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Hofstra edges Marshall in double OT

MU basketball
Nov. 19, 2012 @ 12:14 AM

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Dre Kane's triple-double performance wasn't enough.

Hofstra University emerged from a foul-filled, free throw dominated 2K Sports Classic men's basketball game Sunday with a 103-100 double-overtime victory over Marshall University on the Pride home court in the Mack Sports Complex.

Marshall (2-3) lost two of three weekend games on Long Island.

Kane, the Thundering Herd junior guard, pumped in 33 points, collected 11 rebounds and had 10 assists. He also had two steals, blocked a shot and committed only four turnovers at the point guard position while playing the full 50 minutes.

"Still not enough," Marshall head coach Tom Herrion said. "We didn't play well as a group."

Herrion said giving up 103 points was inexcusable.

Hofstra (3-2) had four fewer field goals, but outrebounded Marshall by a whopping 57-43.

The Pride's big advantage was at the free throw line, making 40 of 57 attempts, while the Herd made 26 of 42. A total of 69 fouls were called. Marshall had Dennis Tinnon disqualified early in the first overtime and D.D. Scarver followed later.

Kane making 10 of 15 foul shots and Rob Goff going 1-for-7 were at opposite ends of the free throw shooting misadventures.

Marshall made only four of 12 free throws in the first half while falling into a 37-31 deficit.

"They had as many free throws attempted as they did rebounds in the game and that's hard to do," Herrion said. "We didn't adjust to the whistle."

Elijah Pittman, who picked up his fourth foul in the first overtime, added 20 points and had seven rebounds for the Herd. Chris Martin scored 12 on four 3-point shots. Scarver netted 10 points while Nigel Spikes, who had four fouls early in the second half, and Jamir Hanner both had nine.

Shaquille Stokes led Hofstra with 26 points and five 3-pointers. Stevie Mejia had 22 when he fouled out in overtime, Jimmy Hall posted a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Moussa Kone's double-double included 14 points and 10 rebounds.

The teams entered the second five-minute overtime tied, 89-89.

Marshall turnovers on its first two possessions of the second extra period resulted in Hofstra going ahead, 94-89. Scarver's 3-point shot pulled Marshall within 96-94 with 40 seconds remaining. Kane made a 3-pointer that got the Herd as close as 101-100 with two seconds to go.

Stokes was fouled with one second left and connected twice at the foul line.

Pittman gave Marshall its first lead of the day in the second overtime. The junior forward sank a jump shot from the foul circle, drew a foul and made the free throw for an 89-86 advantage with 2:14 on the clock. But, Hostra forced a second five-minute overtime by making three foul shots in the final 1:19 to pull even, 89-89.

Hofstra led from the start and used an eight-point spurt to take a 64-51 edge with 9:19 to go in the second half.

'Marshall chipped away at the deficit, climbing into an 80-80 tie on Martin's 3-point field goal with 1:31 remaining. Elijah Pittman's 3-pointer with seven seconds left put the game in overtime tied, 85-85.

Too little, too late, Herrion said.

Herd players are out of school this week on Thanksgiving break and Herrion said the time will be spent on practice, practice and more practice.

"We've got to adjust some things and make some changes because of what we're going on the defensive end," he said.



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