Starters Carry @HerdMBB Past Ohio, 98-88
The Herd’s starting five combined to score 86 points
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. —The Marshall men’s basketball team handed the Ohio Bobcats its first loss of the season, Wednesday night, at the Cam Henderson Center, defeating the Bobcats, 98-88.
The Herd improved to 5-1 on the season with the win and have begun the season 5-0 at home for the first time since the 2009-10 season. Ohio dropped to 4-1 with the loss. The Herd ended a four-game skid against the Bobcats, defeating Ohio for the first time since a 65-57 win in Athens on December 4, 2010.
Junior guard Jon Elmore led the Herd with 28 points. Elmore added seven rebounds and five assists. Senior forward Ryan Taylor recorded the 29th double-double of his career, finishing with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guard Stevie Browning added 16 points and six rebounds. Senior guard Austin Loop tallied 15 points and sophomore forward Ajdin Penava had 10. All five Herd starters finished in double-figures in scoring for the first time this season. Ohio’s Antonio Campbell had a game-high 31 points and 16 rebounds. Jordan Dartis finished with 16 points for the Bobcats.
The Herd and Bobcats traded scores for the first four minutes of the game. Elmore’s three-point play with15:44 to go in the first half gave Marshall an 11-6 lead. Consecutive baskets by Ohio’s Doug Taylor and Jason Carter cut the Herd’s lead to 12-10 with just under 13 minutes remaining in the half.
Ohio took its first lead of the game on a Rodney Culver free throw with 11:21 to go before halftime. Penava and Ky’re Allison each added baskets to give the Herd an 18-15 lead just before the midway point of the half. After Taylor added a layup to cut the Herd lead to 21-19, Elmore made a three-pointer and Browning made a layup to increase Marshall’s lead to 26-19. Dartis and Kenny Kaminski answered with three-pointers for Ohio, cutting Marshall’s lead to just a point with 6:40 to go before halftime.
The Herd pushed its lead to nine points on a jumper by Milan Mijovic and a pair of three-pointers by Loop, putting the Herd ahead 34-25 with less than five minutes to go before halftime. Ohio went on a 13-4 run to tie the game at 38 with 1:27 left in the half.
The Herd scored the final four points of the half on a free throw by Taylor and Loop’s third three-pointer of the half, taking a 42-38 lead at the intermission.
Ohio scored the first nine points of the second half, taking a 47-42 lead and forcing Marshall to call a timeout with 17:58 to go in the half. The Bobcats held the lead until Taylor made a layup with 15:46 to go in the contest to put Marshall ahead, 50-49.
After the Herd and Bobcats kept trading shots, a three-pointer by Browning put the Herd ahead for good. A jumper by Elmore gave Marshall a 60-55 lead with 12:11 remaining in the game. Ohio cut the lead to 60-58, but that was the closest the Bobcats would get for the remainder of the game.
A three-point play by Taylor put the Herd ahead, 66-60, with 10:23 to go in the game. Marshall extended its lead to nine on a three-pointer by Elmore with 8:48 left in the game. The Herd’s first double-digit lead came with 7:50 to go in the contest, as Penava made a layup to give the Herd a 75-64 lead. A dunk by Aleksa Nikolic gave Marshall a 79-68 lead with 6:23 remaining in the game.
Marshall’s largest lead came when Loop hit a three-pointer to put the Herd ahead 87-71 with 4:30 left in the game. Ohio cut the Marshall lead back to single-digits on a pair of Campbell free throws with under two minutes to go in the contest and a three-pointer by Kaminski cut Marshall’s lead to 90-82. Elmore hit four free throws in the final minute to seal a 98-88 win for the Herd.
Head coach Dan D’Antoni
“I like when these two universities play. They are a quality university and they have a quality coach. It is great that they are only two hours away and their fans can get here. I thought our team played really good and we had to, because that was a really good team that we beat. I thought we really covered the threes as well as we have covered them all year. Having Ryan [Taylor] back really helped us move the ball around, because Jon [Elmore] can’t do it all. Our bench came through and I was proud of what they did.
On what was said during the first timeout:
“With our ball club, we have guys who want to win. Sometimes, as the coach, you have to just get out of the way. We saw our lead melt down and then they saw it come back. The kids took over the game. I will give them a play here or there. I’m a Wooden-type of coach where I get my work done in practice and then they get it done on game day.”
On the trio of Aleksa Nikolic, Milan Mijovic and Ajdin Penava:
“I’m happy for them. They played well. Milan has been one of the hardest working players I’ve ever been around. He came in at 270 now he is down to 235. He could not dunk and he was in the dunk contest this year. He also made a jumper. That’s why I am a coach, because of people like that. If you are a good guy and a hard worker, you will find a way to contribute and he has.”
No. 25 senior forward Ryan Taylor
On his second half:
“I knew I was a little bit quicker than their bigs. One of our assistants told me at halftime I could drive around them. I just kept my confidence with me and played the same way [as I did in the first half] in the second half.”
On the team’s effort:
“We knew coming in Ohio was picked preseason pretty high in their conference. They’re a good team with good players. We knew coming in Terrence [Thompson] was going to be out, and everyone knew that we needed contributions from everyone else. It was a well-balanced scoring night for everybody. Everybody played big minutes and played well. It was a good team win for us.”
On passing Hal Greer in shots attempts:
“It’s an honor just to be in this position and play the game that I play. Passing somebody like that is an honor because he’s one of the top-50 players ever. Honestly, I just give credit to coach Dan and everyone around here just allowing me to play the game I play.”
No. 33 junior guard Jon Elmore
On scoring points:
“I think I got most of my points just from our offense. That’s the way we play. We get up and down with lots of transition buckets and shots. We just executed tonight. Pretty much everybody had double-digit scoring. I felt like I was shooting good tonight, but credit to our team. We moved the ball and executed. That’s why we scored so many points.”
On the team’s defense:
“I think we executed well on the defensive end tonight. Everyone was crashing the boards. A lot of those rebounds led to quick outs and quick shots that we capitalized on. I think if we continue to play like that we’ll be pretty good.”
On assistant coach Chris Duhon:
“Everybody on the team looks up to him because he’s got it. He’s done it, he’s won a national championship [and] he played nine years in the NBA. For me as a point guard, he played point guard, coach Dan played point guard, and I just learn a lot. They’re just constantly helping me out. It’s a confidence boost and it helps me learn how to play. It’s cool to go back and forth with him and exchange thoughts.”
POST-GAME NOTES: MARSHALL 98, OHIO 88
- Tonight’s meeting was the 102nd between the Herd and Bobcats. Ohio leads the series, 55-46.
- With tonight’s win, Marshall is 5-0 at home for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
- The Herd improved to 4-0 when leading at the half this season. Marshall led 42-38 at the half tonight.
- Jon Elmore has scored in double-figures in each game this season.
- Elmore has scored at least 20 points in four consecutive games after finishing with 28 tonight.
- Austin Loop made the 200th three-pointer of his career in the first half.
- Loop has made a three-pointer in 11 consecutive games.
- Loop has had back-to-back games with at least five three pointers for the first time since he did so on Dec. 9, 2015 against Eastern Illinois and Dec. 12, 2015 vs. Eastern Kentucky.
- Tonight’s win was the 25th win at home under head coach Dan D’Antoni. The Herd is 25-11 at the Henderson Center under D’Antoni.
- The Herd’s last win against Ohio was on December 4, 2010, a 65-57 win at the Convocation Center in Athens.
- Taylor recorded his Conference USA-leading 29th career double-double and second of the season, finishing with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
- All five Herd starters scored in double-figures tonight (Elmore 28, Taylor 17, Browning 16, Loop 15, Penava 10) for the first time this season.
- Marshall’s 5-1 finish in November capped off the best start to the season the Herd has had in the D’Antoni era.
- Marshall has not begun a season 5-1 since the 2011-12 season.
- The win over Ohio marked the first time this season Marshall defeated an opponent with a top-100 RPI (last updated in April, 2016) this season.
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The Herd hits the road for a pair of games. Marshall plays at Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. and will take on Chattanooga Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.