Jan. 26, 2017
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Senior guard Austin Loop’s (South Webster, Ohio) game-high 18 points and junior guard Jon Elmore’s (Charleston, W.Va.) double-double from 12 points and 10 assists heled the Marshall men’s basketball team improve to 11-0 at the Cam Henderson Center this season with a 92-71 win over the UTSA Roadrunners Thursday night.
With the win, Marshall improved to 13-8 (6-2, C-USA), while UTSA fell to 9-11 (4-3, C-USA).
Loop led all scorers with 18 points and also added four rebounds and two assists. Elmore’s double-double was his fifth of the season. Stevie Browning (Logan, W.Va) had 13 points, six assists and four rebounds. Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis) was one rebound away from a double-double, finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds. Gino Littles led UTSA with 15 points.
The Herd opened the game by scoring the first ten points. Browning accounted for five of the ten points during the Herd run that stretched the opening 5:27 of the contest. UTSA answered by scoring the next five points before Loop buried a 3-pointer to give Marshall a 13-5 lead.
The Herd took its first double-digit lead of the contest on a layup by Penava with 12 minutes left in the half. After a Lucas O’Brien layup for UTSA cut the Herd lead to 23-12, a jumper by Browning and a 3-pointer by Loop extended Marshall’s lead to 16 points with 7:44 left in the half. The closest the Roadrunners cut the deficit to in the half was 14 as the Herd raced out to a 45-24 lead at the half, ending the opening half on a buzzer-beating corner 3-pointer by Loop.
UTSA opened the second half with three quick baskets to cut the Marshall lead to 46-30 with 18:50 left in the contest. After the Roadrunners cut Marshall’s lead to 49-32, the Herd went on a 13-0 run to extend its lead to 30 points, 62-32, with 12:57 left in the half. Elmore and Penava combined to score 11 of the 13 points during the run.
UTSA went on a 9-2 run to cut the Marshall lead to 64-41 with 11:02 remaining in the game, but an alley-oop from Elmore to Browning and a layup by Penava extended Marshall’s lead to 27 points with 10:18 left in the game. A 3-pointer and a layup by Burks put the Herd ahead, 75-45, with 8:29 remaining in the game, giving the Herd its second 30-point lead of the contest. A quick 7-0 UTSA run that spanned 1:01 cut Marshall’s lead to 75-52 with 7:19 remaining in the game.
After UTSA cut the Herd’s lead to 22 points, 80-58, Jacob Kilgore made a 3-pointer to extend the Herd lead back to 25. A layup and a free throw by Phil Bledsoe and a pair of 3-pointers by Ot Elmore closed the scoring for the Herd as Marshall finished off a 92-71 win over the visiting Roadrunners.
“It is always good to win. I’m glad I got to play some players who haven’t seen the floor. I hope that encourages them to come out every practice and prepare the guys in front of them, and to get them ready to play the next game. This was a solid team, they had a great win down at Louisiana Tech. I thought our defense was stellar. We had a lot of ball movement and assists, which means that ball is hopping and that’s we have to do.”
On what the defense did well tonight:
“We got out hands on a lot of balls. Jon [Elmore] got his hands on a lot of balls tonight, [Austin] Loop got his hands on a few. We tipped the ball away from them a lot of times. We got a bit stronger on the boards but they outrebounded us 54-43. I sat there in Phoenix during my first season and we got outrebounded in 62 of the 82 games, and at one time we were 30-2 and we got outrebounded every game. I don’t know, it is an important stat but you have to look at it carefully. The one that bothers me is the second chance points they beat us, 20 to 6 which is probably the bigger stat to look at.”
On the offense tonight:
“We were not stellar, and the reason being is that, that team is really solid. They don’t take chances, so you don’t get the spectacular plays and the openings that are created when you play fast pace. It is almost like playing poker with a guy who will never jump in the pot until he has four aces. It is good to take care of business against them.”
On Saturday’s matchup:
“I don’t know what they are going to do, Tim [Floyd] will try and mix us up. The good thing about us is that we don’t prepare for them anyway. Tim does a great job; they have two good guards; they can shoot it quick and get it up there. I don’t know how he will play whether its standard with the big kid that he has inside or if he will play small, as he did last year. So, how he is going to play us, I don’t know. We just come and we will see if we can’t get our game on the floor.”
No. 33 junior guard Jon Elmore
On the win:
“We try not to take anyone lightly, we keep up with the ball movement to make good open shots. Great team win.”
On the first half start:
“We started off a little stagnant but got back to playing Marshall basketball and started to pull away.”
On how playing Marshall basketball help with tonight’s win:
“We had great ball movement, [Austin] Loop, our wings and other guys made key shots. It was a credit to our team; great win.”
No. 35 senior guard Austin Loop
On his performance:
“I always feel as if I could have shot and made a little more every game. I am grateful for my team for giving me great looks.”
Herd started game on 10-0 run, with UTSA not registering a point until the 14:33 mark
Jon Elmore registered his fifth double-double of the season. He finished the game with 12 points and 10 assists.
Austin Loop’s six made three-pointers set a new season high. His previous season high was five made three-pointers (three times this season).
Loop now sits at 250 career made three-pointers, one shy of tying a school record set by Tamar Slay (1998-2002).
Marshall has now passed last season’s win total at home. The team is now 11-0 at home, and finished last season 10-4 at the Cam Henderson Center. 2012-13 was the last time Marshall won 11+ home games.
Ot Elmore’s back-to-back 3-pointers means that every eligible player for the team has scored points for the Herd.
The Herd has reached 90+ points ten times this season.
UTSA’s 11.1 percent from 3-pointers was a season-low for Marshall opponents.
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Marshall will stay at home and host the UTEP Miners Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Miners hold a 10-4 advantage in the series.