Aug 17, 2013
WINDSOR, Ontario -
Redshirt freshman Ryan Taylor recorded his second consecutive double-double as the Marshall men's basketball team defeated host University of Windsor 84-80 Saturday night at St. Denis Centre.
The Thundering Herd, which led nearly the entire game held its largest lead of 14 points with 8:15 to play in the second half, was down three points late in the third quarter, but pulled away to improve to 2-0 on its five-game exhibition tour of Canada.
"I don't think we could have asked for a better scenario and teaching opportunity," said head coach Tom Herrion. "Tonight was a prime example of why you take these types of trips. We were in a terrific ballgame against a very good team with great experience. I thought we played really well early and we played great late when we had to."
Marshall held a 38-32 halftime lead, but Windsor tied it at 45-45 with 4:02 left in the third quarter. The two teams traded baskets with seven lead changes to end the quarter. A Kareem Canty floater as time expired ended the quarter and gave the Herd a 57-56 lead heading into the fourth. Canty finished with a game-high 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting and had four of Marshall's 13 assists.
Marshall opened up the lead 76-65 with 4:50 to play after three consecutive finishes at the rim by Shawn Smith, two of which were dunks. The junior transfer finished the game with nine points.
The game became tight late and a fortunate bounce by the Lancers was partly responsible. The Herd led 82-77 with 52 seconds to play when Windsor's Rotimi Osuntola went up for an uncontested dunk which missed off the back iron and rebounded by Josh Collins who drained a three to bring the game to within two points, 82-80 with 17 seconds to play. After a foul by Windsor, Ryan Taylor made both free throws to put Marshall ahead 84-80 with 10 seconds remaining to secure the win.
"In-between I thought we got a little sloppy," Herrion said. "Fatigue was a factor. But I'm proud of the kids because they found a way to win which is the most important thing."
Senior Elijah Pittman finished with 17 points and nine rebounds while TyQuane Goard also had a solid game with seven points, on 3-of-5 shooting and five boards. Yous Mbao, whom Herrion said would play sparingly on this trip as the center is recovering from minor knee surgery, played five minutes and recorded one point and one rebound.
Windsor was led by Collins and Evan Matthews who finished with 15 points each.
"I was very impressed with Winsor and they are well coached," Herrion said. "They play with a five-year rule here so they have a lot of older guys. They are going to be picked as one of the top two or three teams in Canada this coming year."
Marshall will travel about two hours from Windsor to London for a 3 p.m. game against Western University.
"We are going to have a quick turnaround tomorrow. We are going to have to really balance some minutes, rotate the lineup."
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