@HerdMBB's Offense Falters in 69-57 Defeat at Middle Tennessee|
Jan. 12, 2017
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Marshall men’s basketball team suffered its first loss in league play when it fell to the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 69-57, on Thursday evening at the Charles M. Murphy Athletic Center.
With the loss, Marshall fell to 11-7 (4-1, C-USA) and snapped its four-game winning streak, while Middle Tennessee rose to 14-3 (4-0, C-USA). The Herd’s 57 points were a season-low and snapped its streak of scoring at least 70 points in 37 consecutive games.
Senior forward Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis) led the Herd with 12 points and eight rebounds and senior guard Stevie Browning (Charleston, W.Va.) added 11 points. JaCorey Williams collected a double-double and led the Blue Raiders with a game-high 16 points and 11 rebounds.
The two sides began the game evenly matched at 19-19 with 9:54 to go, but a Middle Tennessee run helped it pull away. The Blue Raiders went on a 13-3 run and were up 32-22 with 4:18 left in the first half. The Herd fought back thanks to the efforts of Browning and Taylor, which cut the lead to five with 2:12 to go, but Middle Tennessee kept Marshall at arm’s length. The Blue Raiders finished the first half up 37-29.
Marshall shot 11-of-29 (37.9 percent) field goals, 3-of-11 (27.3 percent) three-pointers and was out-rebounded 30-11 in the first half. Middle Tennessee shot 16-of-37 (43.2 percent) and 4-of-10 (40.0 percent) three-pointers. The Herd capitalized on turnovers, out-scoring the Blue Raiders 12-4, but Middle Tennessee out-scored Marshall 18-12 in the paint and 10-2 on second-chance points.
The Blue Raiders kept the momentum going to open up the second half. It started the second period of play with a 13-7 run to make the score 50-36 at the 12:01 mark. The Blue Raiders’ lead eventually jumped to 18 at the 9:17 mark to make 56-38. The Herd could not come back from the deficit and fell 69-57.
Marshall finished the game shooting 37.0 percent from 20-of-54 shooting and made 26.3 percent of its three-pointers from going 5-of-19 in three-point land. Middle Finished the contest making 29-of-72 (40.3 percent) of its shots and 5-of-17 (29.4 percent) of its three-pointers.
On Terrence Thompson returning:
On the physicality of Middle Tennessee: