Kane only 2nd Herd player with scoring feat
HUNTINGTON -- Only two players in Marshall Thundering Herd men's basketball history have put up triple-double numbers in a game.
Hassan Whiteside did it three times in the 2009-10 season with points, rebounds and blocked shots. Junior guard Dre Kane joined the exclusive club Sunday with 33 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a game at Hofstra. Kane had the first Herd triple-double that included assists.
Kane was rewarded for his feat with the Conference USA Player of the Week award.
In three weekend 2K Sports Classic games in Hempstead, N.Y., Kane averaged 22.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 9.0 assists, but Marshall lost two of three, falling to a 2-3 season record with the Nevada Wolfpack (3-1) coming to Cam Henderson Center for a Saturday 7 p.m. contest.
Marshall won Friday against District of Columbia, 80-58, when Kane had 16 points, five rebounds and nine assists.
South Dakota State beat Marshall, 78-77, on Saturday with Kane contributing 19 points, one rebound and eight assists.
Hofstra downed Marshall, 103-100, in double overtime despite Kane's performance.
"We have a long way to go, a long way to go," Marshall head coach Tom Herrion said. "We have a lot of season left, but we have to go in and adjust some things. What we are doing on the defensive end isn't good enough to win."
Kane's scoring included 22 in the second half when Marshall erased a 13-point deficit.
Marshall forward Elijah Pittman, who added 20 points, sank a 3-point shot with seven seconds remaining that put the game in overtime. Kane's missed 3-pointer ended the first overtime. Hofstra outscored Marshall, 14-11, in the second overtime.
Herrion said the Herd played with courage and fought back. but it was too little too late.
Nevada (3-1) and Marshall are meeting for the fourth time in history. The Wolfpack leads the series, 2-1.
Last season's Western Athletic Conference regular season champion at 28-7 overall with a 13-1 conference record reached the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals in its ninth postseason appearance in 10 years.
The Wolfpack is now in the Mountain West Conference.
Coach David Carter's team went 3-0 last weekend to win the World Vision Classic it hosted at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nev.
Senior guard Malik Story scored 25 in a Sunday win over Southern Utah, 79-61, for the tournament title. The 6-3 Story reached 1,000 career points in the second half.
Deonte Burton, a 6-1 junior guard, leads the team with 15.0 points per game followed by Story's 14.0. Six-foot-eight freshman Cole Huff is the top rebounder on the club with 6.3 a game.
Nevada lost its opening game at UC-Irvine (78-64) and has won three straight against Cal State Fullerton (80-77), Green Bay (71-69) and Southern Utah.