Strong Second Half Not Enough, Herd Falls 71-59


Dennis Tinnon attempts a shot against the Tigers. He had 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Dennis Tinnon attempts a shot against the Tigers. He had 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Feb. 17, 2013

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Despite outscoring No. 22 Memphis by five points (33-28) in the second half, the Marshall men's basketball team fell to the Tigers 71-59 Saturday in front of 6,116 at the Cam Henderson Center.

"This was clearly a game of two halves for us," said head coach Tom Herrion. "The second was a game of `haves' and the first half was `have-nots' in terms of our defense, and our scoring drought."

The Thundering Herd (11-15, 4-7 Conference USA) led 13-9 with 15:14 to play in the first half. However, the Tigers (22-3, 11-0) then went on an 18-2 run and for the rest of the half, held Marshall to just four field goals. The Herd faced its largest halftime deficit at home this season, 43-26.

Marshall opened the second half on a 15-3 run to trail by just five points, 46-41 with 10:44 remaining. The Tigers did not hit their first field goal until the 13:58 mark and shot just 37.9 percent in the second half, cooling off from a 51.4 percent mark in the first half.

The Herd never got closer than that five-point margin however, 20 turnovers - 10 in each half - was too much to overcome.

"The numbers speak for themselves," Herrion said. "We gave up 43 in the first half and gave up 28 in the second. You can't have 20 turnovers at home. The kids played hard."

The Tigers scored 20 points off of those turnovers. Adonis Thomas led Memphis, which won its 16th consecutive games, with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Marshall's Dennis Tinnon also had a double-double, his seventh of the season and 19th of his career with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Elijah Pittman and junior guard DeAndre Kane both finished with 16 points. Kane added seven rebounds and five assists while Pittman had six boards.

When Kane got his fourth point of the game, he passed Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer and Herd great Hal Greer for 19th on Marshall's career scoring list.

The Herd shot 38.2 percent from the field, but just 25.0 percent (6-of-24) from three-point range. Half of the Marshall three's came from Kane who was 3-of-6.

Marshall will play at UCF (17-8, 7-4) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Knights lost at UTEP on Saturday.