Jan. 11, 2012
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -
Trailing most of the game, the Marshall men's basketball team used a 14-2 run late in the second half and surged to a 61-59 win at UAB Wednesday night.
"I'm really proud of our group and with the character that we showed tonight," said Marshall head coach Tom Herrion. "We played behind for basically 37 or 38 minutes. We just kept grinding and grinding. Some things didn't go our way. Offensively we didn't finish early in the game. But we showed great character and great resolve."
Marshall improved to 12-4 overall and 3-0 in Conference USA. UAB fell to 5-10 overall and 0-2 in C-USA.
Junior forward Robert Goff scored what proved to be the winning basket with a conventional three-point play with 41 seconds remaining. Goff finished the game with nine points, seven in the second half.
Sophomore guard DeAndre Kane recorded his first double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds including several big shots down the stretch.
One of the best rebounders in the NCAA, Dennis Tinnon, grabbed a personal-best 19 rebounds including nine on the offensive end. He also contributed eight points.
"I haven't been around too many guys that have got 19 rebounds," Herrion said. "He was playing against a frontcourt with Moore and (Ovie) Soko. It's not like he was going against cupcakes."
Marshall held a 45-34 rebounding advantage over UAB, including 21 offensive boards.
UAB jetted out to a 17-7 lead midway through the first half. A basket by Marshall's Justin Coleman capped off a 17-6 run to give the Herd a 24-23 lead with 4:39 remaining in the half.
In the first period, Marshall shot just 32.4 percent and trailed 31-28 at the break.
A three-pointer by Shaquille Johnson with 4:02 to play gave Marshall a 56-53 lead, its first lead since the 24-23 advantage in the first half. It capped a 14-2 run by the Herd as its defense held the Blazers scoreless for nearly four minutes.
Trailing 59-58, Goff's layup and made free throw put Marshall ahead 61-59 with 40 seconds to play.
After a missed shot by UAB's Jordan Swing and a missed free throw by Tinnon, UAB had possession trailing by two points with 19 seconds to play. However, Marshall's defense stood its ground and forced Preseason Conference USA Player of the Year Cameron Moore into a 15-foot jump shot that missed.
"UAB is really playing well," Herrion said. "I know it's not reflective of their record. I told my team that I think they may be one of the most complete teams in our conference and maybe the country."
Moore led all-players with 22 points to go with seven rebounds. Soko posted a double-double with 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field and 11 rebounds.
Marshall shot 50 percent from the field in the second half and shot 39.7 percent for the game. UAB shot 41.4 percent from the field.
Marshall will next be in action on Saturday as it hosts UCF at 7 p.m. ET.