Marshall Suffers First Loss of the Season to Ohio State, 111-70
The Thundering Herd's record falls to 4-1
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Marshall Thundering Herd's men's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, falling to the Ohio State Buckeyes, 111-70, Friday evening.
With the loss, Marshall falls to 4-1 overall, while Ohio State moves to 6-0 overall.
The Herd opened up the scoring when junior guard Jon Elmore found senior guard Austin Loop for a three-pointer to give Marshall a 3-0 lead. The Buckeyes then went on a 7-0 run and had a 7-3 lead at the 17:24 mark. Marshall would then cut the lead to 9-7 thanks to back-to-back layups from Elmore, but Ohio State pulled away from there.
The Buckeyes made four straight free throws and scored two more points thanks to a Trevor Thompson layup, which gave the Buckeyes a 15-7 lead.
Ohio State never looked back after that, as a 23-6 run helped it pull away. It gave the Buckeyes a 38-14 lead at the 9:16 mark. Elmore would try to bring back the Herd by exchanging baskets with Ohio State, but it was not enough, as the Buckeyes had a 47-24 lead with 4:14 left in the first half. Freshman tweener Phil Bledsoe would also contribute before the end of regulation, but Ohio State finished the first half with a 60-37 lead.
The Herd finished the first half shooting 13-of-36 from the field, 6-of-18 from three-pointers and had 14 points in the paint, while Ohio State 24-of-43, 6-of-14 from three and out-rebounding Marshall 30-15. Elmore had a team-high 14 points and three assists, while Loop had nine points from three shots behind the arc. Loop's three first half three-pointers gave him 195 career threes, which tied him with No. 5 Ronald Blackshear all-time.
Three different players for Ohio State had double-digit points, with Thompson having a first half-high 15 points.
The Herd came out fighting to begin the second half, going on a 12-5 run and cutting the Buckeye's lead to 65-49. The surge came from two Loop three-pointers and Elmore and senior guard Stevie Browning hitting from behind the arc as well. That 16-point deficit would be the closest Marshall would come for the rest of the evening, as Ohio State finished the night with the 111-70 victory.
Elmore finished the game with a game and season-high 25 points, six assists and has now scored double-digit points in all five games this season and has scored at least 20 points in three contests. Loop finished with 15 points, thanks to five three-point field goals made. Junior forward Terrence Thompson also finished with 10 rebounds, which tied a career-high.
Head coach Dan D'Antoni
"Ohio State played extremely well and coach [Thad} Mata is a great coach. They gave us a lot to look at on film. We'll see if we can get better Obviously we played a lot of similar opponents coming in here and we both won with similar scores. I don't know if our kids were tired or they just got lost in the headlights, but we seemed a lot slower tonight. I don't want to take anything away from Ohio State. Hats off to them. They gave us a lot to look at."
On Ohio State's offense:
Ohio State looked much quicker in person. They're spacing was a lot better. What worries me, is I hope it wasn't us that made them look better in person. They played Jackson State and N.C. Central and we watched that film. We had an easier time with North Carolina Central than they did. I don't want to take anything from Ohio State, because they played extremely well.
On missing senior forward Ryan Taylor:
We were missing Ryan Taylor, who is our glue. We came out flat. We were doing things that we normally didn't do. If we had Ryan, it may have helped us. I'm not saying it would. It may have helped us do the things that we want to do. When we came out, that wasn't Marshall basketball. The ball wasn't moving like it was supposed to. We couldn't get open. We took quick, bad shots. That's not us. Our brand is a good, quick shot, but it's a good shot. Ohio State's defense made us do it. We have to be better."
- Marshall was the last Conference USA team to be undefeated before the loss to Ohio State.
- The Herd has now scored at least 70 points in all five games this season.
- Jon Elmore has scored double-figure points in all five games this season, while scoring at least 20 points in three different games.
- Austin Loop five three-pointers tied a season-high. The senior is now No. 5 all-time in Marshall history for made three-pointers.
- Marshall surrendered 100 points for the first time all season.
- Freshman Ky're Allison had a career-high six points.
- Terrence Thompson tied a career-high with 10 rebounds. It is his third time doing so in is career.
- Aleksa Nikolic made his first start of the 2016-17 season.