Dec. 30, 2005
Marshall-Kennesaw State GameBook
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GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Thundering Herd used Mark Patton's 10th career double-double in route to a 77-74 overtime win over Kennesaw State in the consolation round of Furman University's Jack-In-The-Box Holiday Classic Friday evening.
Patton scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 27 minutes of action before fouling out in the overtime period to lead the Herd. Freshman wing Markel Humphrey (Ellenwood, Ga.) added his first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, Tre Whitted (Wilmington, N.C.) added 15 points and a career-high nine boards, and sophomore guard Mark Dorris (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored 18 points and corralled eight rebounds, both career highs.
Marshall had to stave off a feisty Owl team, who fell down by 15 in the first half and as many as nine in the second half.
Patton got his fourth foul with 10:04 to go in the second half with the Herd leading 50-42, and Kennesaw State jumped on Marshall without their senior center. Owls' point guard Golden Ingle led Kennesaw State back into the game and into the lead on an 18-6 spurt over the next five minutes, scoring 12 of KSU's 18 points during that time span.
Despite the run, Marshall maintained its composure and came through with key offensive rebounds in the last two minutes.
Ingle knocked in a free throw at the 1:40 mark to give the Owls a 65-60 lead, but the Herd responded with a lay-up to make the score 65-62, and then after an Ingle missed three, Patton rebounded a missed Whitted three-pointer with a three-point play opportunity on a made put-back and a foul with 44 seconds to go. Patton missed the plus-one chance, but Humphrey skied for the offensive rebound to give Marshall another offensive possession. Patton made one-of-two to tie the game at 65, and the Herd desperately watched as Ingle's last three-point shot of regulation rim in and out, sending the game into overtime.
Marshall started the overtime on a 7-1 run and weathered a Kennesaw State storm and a game-tying three-point attempt by Ingle as time expired to come away with the victory.
"We were down three when Tre took that shot and we got the rebound," said Marshall head coach Ron Jirsa. "Mark (Patton) fought hard and made a great effort to get the rebound. Patton really played great in the two games down here."
The senior from Barboursville, W.Va., scored 49 points and had 20 rebounds in the two games in Greenville.
"The thing about us tonight is that we didn't hang our heads," said Jirsa. "We fought back. This was our best effort game since I've been here."
The Herd took a 35-28 lead into the halftime break, and like the previous night against South Carolina State, Patton got off to another fast start, scoring nine points to pace Marshall in the first half. Whitted scored eight points, and Dorris added six in a very balanced opening stanza. Patton, who was 4-of-6 from the field, also added seven rebounds to lead the Herd, who out-paced Kennesaw State, 24-15, on the glass.
MU held its biggest lead of the first half at 30-15, and looked in control of the contest, but the Owls mounted a comeback, scoring the next 11 points and narrowing the Herd lead to 30-26. Marshall got a lay-up from Chris Ross and a three-point play from Patton to close out the half, while Kennesaw State's Golden Ingle added the Owls' only points after the 11-point run to make the score 35-28.
For the game, Marshall shot 50% from the field, but only 15.4% from three and 58.6% from the free-throw line. The Herd also committed 25 turnovers. But, MU was a force on the glass, out-rebounding the Owls 52-31.
Ingle led the Kennesaw State effort with 18 points. Ronnell Wooten added 15 points, Brent Ragsdale scored 14, and Dusty Moore came off of the Owl bench with 12 points.
Marshall returns to action with another road game at Appalachian State on January 4. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.