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Marshall Falls Despite Late Rally

Junior forward Robert Goff slammed home two of his 11 points.

Nov. 30, 2011

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Despite a late rally, the Marshall men's basketball team dropped its first game of the season 70-68 to Ohio on Wednesday.

The Thundering Herd fell to 5-1 on the season while the Bobcats improved to 4-1.

Marshall trailed by as many as 14 points late in the second half. The Herd used a 19-7 run to pull within two points with eight seconds remaining and the ball in the hands of the Preseason All-Conference USA First Team member DeAndre Kane. However, the sophomore's guarded eight-foot jump shot rimmed out in front of a season-high 7,061 fans at the Cam Henderson Center.

"I am obviously not happy and very disappointed with our effort," said Marshall head coach Tom Herrion. "Ohio was the aggressor for most of the game and you have to give them credit. We are not about being spectators in the game. When the other team shots 50% and you only out-rebound a team by one it basically sums up the game. We did not get the job done."

Kane finished with a game-high 17 points - 15 in the second half - to go with nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

Junior forward Dennis Tinnon led the rebounding effort with 14 boards to go with 12 points for his third double-double of the season. Marshall, who has yet to be outrebounded by an opponent this season, held a 36-35 advantage on the board.

Senior guard Damier Pitts scored 10 points and recorded a season-high seven assists with no turnovers.

Ohio, which never trailed in the game, led 32-19 with 4:13 to play in the first half. Marshall cut the deficit to seven points before heading into halftime trailing 36-27.

In the second half, Marshall trailed 67-56 with 4:29 remaining, when senior guard Shaquille Johnson recorded a steal and finished with a lay-up on the other end. He was fouled on the play and made the free-throw to make the score 67-59.

Back-to-back field goals by Tinnon and Jamir Hanner cut the deficit to just four points, 67-63 with 2:08 remaining.

After two Bobcat free throws, Marshall trailed by six with 32 seconds to play.

A three-pointer by Kane cut the deficit to three points, 69-66 with 24.3 seconds remaining. Ohio's point guard D.J. Cooper made one of two free throws to make it 70-66. Pitts then hit two free throws to cut the deficit to two points, 70-68 with 15 seconds to play. Marshall's press forced Ohio into a turnover which setup the missed shot by Kane.

"We got it to the guy we want to get it to and he drove (the ball) like we wanted to, but it just didn't go down," Herrion said.

The Herd was hindered at the free throw line going 21-for-38 (55.3 percent) while the Bobcats were 7-for-11 (63.6 percent). Marshall shot 40.4 percent from the field while Ohio shot 50 percent. The Bobcats dominated the paint, outscoring the Herd 45-30 down low.

Ohio was led by Reggie Keely who was 8-for-11 from the field and scored 16 points to go with five rebounds.

Marshall will next play at No.4/3 Syracuse on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and will be shown locally on WSAZ.

"We need to get ourselves ready and not worry about anybody else," Herrion said. "We have to get better and it doesn't matter if Syracuse or West Virginia Tech is our next opponent."