Tinnon, Marshall look to improve
HUNTINGTON -- Dennis Tinnon is averaging 10.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, which are respectable numbers for anyone.
Tinnon, however, expects to do more for the Marshall University men's basketball team that fell to a 2-3 record with a pair of weekend losses in the 2K Sports Classic. The 6-foot-8 senior forward had only six points and six rebounds when he fouled out early in the first overtime of a Sunday double-overtime loss at Hofstra, 103-100.
Marshall opened the weekend in Hempstead, N.Y., with an 80-58 blowout of NCAA Division II District of Columbia and fell in its second game against South Dakota State, 78-77.
"For me, a captain, I really didn't play well down there in any of the games," Tinnon said Tuesday before practice. "I've got to go out and play with more energy and (play) more free."
The Thundering Herd's next game is a 7 p.m., Saturday, clash with Nevada (3-1) in Cam Henderson Center.
Nevada junior guard Deonte Burton was named Tuesday as the Mountain West Conference co-player of the week after leading the Wolfpack to three wins and the title in its World Vision Classic. For the week, Burton averaged 17.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocks per game.
Marshall junior guard Dre Kane received Conference USA Player of the Week honors Monday after posting a 33-point, 11-rebound, 10-assist triple-double against the Hofstra Pride (3-2).
But, Marshall head coach Tom Herrion said the Herd didn't get the job done. Herrion said giving up 103 points was inexcusable and being outrebounded by 14 was disturbing.
Hofstra's 57-43 rebound advantage included 21 offensive misses.
"That's concerning to me," Herrion said. "That's something we thought we'd hang our hat on."
Tinnon, a preseason All-CUSA second team selection, ranked 22nd in the nation last season in rebounding. He was one of only 21 players nationally who averaged a double-double for the season -- 10.2 points and 10.0 rebounds.
A regular part of Marshall practices is the "War Drill," a physical, one-on-one exercise where Herrion throws the ball off the rim and players have to box out for the rebound.
Marshall didn't go to war last weekend, Tinnon said.
"That starts with me also," he said. "I didn't do a good job of rebounding. We just didn't get after it. We've got to make sure we put a hand on somebody. If you don't get that little nudge they're going to get you because they're coming in full speed."
Herrion said the problems can be fixed and the team will get better.
"Losing is not acceptable in our program," the coach said.