Career Night from Taylor Helps Give @HerdMBB 89-72 Victory Over Florida Atlantic|
Jan. 2, 2017
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Senior forward Ryan Taylor’s (Indianapolis) 31st career double-double from a career-high 31 points and a season-high 13 rebounds helped give the Marshall men’s basketball team an 89-72 victory over the Florida Atlantic Owls on Monday evening.
With the win, the Herd’s record moves up to 9-6 (2-0 in Conference USA), while the Owls fall to 4-9 (0-2, C-USA).
In the process of getting his double-double, Taylor became the fourth player in Herd history to have 1,400 career points and 800 career rebounds. Redshirt freshman Christian Thieneman (Louisville, Ky.) added a career-high 10 points and seven rebounds, while senior guard Stevie Browning (Logan, W.Va.) had 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
The Herd pulled out to an early 12-6 lead at the 15:51 mark thanks to buckets from Browning, junior guard Jon Elmore (Charleston, W.Va.) and senior guard Austin Loop (South Webster, Ohio). The Owls fought back to make it a six-point Marshall lead at the 14:20 mark, but the Herd pulled away.
Marshall jumped to a 23-16 lead at the 10:58 mark before going on a 10-point run. Freshman guard Ky’re Allison (Portsmouth, Ohio), Milan Mijovic (Belgrade, Serbia), C.J. Burks (Martinsburg, W.Va.) all contributed points in the run to make it 33-16 at the 4:58 point.
The Herd added 10 more points, which included four points from Taylor and three from Browning. FAU battled back thanks to a Marshall scoring drought in the final minutes to make the score 43-34, Herd, going into halftime.
Marshall went 16-of-38 (42.1 percent) from the field, 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) from three-point land and 4-of-10 from the free throw line. The Herd held the Owls to 12-of-33 (36.4 percent) shooting and 1-of-9 (11.1 percent) from three-pointers.
Both sides began the second half pretty evenly matched, as both teams battled to a 15-11 run to make it 56-44, Marshall, at the 13:59 mark. From there, the Herd pulled away with a 14-9 run thanks to Taylor scoring 10 points and Thieneman collecting four of his own to give Marshall a 70-53 lead at 9:06.
From there the Herd made an 11-5 run to make it 81-58 at the 5:34 mark thanks to points from Elmore, Browning, Burks and Loop.
Marshall pulled the starters with less than 2:00 to go and closed out the game, 89-72.
The Herd finished the game shooting 34-of-72 (47.2 percent) from the field, 12-of-26 (46.2 percent) from behind the arc and 9-of-20 (45.0 percent) from the free throw line. Marshall held the Owls to 26-of-74 (35.1 percent) shooting and 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) from three-point land. That 17.6 percent was a season-low for Herd opponents.
That was the first time this season that Marshall held an opponent to under 20 percent from three-point land.
On how the team has changed since D’Antoni’s first ever road trip in Conference USA:
On Christian Thieneman’s extended playing time: