Herd Men's Basketball Outlasts Western 81-68


JP Kambola had 11 rebounds against Western Sunday.

JP Kambola had 11 rebounds against Western Sunday.

Aug 18, 2013

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LONDON, Ontario - Marshall won its third game in three days in impressive fashion on Sunday with an 81-68 win over Western University on its home court, Alumni Hall in London, Ontario.

Redshirt freshman guard Kareem Canty scored a game-high 24 points with six assists and four rebounds. Sophomore forward TyQuane Goard was consistent from the field, going 8-for-10 and finishing with 18 points and nine rebounds. Senior forward Elijah Pittman had 16 points and five boards.

Everyone who played scored with the exception of Ryan Taylor. In what was a physical game, Taylor suffered a minor ankle injury, an apparent roll, in the first half and was taken out of the game as a precaution. He was 0-for-1 in six minutes of action.

"It was our third game in three days so obviously we were fighting some fatigue," said head coach Tom Herrion. Ryan Taylor goes down with an ankle injury early and then Shawn Smith gets into foul trouble we basically were playing with a seven-man rotation."

Marshall led from the get-go, and built a lead of 27-18 at the end of the first quarter. Its largest lead of 18 came with 3:17 to go in the second quarter, just before taking a 50-33 lead into halftime.

Much like its previous game, an 84-80 win over Windsor on Saturday, Marshall's lead dwindled late in the game. A dunk by Gabe Soicher brought the Mustangs to within four points, 65-61 with 8:01 remaining. The Herd lead remained at four, 68-64 with 6:13 to play before ending the game on a 13-4 run.

"Here's a team in Western who is very unique style offensively, like a Princeton-esque offense with the spread and a lot of cutting. Some of these guys are learning these offenses for the first time and learning on the fly. It's been a great learning experience."

"The only thing that I was concerned with today was our rebounding situation," Herrion said. "We gave up way too many offensive rebounds (25). Our defense was really good as we held them 6-of-36 from three and that's a team that relies on the three-point shot."

For the third consecutive game, Marshall shot over 50 percent with a 53.1 percent mark on Sunday. Western shot 33.3 percent. The Herd won despite 17 turnovers, led by Canty's five.

Marshall outrebounded Western 51-44 led by Canadian JP Kambola's 11 rebounds.

Marshall will play McMaster University at 8 p.m. Monday in Hamilton. It will be the Herd's fourth game in four days.

"This trip was done for a lot of reasons and one was to challenge our group and clearly we will be challenged tomorrow evening," Herrion said. "McMaster is a very good ball club and they are very well regarded in the Canadian University system. We are going to have our hands full and hopefully we will be able to get some rest having played a Sunday afternoon game."

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