Scarver steps up for Herd
HUNTINGTON — D.D. Scarver wasn't surprised when he made 10 consecutive foul shots at the end of a Marshall University men's basketball victory Wednesday night.
Neither was Marshall head coach Tom Herrion.
"It's free throws," Scarver said Friday before practice. "I should make them."
Scarver made all 10 of his foul shots in the final 1:17 for Marshall (4-3) in a 70-67 defeat of Morehead State in Cam Henderson Center. He sank 12 of 13 in the game, increasing his season percentage to 87.5.
Morehead State was pressuring Marshall full-court attempting to catch up, and the Thundering Herd used Dre Kane as the trigger man feeding the basketball in bounds to Scarver. Scarver used his quickness to catch the passes and did what he's supposed to do, Eagles head coach Sean Woods said.
"I knew he would make them," Herrion said.
Scarver, who also made an important 3-point shot and scored 17, is 21-for-24 this season at the foul line.
The junior guard said there's no special routine he goes through when shooting foul shots, he just focuses on making them.
He's good at it because he practices a lot, he said.
Last season at Trinity Valley Community College in Texas, where Scarver was a junior college All-American, he tossed in 83.1 percent of his foul shots with some prolific performances His 2011-12 season of going 212-for-255 on foul shots included making 19 of 21 against Lon Morris College, 16 of 17 against Kilgore College and 12 of 12 against Tyler Junior College.
D'aris Devante "D.D." Scarver from Birmingham, Ala., will be back on the court Saturday when UNC Wilmington (3-3) plays Marshall at 7 p.m. in Cam Henderson Center. General admission tickets are $10, but can be purchased for half-price by donating a canned food item to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the Huntington Area Food Bank.
Scarver's 14.1 scoring average is tied for second on the team with forward Elijah Pittman and trails only Kane at 16.0 per game.
He's also the team 3-point shooting leader at 37.2 percent on 16-for-43.
Marshall is 22nd nationally in scoring (80.7 ppg) and 16th in rebounds per game (43.3). Forward Dennis Tinnon grabbed 16 rebounds against Morehead State and is first on the team with 9.0 a game while center Nigel Spikes averages 8.6.
Kane is second in the nation with 8.9 assists a game.
UNCW has only one player averaging double figure points, 6-foot-8 senior forward Keith Rendleman, and he poses big problems, Herrion said.
Rendleman, a preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, leads the Seahawks with 16.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Last season he had 15 points and six rebounds in a loss to Marshall at home, 69-64. The Seahawks also have junior guard Tanner Milson averaging 7.7 points and 6-9 Cedrick Williams posting 6.7 points and 8.0 rebounds.
Marshall's low post defense will face one of the biggest tests this season, Herrion said.
UNCW is 0-3 away from home with losses at Richmond (101-58), Ohio (85-47) and Purdue (66-40. Herrion said it's a relatively young team that has struggled on the road at times and scores can be misleading.
The Seahawks are scoring only 53.7 points a game.
Buzz Peterson is in his third season coaching the Seahawks, and he's faced the Herd before. Peterson was on the bench last season when Marshall won at UNCW. He was the Appalachian State head coach in 2010 when the Mountaineers won a CollegeInsider.com Tournament game in Huntington.
UNCW is ineligible to compete in the postseason this season because of low Academic Progress Rate scores.