Marshall edges Windsor in Canada, 84-80
WINDSOR, Ontario -- Marshall's Thundering Herd was tested Saturday night by the Windsor Lancers before winning, 84-80, in a men's basketball exhibition game in the St. Denis Athletic Centre.
Kareem Canty (21), Ryan Taylor (20) and Elijah Pittman (17) scored in double figures for the Thundering Herd, now 2-0 on its Canadian tour. Taylor grabbed 11 rebounds in his second double-double performance of the trip and Pittman snagged nine rebounds.
Marshall built a 38-32 halftime lead, but Windsor battled back to take a three-point lead late in the third quarter.
Canty's floating shot put Marshall in front, 57-56, after three periods.
Pittman flew in for an alley-oop dunk on a Canty feed before Shawn Smith scored three consecutive baskets inside, two of then dunks, that gave Marshall some cushion at 76-65 with 4:50 left to play.
The Herd led, 82-77, when Rotimi Osuntola of the Lancers missed an uncontested dunk that was rebounded by Josh Collins, who sank a 3-pointer that pulled them within 82-80 with 17 seconds remaining.
Taylor made a pair of foul shots for an 84-80 lead with 10 seconds to go.
"I don't think we could have asked for a better scenario and teaching opportunity," Marshall head coach Tom Herrion said. "Tonight was a prime example of why you take these types of trips. We were in a terrific ballgame against a very good team with great experience.
"I thought we played really well early and we played great late when we had to."
The Lancers aided their cause by going 10-for-32 on 3-point attempts.
Lien Phillip, a 6-foot-8 fifth-year player for Windsor, had 28 points and nine rebounds. Phillips was the 2013 Ontario University Athletics West Division Player of the Year.
Marshall received a tougher challenge than Friday night's game on the same court when the Herd bashed the Algoma Thunderbirds, 99-54.
"I was very impressed with Windsor and they are well coached," Herrion said. "They play with a five-year rule here so they have a lot of older guys. They are going to be picked as one of the top two or three teams in Canada this coming year."
The Herd travels about two hours for its next game Sunday at 3 p.m. against the Western University Mustangs on their Alumni Hall homecourt in London, Ontario.
Western lost its first time out Thursday against the Southern University Jaguars, a 2013 NCAA tournament team from the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Southern beat the Mustangs, 72-66, after beginning its Canadian tour with a win over Windsor, 76-71, in double-overtime.
The Mustangs were led against Southern by the backcourt scoring of Eric McDonald and Quinn Henderson with 17 and 16 respectively. Peter Scholtes, a 6-foot-5 forward, scored 11. The top rebounder for the Mustangs was 6-3 forward Greg Morrow with eight.
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