Marshall Men Fall At Akron, 71-64
AKRON, Ohio – Akron’s Rick McFadden and Romeo Travis each scored 15 points in a 71-64 Zips win over the Thundering Herd Wednesday evening at James A. Rhodes Arena.
Akron improves to 18-8, 11-6 in the Mid-American Conference, while the Thundering Herd drops to 5-21, 2-15 in league play.
Marshall never led in the game, but the Herd kept things interesting for most of the contest with a hard-fought effort, especially on the glass. The Herd out-rebounded Akron, 37-25, and 19-7 on the offensive glass. Junior center Mark Patton (Barboursville, W.Va.) tallied his fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, and senior forward David Anderson (Levittown, P.R.) added his third double-double with a game-high 16 points and ten rebounds. Anderson was also a career-best 10-for-10 from the charity stripe on the night.
As has been the case in the Herd’s current five-game losing streak, Marshall had trouble putting the ball in the basket, and in Wednesday’s case, it ended up being the deciding statistic. The Herd was only 36.4% from the field and 21.4% from beyond-the-arc, while Akron fired in 46.8% of its shots, and 34.8% of its three-point attempts.
Things did not get off to a good start for the Herd in the early goings, as Akron jumped on the Herd, 7-0, off of three Marshall turnovers to start the game. MU did not get its first attempt from the floor until the 18:14 mark in the first half. Marshall battled back and cut the Zip lead to three points at one point in the first half, and hung around until the halftime break. Akron took a four-point lead into the half, 36-32.
Marshall scored the first four points of the second half to tie the game at 36, but the Zips responded with a seven-point stretch of its own to take the lead for good, 43-36. The Herd cut the lead to three at 45-42 with 10:40 to go in regulation on a LaVar Carter (Louisville, Ky.) jumper in the paint, but that would be as close as MU would get the rest of the contest. Akron would go on a 10-2 run after the Carter jumper to keep the Herd at bay.
“I thought Akron played well and had a steady game, especially in the second half,” said Marshall coach Ron Jirsa. “You can pick out the good things in the game, but we just need to find a way to get the job done. Time is running out.”
A.W. Hamilton (Georgetown, Ky.) joined the double-digit scoring parade with Patton and Anderson with ten points of his own.
For Akron, McFadden and Travis were the only two Zips players to score in double-figures with 15 points.
Marshall returns to the Henderson Center for its regular season finale against Miami on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m., and has been selected as the MAC’s Game of the Week. The game can be seen live locally on Fox Sports Ohio.