Herd Falls Victim to Monarch Home Streak, 67-50

Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone

NORFOLK, Va. – Austin Loop (South Webster) led a trio of double-figure scorers with 13 points for Marshall men’s basketball (11-19, 7-10) in a 67-50 loss at Old Dominion (23-6, 12-5) on Thursday in front of a crowd of 7,114 at Ted Constant Convocation Center.

The Monarchs’ triumph extended their win streak to five games, and made it 20 in a row at home. ODU’s home win streak is the 10th best in the nation.

The Herd’s loss was its fourth in the last 11 games. Marshall’s 50 points were its fewest since a 52-48 loss to UAB in Huntington on Feb. 23, 2013.

JP Kambola (Toronto, Ontario) started the game with a hot hand, putting up the first seven Marshall points. However, the teams kept it close throughout the first half with Old Dominion going up by as many as five at 10:51 after a 3-pointer by Ambrose Mosley. With 2:33 remaining before the break, the Herd took a three-point lead thanks to a triple by Loop, 27-24. A 5-0 Monarch run put ODU back in front, 29-27, at 1:50. Old Dominion kept its lead going into halftime, 33-29.

The game started to get away from Marshall a few minutes into the second half, after ODU went up by eight points thanks to back-to-back buckets by Trey Freeman (39-31, 17:28). In total, the Monarchs outscored the Herd 19-9 in the first nine minutes after halftime. A 7-0 run extended the Monarchs’ advantage to 13 at 13:38. ODU found a 16-point margin with 5:40 to go, up 58-42, and tied that margin with 3:30 left, 62-46. The dagger came with Old Dominion’s ultimate 19-point lead with a minute left, but the Herd curbed the Monarch win with two free throws by Tamron Manning(Georgetown, Ky.) in the final 25 seconds to seal the final score, 67-50.

Kambola and Justin Edmonds (Albion, Mich.) rounded out double-figure scoring alongside Loop with 11 and 10 points, respectively. ODU topped the Herd in rebounding (36-28), including a 13-8 edge on the offensive boards, and shot 48.3 percent from the field to Marshall’s 39.6 percent. The Herd turned it over 22 times, which the Monarchs cashed in for 18 points. Marshall converted 16 ODU turnovers into 14 points.

THE D’ANTONI DISH
Quotes from coach Dan D’Antoni:
On what Old Dominion did to halt the Herd’s comeback bid in the second half:
“I don’t think they did anything to cut us off. I think they just kept playing. We’re a young team and we play at a high level. Sometimes with young teams – we’re led by a freshman, sophomore and a walk-on sophomore – that’s all we have. When you say they cut us off; they’re tough. They’re a well-coached team. We were still doing the same things; we just weren’t completing the plays we completed earlier. That’s the difference between a better team and a young team, is the consistency that you do something and the length of time that you do it. Give them all the credit in the world. They’re a very good team.”

THE SERIES
ODU holds a five-game streak in the all-time series while leading the Herd, 8-4. Marshall’s last win against the Monarchs came Nov. 29, 2008 (68-84), and the Herd has never won in Norfolk (0-5).

UP NEXT
Marshall will close out regular season play with a grudge match at Charlotte on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Halton Arena. For all the latest information about Marshall men’s basketball, follow @HerdMBB on Twitter.

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