Kane's 26 Points Leads Herd over Demons


Justin Coleman had three points and eight rebounds against the Demons.

Justin Coleman had three points and eight rebounds against the Demons.

Nov. 19, 2011

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Sophomore guard DeAndre Kane scored a career-high 26 points as the Marshall men's basketball team had no problems with Northwestern State in an 83-61 win on Saturday at the Cam Henderson Center.

With the win, Marshall improved to 3-0 while Northwestern State fell to 2-2.

Kane's 26 points eclipsed his previous career-high of 25. He was 10-of-18 from the field while also contributing six rebounds and two assists.

"I thought he played within the offense," said Herd head coach Tom Herrion. "He drove with a purpose and was locked in. He's a hard guy to guard."

Marshall's 83 points was a season-high. The Herd hit 43.5 percent of its shots while holding the Demons to just 36.1 percent. The Herd was also active on the boards with 59 rebounds compared to 30 for NSU. Marshall made the most of its 24 offensive rebounds with 25 second chance points.

"We were dominant on the glass," Herrion said. "I haven't seen a team outrebound someone by 29. I have been to a lot of places and don't think I've ever seen that."

Senior guard Damier Pitts and junior forward Dennis Tinnon joined Kane in double figure scoring. Pitts used three three-pointers to score 13 points and Tinnon had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Senior guard Dago Pena was 3-of-8 from the field, all of which came from three-point range. He also had a game-high five assists, three steals and one block to go with nine points.

Sophomore center Yous Mbao was a major defensive presense for the Herd. The 7-2 transfer from Marquette had a career-high nine rebounds, three blocks and three assists in 21 minutes of action.

"We met this week and I told him to stay positive," Herrion said of Mbao. "He impacts the game in different ways with his passing. I told him to be more aggressive and try to block more shots."

Marshall used an early 12-2 scoring run to build a 28-12 lead with 9:50 remaining in the first half. On the back of Kane's 15 first half points, Marshall held a 43-29 halftime lead.

The Herd's second half lead never dipped below 11 points. With Demons putting using their pressure defense, Marshall kept scoring, especially in the post as evidence of its 46 points in the paint.

Shamir Davis led Northwestern State with 11 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.

Marshall will hit the road for the first time this season as it plays at UNC-Wilmington on Tuesday at 7 p.m.