Dec. 17, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -
Junior forward Robert Goff recorded his first double-double to lead the Marshall men's basketball team to a 79-59 win over High Point on Saturday at the Cam Henderson Center.
The Thundering Herd improved to 7-2 while the Panthers fell to 3-7.
Goff, one of five Marshall players to score in double figures, recorded 10 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and three steals.
Freshman guard Justin Coleman scored a personal-best 16 points, 13 in the first half, and also grabbed five rebounds.
"Justin helped us out and played well because he practiced well," said Marshall head coach Tom Herrion. "I challenged him and I think he is learning what I expect out of him and that pleases me."
Coleman was 2-for-6 from three-point range as Marshall collectively shot 25 percent (8-31) from beyond the arc. Both the makes and attempts from three-point range were season-highs due to a zone defense that High Point ran for most of the game.
"Our overall field goal defense was good, but we took too many three pointers," Herrion said. "We had a lot of open (three point) shots on offense, but overall it was too many."
Sophomore guard DeAndre Kane was 2-for-5 from three point range and scored 14 points to go with four rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Senior guard Damier Pitts recorded 11 points, eight assists, three rebounds and two steals but was also responsible for four of Marshall's season-low six turnovers.
The game saw four lead changes, all in the first half. High Point held a 24-17 lead, its largest of the contest with 7:56 to play in the half. Marshall used a 13-0 run over a span of nearly three minutes to take a 34-26 lead at the 2:46 mark.
Despite a half-court heave by High Point's Shay Shine that went in just as the half expired, Marshall took a 37-31 lead in to halftime.
In the second half, the Herd used a 22-5 run to build its largest lead of the game, 61-38 with 10:57 remaining in the game. However, the Panthers responded with a 14-0 run which included four consecutive three-pointers by Nick Barbour to cut the Marshall lead to 61-52 at the 8:00 mark.
"I give them credit for battling and hanging around," Herrion said. "We talked about defending the three-point line, because that's big for them and it showed when they made their run."
The game ended with a dunk by freshman Jamir Hanner, one of seven slams in the game by the Herd.
Senior Shaquille Johnson was 4-for-8 from the field and scored 10 points and dished out four of Marshall's 17 assists.
The Herd shot 44.8 percent from the field while the Panthers shot 38.9 percent including 52.9 percent (9-17) from three-point range.
Marshall outrebounded HPU 47-35 including 18 on the offensive end.
High Point was led by Barbour's 22 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field. All six makes were from three-point range.
Marshall will next host Belmont on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Cam Henderson Center.