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Elmore and Burks' Late-Game Heroics Push Men's Basketball Through Chattanooga

Dec. 5, 2017

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va.—Junior guard C.J. Burks scored seven of the final 10 points for Marshall, while Jon Elmore made a clutch block in the final seconds, as the men’s basketball team edged by the Chattanooga Mocs in a 70-66 victory on Tuesday night at the Cam Henderson Center.

With the win, Marshall improved to 6-3 on the season and 6-0 at home, while Chattanooga fell to 4-5. Marshall broke a five-game losing streak against its former Southern Conference foe. 

Burks led the team in scoring for the first time this season with 23 points, shooting 10-of-20 from the field. Elmore added 22 points, while junior forward Ajdin Penava fell collected his sixth double-double with 10 points and a team-high 10 rebounds and career-high nine blocks.

The Herd was held to a season-low 30 points at the half, and trailed 36-30 at the midway mark. The Herd faced foul trouble early on, accumulating nine team fouls in the first half, seven of which occurred before 4:58 to go in the half.

Marshall started the second half on a 15-1 run, and took the lead with 15:45 remaining following a jumper from Elmore. Chattanooga did not record a field goal until just over seven minutes into the half.



The Herd led by as many as nine, but the Mocs gradually cut into the Marshall lead and took a lead of its own following a 7-0 run with 2:45 to play. Following this lead change, there would be three more lead changes until Burks recorded four straight points capped by a steal and layup with 45 seconds to play.

Up by one point following a Mocs’ basket and Herd turnover, Elmore recorded a block with under 10 seconds to play. He was fouled and made one-of-two from the line. Chattanooga missed a rushed three-point attempt, which allowed redshirt freshman Jannson Williams to gather the rebound and make two ensuing free throw attempts after he was fouled with under one second to play.

Marshall won, despite scoring a season-low 70 points. It was the lowest offensive output in a win for the Herd since a 64-63 win over Old Dominion in the Conference USA Quarterfinals last season. The Herd shot 29-of-62 from the field (46.9 percent) and 1-of-16 (6.3 percent) from beyond the arc.

Overall, the Herd shot 29-of-46 (46.8 percent) from the field and made just 1-of-16 (6.3 percent) three-point attempts. It also made 11-of-17 free throws. Marshall had advantages in points scored in the paint, points off of turnovers, fast break chances and bench production. Chattanooga only had an advantage in second chance points.


  • Tonight’s meeting was the 49th all-time between the Herd and Mocs. Chattanooga holds a 29-20 lead in the series.
  • The Herd is 13-9 against Chattanooga at the Cam Henderson Center.
  • Tonight’s win was the first for Marshall against Chattanooga since a 90-83 win at the Cam Henderson Center on Dec. 23, 1996. Marshall was a member of the Southern Conference at that time.
  • Tonight’s win snapped a five-game losing streak against Chattanooga.
  • This was the second consecutive game that the Herd held its opponent to fewer than 70 points.
  • Marshall is 39-14 at home under head coach Dan D’Antoni and a perfect 6-0 this season at the Cam Henderson Center.
  • Marshall won just its 12th game under D’Antoni when trailing at the half.
  • Marshall trailed at the half at home for the second time this season. The Herd was down by six tonight and trailed by 15 in the season opener against UT Martin. Marshall won both games.
  • Tonight’s game was the lowest scoring output for the Herd this season (70).
  • Jon Elmore’s streak of consecutive double-digit scoring games is second in the NCAA (44), trailing only Wofford’s Fletcher Magee.
  • Ajdin Penava is one of two players in Conference USA to rank in the top five in the conference for points (fifth, 18.1), rebounds (third, 9.5) and field goal percentage (first, .675). UAB’s Chris Cokley is the other.
  • Marshall’s 30 first half points are a season low.
  • The Herd began the second half on a 16-1 run, forcing seven turnovers in the first seven minutes of the half.
  • The Herd’s streak of games with a made 3-pointer was extended to 851 with Jon Elmore’s first half trey.
  • The Herd won despite making just one 3-pointer.
  • The Herd extended its home nonconference win streak to 16 games. The Herd’s last nonconference home loss was to Akron in 2015.
  • Ajdin Penava, Jon Elmore and C.J. Burks have scored in double-figures in each of the Herd’s first nine games.
  • The Herd had more points in the paint (38-30), points off turnovers (19-12) and bench points (9-6) than the Mocs.
  • Marshall held Chattanooga to less than 40 points in both halves (36 in the first half, 30 in the second half).
  • Rodney Chatman, Chattanooga’s leading scorer entering the contest, was held to just seven points and just two second half points.
  • Chattanooga’s two leading scorers off the bench, Joshua Phillips and David Jean-Baptiste, were held to a combined six points, with Jean-Baptiste being held scoreless.

The Herd returns to action on the road Saturday against another former conference foe at Toledo. Tipoff against the Rockets is set for 7 p.m.

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