Nov. 29, 2010
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Redshirt freshman DeAndre Kane recorded his second-consecutive 25-point outing as the Marshall University men's basketball team took down FIU, 88-79, inside the Cam Henderson Center Monday evening.
Kane connected on 8-o-f-14 field goals while his 8-12 showing from the charity stripe helped the Herd (4-2) to a 69.8% effort from the free throw line, its top effort of the season.
"It is an excellent win for our club. I am really proud of our guy," Marshall head coach Tom Herrion said. "FIU is a good team; they caused major match-up problems with their speed and quickness. I thought we did a good job in the second half of containing dribble penetration. It is a good win for our team."
Marshall's offense struggled to find its groove out of the gate, hitting three of its first 12 shots while FIU (4-2) took a 13-7 advantage eight minutes into the contest.
The Herd jumped right back, taking its first lead, 18-17, on a Shaq Johnson free throw with nine minutes left in the half. The lead teeter-tottered three times in the half before a trey by Eric Frederick, the game's leading scorer with 26 points, gave FIU a 36-35 edge with just under two minutes remaining in the period.
That would also mark the final lead the Panthers would hold as Marshall scored the final eight points of the half, including threes by Johnson and Kane, to take a 43-36 lead into the break.
Early in the second half, the Marshall lead reached as many as 13 points, 53-40, following three free throws by Dago Pena at the three minute mark. FIU showed its resiliency, chopping the deficit to four points, 65-61, with 7:49 left in the game. Frederick chipped in 11 points to help the Panthers cut into the lead.
After MU pushed its lead back to 11, 77-66, with three minutes remaining, the Panthers refused to give up, cutting the Herd lead to just three points, 79-76, with 1:14 left on the clock. It was too little too late, though, as Johnny Higgins and Kane combined to score seven points over the remainder of the game to seal the win.
Four Marshall players tallied double digits, led by Kane's 25. Johnson recorded 16 points while Johnny Thomas and Tirrell Baines notched 15 and 10 points, respectively. Baines led all players with nine boards.
FIU was led by Frederick, who shot 8-15 on the night on his way to a 26-point outing. DeJuan Wright scored 18.
The Panthers outshot the Herd, 53.6%-45.6%, but the game was won at the line for MU, who hit 30-of-43 attempts, including 10 out of 12 in the first half. Marshall was also crashing the boards once again, finishing the night with a 34-30 rebounding advantage overall and 18-10 on the offensive glass.
After playing four games in the last ten days, the team will have five days to prepare for a matchup against former Mid-American Conference rival Ohio. The Herd and Bobcats will face off on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio. The Bobcats are 4-2 after topping Santa Clara, 78-72, in the final game of the Las Vegas Invitational.