the field for the game (19-of-63).
All the misses led to a lot of rebounds which the Blazers held the advantage 50-45, and the zone defense forced the Herd out of the paint, where UAB out-scored Marshall 28-to-18.
Marshall was once again out-rebounded by a squad with no player over 6-foot-9 (Alexander Scotland-William, who played only two minutes) and no regular over 6-foot-6.
UAB was led by Jordan Swing’s 15 points and 10 rebounds, just one board short of a career best.
Junior Rod Rucker had 13 points and eight rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist, but turned the ball over five of 13 times total for UAB, and only played 27 minutes due to foul trouble.
Marshall will have a week between games before going on the road Saturday March 2 at Houston.
The game is at 2 p.m. Eastern and will be shown on CSS (channel 68 on Huntington’s and Putnam County’s Comcast cable systems).
Robert Goff flies in as Dennis Tinnon positions himself for a rebounds, boxing out UAB's Robert Williams, but the guard of the Blazers ended the game with a team-best 11 rebounds to go with six points, three assists and two steals in the 52-48 win over Marshall. (Herd Insider photo by Brad Helton)