Jon Elmore's Double-Double Not Enough, as @HerdMBB Falls at Chattanooga
The Herd suffered its third loss of the season
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Jon Elmore's double-double from 27 points and a career-high 12 assists were not enough for Marshall to overcome Chattanooga, as the Herd lost, 96-85, Tuesday evening at the McKenzie Arena.
With the loss, Marshall falls to 5-3, while the Mocs move to 7-2.
It was an evenly fought game throughout, as there were 14 lead changes and four times the score was tied throughout the contest.
Elmore also had nine rebounds, while senior forward Ryan Taylor added 15 points and eight rebounds, and senior guard Austin Loop had 10 points as well. Tre' McClean had a career-high 35 points for Chattanooga.
Marshall and Chattanooga exchanged baskets to begin the first three minutes of play, with the Herd trailing, 8-7, with 17:00 left in the first half. Marshall went on a run thanks to six straight points in the paint with four points from Taylor and a layup from senior guard Stevie Browning at the 13:15 mark to give Marshall a 13-7 lead, but Chattanooga came back to tie it at 13-13 with a run of its own..
The Herd pulled away by going on a 9-3 run with points from Elmore, Taylor and junior forward Milan Mijovic to give Marshall a 22-16 lead at the 10:48 point. The Mocs cut the Herd's lead to two, at 22-20, but Marshall pulled away with another run, out-scoring Chattanooga, 12-5, to make the score 34-25 at the 5:50 mark. The outburst came from five Elmore points, a three-pointer from sophomore Aleksa Nikolic and two free throws from Browning.
Elmore added another three-pointer to help Marshall close out the half with a 41-33 lead after 20 minutes. The junior finished the first half with 13 points and seven assists, While Taylor had eight points and four rebounds.
The Herd shot 46.7 percent from the field in the first half, while 21 of its points came off of turnovers, which is a season-high.
The second half began with the Mocs going on a six-point fun in the first two minutes to make the score 41-39 with 18:03 left. Chattanooga would keep it continue to chip away at the Herd's lead, until a Touyo layup gave the Mocs a 46-45 advantage.
The two sides would continue to exchange baskets, as there was five lead changes and three times the score was tied in the second half.
The Herd's largest lead of the second half would get to seven, making the score 57-50, due to five points from Loop, a dunk from Taylor, a three-pointer from Browning and another layup from Elmore. Chattanooga went on of its to give it a 60-59 lead at the 10:40 mark.
The two sides continued to go back and forth, eventually with both sides tying it up at 70 apiece with 6:14 left, but that would be the closest Marshall would come before the Mocs closed out the game with the victory.
The Herd finished the game shooting 48.2 percent from the field, while collecting 32 points in the paint. Chattanooga finished the contest shooting 58.2 percent from filed goals, while it had 46 points in the paint.
Head coach Dan D'Antoni
"Hats off to Chattanooga on the performance. We're a little bit discombobulated, because we're missing Terrence Thompson and C.J. Burks. They can't be with us, but they practice with us. We aren't getting the benefit from that. I feel like we played better, but we had silly mistakes.
"I see us improving from here. At this point last year, we were 2-6. Now, we are 5-3 in a real tough schedule. We put this schedule together with that in mind.
We're finding out where we are and what we've got to do as a team, so we can be effective when we go into conference games. We'll see what we can do and see if we can get into the tournament afterwards."
On freshmen getting playing time:
"We're a young team. We do have Ryan [Taylor], [Austin] Loop and Stevie [Browning], but we're still having to use Ky're [Allison] and Phil [Bledsoe]. We're still young in a lot of ways. It shows up every now and then.
On Jon Elmore's performance:
Jon played well. I have to play him too long. I wish I didn't. When C.J. returns, that will take a load off. When Terrence comes back, that will take a load off of Ryan, because I had to play him for too long. Jon tries to take over games and we need to get him rested, so he doesn't get exhausted. He played a great game. I was proud of our kids, because they fought. I thought we improved since our game at Eastern Kentucky. Now we have to prepare for Toledo."
- Marshall has scored at least 70 points in each of its eight games this season. It is the first time doing so since the 1995-96 season.
- Jon Elmore had his first double-double since doing so vs. Old Dominion (Feb. 20).
- He surpassed his previous career-high of 10 assists (twice) with 12 assists tonight.
- Elmore has scored double-digit points in all eight games this season. It is the longest streak of doing so in his career.
- Elmore's 27 points marked the fifth team he has scored at least 20 points this season.
- Elmore is the third player for Marshall to collect a double-double this season.
- Austin Loop has made at least two three-pointers in each game this season.
- Loop is three three-pointers away from being No. 3 in school history.
- Loop has yet to miss a free throw this season, having gone a perfect 11-of-11 this season. He has made 19 straight free throws, which dates back to the 2015-16 season.
- Ryan Taylor had three dunks tonight, which is a season-high for individual dunks in a single game for the Herd.
- When Elmore connected with Taylor, Marshall made its first alley-oop of the season.
- Taylor had his fifth game of the year with multiple blocks.
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Marshall will return home to face the Toledo Rockets on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. Toledo leads the series, 33-21.