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Kane not coming out

Nov. 22, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Dre Kane won't complain about excessive playing time.

Kane was on the court for all but 13 seconds Sunday, officially playing 50 minutes for the Marshall Thundering Herd men's basketball team in a 103-100 double-overtime loss at Hofstra. Marshall head coach Tom Herrion said the junior never asked to be taken out of the game.

"I had to be on the floor to help my team win," Kane said.

Kane wasn't expecting to play that much, but the game was tight and teammates were in foul trouble so it happened. He also got in foul trouble, picking up his fourth during the first overtime, and had only three brief breaks on the bench when Hofstra players were at the foul line in the final 1:04 of the game.

Herrion said he's conscious of the minutes and will manage it.

Kane leads Conference USA in minutes played with 38 per game -- meaning he's sitting out for only two minutes of a conventional 40-minute contest -- and he's doing it at the physically and mentally demanding point guard position where the ball is in his hands most of the time.

Last season he logged 34 minutes a game, including playing 54 of the 55 in a triple-overtime defeat of Tulsa in the C-USA tournament when he scored 40. As a freshman in the 2010-11 season he was on the court for 31.6 minutes a game.

And, he's logging productive minutes.

The preseason all-conference first team selection received C-USA Player of the Week honors after recording the fourth triple-double performance in Marshall history with 33 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists at Hofstra that padded his season averages to 18.0, 4.8 and 8.4 respectively. He leads the conference in assists by a wide margin.

"He's obviously risen to the challenge of playing at point guard," Herrion said.

The 6-foot-4 Kane leads Marshall (2-3) into a 7 p.m., Saturday, home game against the Nevada Wolfpack (3-1) in Cam Henderson Center.

Marshall anticipated the possibility of having Kareem Canty as this season's primary point guard until the NCAA ruled the freshman academically ineligible for practices and games, which left Kane and sophomore Chris Martin to man the position. Martin is also producing in significant playing time, averaging 9.0 points in 26.4 minutes per contest.

"Everybody knew he (Kane) can score at will," Herd forward Dennis Tinnon said. "Now with him being at the one (point guard position), a bigger point guard, he can really distribute the ball.We all wish Kareem was our point guard this year. We're all sorry. But the next guy has to be ready to step up.

"I knew he had it in him. He's a terrific player.

Opposing teams have to respect Kane's scoring and that creates more opportunities for other players, Tinnon said.

The only meaningful point guard experience Kane had was the first nine games of his 2010-11 freshman season when Damier Pitts had an eligibility issue.

"It's nothing hard," Kane said. "Bring the ball down the court and set the offense up."

Kane is a shooting guard by design, and a point guard out of necessity.

Wherever he goes, it makes no difference.

"I'm just out there playing, giving my all every day to help my team win," he said. "If that's playing the point, two guard, three guard, I'm going to play it."

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