Feb. 4, 2012
TULSA, Okla. -
A season-best effort from the free throw line was not enough as the Marshall men's basketball team lost to Tulsa 79-70 Saturday at the Reynolds Center.
The Thundering Herd (14-9, 5-4 C-USA) entered the game shooting just 60.3 percent from the free throw line, but shot a season-high 82.1 percent (23-for-28) on Saturday.
Nearly half of DeAndre Kane's points came at the line as he finished 10-for-11 from the stripe and tied a game-high with 21 points. Kane, like many of the Marshall players, battled foul trouble throughout the game and played a season-low 24 minutes.
Senior guard Damier Pitts scored 21 points including two three-pointers.
Junior forward Dennis Tinnon was one rebound shy of a double-double with nine boards and 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting.
Marshall's strength all season has been its rebounding, but the Herd was held to just 30 boards, its second-lowest total of the season. Tulsa (14-9, 7-2 C-USA), which entered the game leading the conference in fewest rebounds allowed, recorded 34 boards.
"We didn't defend and didn't rebound," said Marshall head coach Tom Herrion. "Without those two ingredients on the road against a good team, it's going to lead to not having a good night."
Freshman Jamir Hanner came off the bench to provide a spark in the first half. He played five minutes in the first half and tied a career high with six rebounds, four offensive. Hanner played just one minute in the second half.
There were 10 ties and 10 lead changes in the game, but Marshall was never ahead by more than two points. The last Herd lead came at 43-42, with 14:43 to play after a Tinnon layup.
Marshall was down 71-67 with 2:39 to play. However, Tulsa's Jordan Clarkson made a deep three-pointer and a conventional three-point play in back-to-back possessions to give the Golden Hurricane a 77-67 lead with 1:16 remaining. Tulsa's largest lead of 12 came just seconds later.
Clarkson led the Golden Hurricane with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Tulsa also shot well from the free throw line shooting 72.7 percent (24-33). TU also shot a season-high 55.6 percent from the field.
Marshall will next be in action on Wednesday when it plays at UCF at 7 p.m. ET.