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Herd looks to re-establish strength inside

Nov. 14, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall's Thundering Herd is looking to "rebound" in the 2K Sports Classic men's basketball event.

That's "rebound" as in turning itself around after losing Sunday at Villanova, 80-68, and "rebound" as in collecting some missed shots.

Villanova (2-0) hammered Marshall (1-1) on the backboards by a plus-14 advantage.

Marshall also turned the basketball over 16 times and fouled 26 times -- all statistics that contributed to its first defeat of the young season.

"We didn't play well in any area," Thundering Herd head coach Tom Herrion said Tuesday before practice in Cam Henderson Center.

The Herd's next three games in the NCAA-exempt event are Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Hempstead, N.Y., against the University of District of Columbia, South Dakota State and host Hofstra respectively. The UDC Firebirds, coached by former NBA player Jeff Ruland, are 1-1 after losing at Villanova (78-58) and winning at home against University of the Sciences, an NCAA Division II team (76-63).

Marshall missed the first shot taken at Villanova. Rob Goff collected the rebound and scored. The game was well into the second half before Marshall got another offensive rebound, and the Herd finished with only three.

Last season Marshall was ranked eighth in the nation for rebounds per game (39.8), third in offensive rebounds (15.5) and 10th in rebound margin (plus-7.0). Marshall was outrebounded only 10 times in its 35 games. The Herd has 78 percent of last season's rebounding back, including forward Dennis Tinnon who was 22nd nationally with 10.0 a game.

Tinnon had nine rebounds Sunday, but no other Herd player had more than three.

"I didn't expect that," Herrion said of Villanova's edge on the boards. "It's something that concerns me and will be addressed."

Marshall turnovers led to Villanova scoring a lot of transition points and shooting 50 percent from the field.

Nobody fouled out, but starting players Goff, Tinnon and Spikes all had four. Elijah Pittman also had four.

D.D. Scarver was hot early, scoring 12 points, but picked up his third foul late in the first half and sat for the first six minutes of the second period. Scarver netted 22 points while Tinnon had 15, Chris Martin 13 and Pittman 12.

Herrion said one loss isn't going to define the season.

"We've got to get better," he said. "We've got time. Individually and collectively we've got to get better."

Marshall continues playing without freshman guard Kareem Canty because of an NCAA initial eligibility issue. Canty is practicing but not playing in games.

HERD TICKETS: Marshall has upper level tickets ($32) available for the Dec. 5 Capital Classic game against West Virginia in the Charleston Civic Center.

Big Green members and season ticket holders can call 304-696-4373 or 800-THE-HERD, or purchase at HerdZone.com. The public can purchase only through HerdZone.com.

Tickets for a No. 24 home game against Nevada in Cam Henderson Center lower level Section 101 will be available to the general public on Wednesday, Nov. 13. for $20 by calling 304-696-4373 or 800-THE-HERD.

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