Marshall Falls to Hot-Shooting Memphis

Special to HuntingtonNews.Net

HUNTINGTON, WVJunior Dennis Tinnon recorded his ninth double-double of the season, but the Marshall men’s basketball team couldn’t top the hot-shooting Memphis Tigers as it lost 87-67 Saturday in front of 8,252 fans at the Cam Henderson Center.


Tinnon recorded 16 points, on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard DeAndre Kane also had 16 points to go with four assists, but had five of Marshall’s 10 turnovers.


Memphis (21-8, 11-3 C-USA) missed very little as it shot 59.6 percent from the field. It was the highest percentage allowed by Marshall this season. The Thundering Herd (17-11, 8-6) shot 40 perent from the field.


Marshall held a brief three-point lead after a Damier Pitts layup, but Memphis led for most of the contest.


“It was a disappointing performance by us in a lot of areas,” said Marshall head coach Tom Herrion. “Our defense was non-existent from tap to wire. I was thoroughly disappointed in that.”


Memphis never led by more than seven points in the first half and took a 42-37 lead into halftime after Chris Crawford made a three-pointer as time expired. Both teams shot well in the first half as Memphis made 64.3 percent of its field goals while Marshall shot 51.7 percent.


The Herd never got any closer than the halftime margin. After a 13-point Tiger lead with 8:01 to play, Marshall scored six unanswered points to trail 67-60 with 6:45 remaining. On the next Herd possession, Kane missed a dunk and the momentum shifted back to the Tigers who got most of their points in the frontcourt. Marshall was outscored 52-34 in the paint.


“Give Memphis a lot of credit, they’re talented, but we contributed mightily to that performance today,” Herrion said.


Shaquille Johnson scored 10 points for the fifth time in his last seven games. The senior guard also became Marshall’s all-time leader in games played, passing Darryl Merthie. He has missed just one contest in his career and has totaled 127 games.


Will Barton led Memphis with a game-high 24 points and six rebounds. Joe Jackson also reached the 20-point plateau with 21 points and was 13-of-15 from the free throw line.


The Tigers were 21-of-27 from the free throw line while the Herd shot just 15-of-28 from the charity stripe.


Marshall will next be in action at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at East Carolina.