Aug 16, 2013
WINDSOR, Ontario -
A five game exhibition tour of Canada began with a 99-54 win by the Marshall men's basketball team over Algoma University on Friday at the St. Denis Centre in Windsor, Ontario.
"I'm very pleased with our performance tonight," said head coach Tom Herrion. "We had a long day of travel, but I thought our kids played incredibly hard, had great energy and played unselfish. We have many areas we have to improve in, but overall we had a lot of positive things we can build on off of game one."
Redshirt freshman Ryan Taylor led all scorers with 20 points and also brought down 10 rebounds for a double-double. He was 10-of-13 from the field, which included a monster one-handed fastbreak dunk to end the first quarter. As a team, Marshall shot 55.7 percent, while holding Algoma to 38.2 percent.
The Herd, which never trailed in the contest, led 50-20 at halftime and outscored the Thunderbirds 35-18 in the fourth quarter.
"Individually there were a lot of guys that played well," Herrion said. "We had a lot of balance. We played a lot of guys a lot of minutes which we knew we had to do as we are a little shorthanded."
The minutes played ranged from 17-28, the later of that going to Canadian JP Kambola (Toronto) who finished with eight points, five blocks and three rebounds. Redshirt freshman Kareem Canty scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and had six assists. Sophomore TyQuane Goard rounded out the double-figure scoring with 11 points.
Marshall was 8-of-17 (47.1 percent) from three-point range while holding Algoma to 6-of-20 (30 percent). Jimmy Belinga led the Thunderbirds with 12 points.
"I know that the level of competition will improve, especially tomorrow playing the host school, Windsor, which is very very good," Herrion said.
The game with the Lancers is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Cheikh Sane: Everyone who traveled to Canada, played on Friday with the exception of Yous Mbao, who is coming off minor knee surgery, and newcomer Cheikh Sane. Herrion had this to say about Sane after the game.
"On Thursday evening, our compliance office informed us of a certification issue regarding Cheikh. It is not an eligibility issue, rather it deals with the fact that he is an international student. As a result of this, Cheikth will not be allowed to participate in the five games on the tour. We are all disappointed with this news, especially Cheikh. He has worked very hard throughout the summer, including our 10 days of practice. We are confident that this will have no impact on his future once all of the documents and paperwork are completely filed."
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