Jackrabbits nip MU, 78-77
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- D.D. Scarver's 3-point shot with 20 seconds remaining Saturday put the Marshall University men's basketball team in position for a victory.
Marshall had a five-point lead against South Dakota State in a 2K Sports Classic game at the Mack Sports Complex.
But, the game still had 20 seconds left and that was plenty for South Dakota State, a 27-win NCAA tournament team last season from the Summit League, and the Jackrabbits won, 78-77.
South Dakota State guard Brayden Carlson made a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left.
Marshall guard Chris Martin misfired on the front end of a one-and-one bonus foul shooting opportunity with 10 seconds to go, but the Thundering Herd still had a two-point edge.
Nate Wolters of the Jackrabbits rebounded Martin's miss and fed Chad White for the 3-point game winner with only two seconds to go.
"Very disappointing," Marshall head coach Tom Herrion said. "It was our game and we let it slip right through our hands."
Carlson led the Jackrabbits (2-2) with 23 points and five 3-pointers. Wolters, a guard getting attention from NBA scouts, scored 22, grabbed six rebounds and had 10 assists.White added 10 points.
Marshall, also 2-2, had enough offense and more than enough rebounding to win.
Dre Kane scored 19 and Elijah Pittman tacked on 16 while Scarver and Dennis Tinnon both had 10. Pittman and Tinnon collected 14 and nine rebounds respectively. Nigel Spikes contributed six points and seven rebounds. Rob Goff followed with six points and five rebounds.
Kane had eight assists. The Herd outrebounded the Jackrabbits, 42-29.
South Dakota State also burned Marshall with five 3-pointers in the first half while pulling away by eight, but the Herd withstood that. Pittman's offensive rebound and basket at the halftime buzzer put the Herd up, 41-40.
Pittman opened the second half with another rebound and basket that started Marshall on the way to its biggest lead, 59-53, with 12:06 left in the game.
Carlson and Wolters made 3-pointers around a Kane basket and the Jackrabbits were on top, 70-69, at the 4:50 mark. Goff snagged a rebound and scored to put Marshall back ahead, 74-72, and Scarver's 3-pointer made it 77-72.
South Dakota State's outside shooters burned the net again late.
"We didn't get the job done defensively and let two late threes beat us," Herrion said. "The three-point shot beat us the entire day. Our three-point defense hurt us mightily today."
Marshall completes its visit to Long Island with a 3 p.m., Sunday, contest against host Hofstra University. The Pride (2-2) defeated the University of District of Columbia (1-3) on Saturday, 74-59, after edging South Dakota State on Friday, 66-63, on a Shaquille Stokes 3-pointer with three seconds on the clock.
Hofstra displayed offensive balance and nearly 50 percent shooting Saturday against UDC.
Six players for the Pride reached double figures -- Stephen Nwaukoni 13, Jimmy Hall 12, Taran Buie 12, David Imes 11, Stevie Mejia 11 and Stokes 11. Nwaukoni and Moussa Kone both grabbed nine rebounds as Hostra controlled the boards, 50-32.
Marshall beat UDC on Friday, 80-58.
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