Dec. 10, 2016
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. —Jon Elmore’s second straight double-double from a career-high 35 points and 10 assists helped the Marshall men’s basketball team defeat the Toledo Rockets, 111-105, in overtime on Saturday night at the Cam Henderson Center.
The Herd improved to 6-3 on the season and 6-0 at home behind junior guard Jon Elmore’s 35 points, which tied a career-high for him, and senior guard Stevie Browning’s 27 points. The win also ended a two-game skid against the Rockets, as their last win over their former MAC foe came on January 11, 2003 in a 79-58 victory in Huntington.
The game was Marshall’s first of the season to go to overtime. As for Toledo, it was its fifth game already this season to finish in overtime (2-3), which is the most in the nation.
The Herd started the game on a 7-0 run, only for Toledo to go on an 11-0 run of its own. Toledo took the lead at the 15:06 mark, and held on to this lead for the majority of the half. Foul trouble hurt the Herd, as Marshall reached 10 team fouls before the 10 minute halfway mark of the first half.
Marshall tied the game late in the first half, and went into the half tied at 44 apiece.
Marshall started out the second half hot on a 10-2 run, but then, like the first half, the Rockets went on a run of their own, taking the lead at 62-61 after a 12-5 run.
Marshall would then take the lead with back-to-back baskets from junior Milan Mijovic and Elmore, and would steadily hold on to a close lead for the next eight minutes. The Herd had as high as a seven point lead until Toledo tied, and then took the lead back with 4:28 to go in the half.
Following Nate Navigato’s back-to-back threes for Toledo, giving them a four-point lead, Marshall found themselves down four with just over a minute to go. Ryan Taylor was fouled on a made layup, but could not convert on the free throw from the line with 59 seconds to go, cutting the Rockets’ lead to two.
Marshall then forced a turnover, and Browning’s layup tied the game at 93 all with 26 seconds remaining. Toledo elected to hold for the final shot in regulation, but could not get a quality shot off, sending the teams to overtime.
Overtime began with Taylor stealing Toledo’s tip-off win and finishing it home, giving Marshall the early 95-93 lead. The teams went back and forth until senior guard Austin Loop nailed a three-pointer with 1:46 left in overtime, giving Marshall the 105-102 lead. The Herd would not trail again, as Browning and Elmore scored the final six points, four from the line, giving Marshall the 111-105 victory.
Head coach Dan D’Antoni
“This was an early Christmas present for Herd fans and for people around the state. That was a heck of a ball game. Great job by Toledo. They are well coached and they are senior-laden. They were picked to win the upper half of the MAC.
“I owed them one for many years ago. I was happy for our team. I think we gave the fans around here a good show and I’m happy we can be a part of celebrations around here.”
On the offensive output tonight:
“We are capable of doing this every night. We lost our ball movement against Eastern Kentucky. We were trying to make plays outside of our offense. We were trying to make individual plays rather than play as a team with the ball. We had some good heart-to-heart practices and it seems to be working so far. I want to thank the fans for their support and I hope they keep coming back. “
On the similarities between this game and Southern Miss last season:
“The difference is we had to play all game long to stay with this club. We played like dogs against Southern Miss last year, it took them being up by 20 points to really get us going and we started to play. This game was competitive all the way through and it was at a really high level. It’s a much better game to watch, and you’re not going to beat the end of it. That was a great ending to a great game.
“Jon [Elmore] and Stevie [Browning] were awesome, Ryan [Taylor] made plays when we had to have them. [Ajdin] Penava was very effective when he was in the ball game. We have to enjoy this. This is fun. This program is on the rise and we are going to get it where it needs to go.”
No. 2 senior guard Stevie Browning
On making runs:
“That’s basketball. It’s a game of runs. We did a good job of making our own runs and countering theirs.”
On the atmosphere compared to the overtime game against Southern Miss last season:
“The atmosphere was close to the same as it was last year. The crowd was into it. Both were great games and you love to win those kinds of games. Those are the best wins.”
No. 33 junior guard Jon Elmore
On his stamina after playing 41 minutes:
“I’m ready to go again. We could line it up again and I’d be ready.”
On the offensive output:
“Coach D’Antoni talks to us about wanting to average 100 points a game, which is tough. I think we were clicking on all cylinders, we were playing Marshall basketball and we were rolling.”
On the offense:
“We just executed. Our bigs rolled hard tonight, we played at the pace we want to play, we pushed the ball and everything was clicking. It seemed like we were rolling on offense and it was a lot of fun.”
On drawing the charge on Steve Taylor:
“I thought [Taylor] was going to dunk on me, but I sacrificed my body for the team and came out successful.”
POST-GAME NOTES: MARSHALL 111, TOLEDO 105 (OT)
- Tonight’s contest was the 55th between the Herd and Rockets. Toledo has a 33-22 lead in the series after tonight’s Herd win.
- Marshall is 6-0 at home for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
- Tonight’s game was the first overtime game for the Herd this season. Marshall defeated Southern Miss, 108-106, in its last overtime game on Mar. 5. Austin Loop hit a shot at the buzzer to win that game for the Herd.
- Tonight’s win was the first for the Herd when tied at the half with Dan D’Antoni as head coach. Marshall was 0-3 when tied at the half under D’Antoni entering tonight.
- Tonight was the first time the Herd was tied at the half this season. Marshall and Toledo were tied at 44 at the half.
- Jon Elmore has scored in double-figures in every game this season (35 tonight).
- Elmore set a season-high with 35 points tonight. His previous high was 28 vs. Ohio on Nov. 30. Elmore’s 35 also tied his career-high, set against Southern Miss in an overtime game on Mar. 5.
- Elmore has scored 20-plus points in six of the Herd’s nine games this year.
- Elmore had his second straight double-double for the first time in his career.
- He is the first player to do so since James Kelly did so vs. Southern Miss (March 3) and at UTEP (March 10).
- After shooting 1-for-15 from three-point range in the first eight games of the season, Ryan Taylor was 2-for-3 tonight from behind the arc.
- Taylor also reached double-figures in scoring for the fourth straight game, finishing with 12.
- Austin Loops four three-pointers gave him the No. 3 spot for career three-pointers in Marshall history.
- Phil Bledsoe tied his career-high of seven points tonight.
- The Herd scored 100-plus points for the first time this season. The Herd scored 100-plus points three times last season.
- The last time Marshall scored 100 points in a non-conference game was Nov. 12, 2013 vs. Rio Grande. The Herd scored 119.
- Marshall has scored at least 70 points in all nine contests this season for the first time since the 1995-96 team.
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Marshall will returns to the road to play in its fourth of six road games in the month of December when it takes on the Akron Zips on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. The Zips lead the series, 13-11.