Marshall Falls to Akron 67-51|
Jan. 1, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Shaquille Johnson became Marshall's 48th player to score 1,000 career points, but the Marshall men's basketball team fell to Akron 67-51 on Sunday at the Cam Henderson Center.
Johnson, a senior guard from Jacksonville, Fla. hit a layup with 13:25 remaining in the game to give him 1,001 career points. He and senior guard Damier Pitts led the Herd with 11 points each.
The 48 1,000-point scorers by Marshall is tied for eighth all-time among NCAA Division I programs.
It was the second-consecutive loss by Marshall (9-4) who was outscored by 16 points in the second half.
"How we played is what bothers me the most," said Marshall head coach Tom Herrion. "We were not the competitive Marshall basketball team that we expect to put on the floor and that disturbs me."
Marshall struggled in many aspects of the game, but did manage to outrebound Akron 41-37. The Herd finished just under its average rebounding total (42.8) and has not been outrebounded yet this season.
Marshall committed 14 turnovers which Akron (8-6) turned into 20 points. The Zips committed just eight turnovers and also had 16 assists.
The Thundering Herd shot 37.9 percent from the field, but shot a season-low 31.3 percent (5-16) from the free throw line and shot just shot just 18.2 percent (2-11) from three-point range.
A Johnson layup as time expired in the first half tied the game 27-27. The Herd outshot the Zips 46.2 percent to 35.5 percent in the first period.
"I felt our defense kept us in the game during the first half, but fell apart during the second half," Herrion said.
Akron shot 56.7 percent and scored 26 of its 40 points in the paint in the second half. The Zips held their largest lead of the game, 62-44, with 4:44 remaining in the contest.
Nikola Cvetinovic led Akron with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field.
Marshall will next be in action when it opens Conference USA play against UTEP at 8 p.m. ET. on Wednesday at the Cam Henderson Center. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
"It is about us right now," Herrion said. "We need to look at ourselves internally following our performance. We will get it straighten out. We have good kids and we will pick ourselves up and be ready for UTEP."