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Herd wins fifth in row in Canada

Aug. 21, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HAMILTON, Ontario -- Marshall University capped its Canadian men's basketball exhibition tour Tuesday with its fifth victory in five days.

Marshall defeated A Game Hoops, a team from a Toronto basketball academy for elite players, 83-71, in Burridge Gymnasium on the McMaster University campus.

"It's exactly what we thought, five games in five days, we were really tired," Marshall head coach Tom Herrion said. "But, we found a way."

Marshall surpassed 80 points in all five games and connected on at least 50 percent of its field goal attempts in every game except Tuesday when the Thundering Herd made 45.8 percent. Free throw shooting, a problem last season when Marshall had a 13-19 record, continues to be an area of concern. The Herd made just 11 of 22 foul shots Tuesday.

Senior forward Elijah Pittman, last season's leading scorer with a 16.1 average, scored 22 against A Game while grabbing eight rebounds.

Freshman point guard Kareem Canty had 16 points, three rebounds and four assists. Sophomore guard Tamron Manning scored 11 and had five assists.

Sophomore forward TyQuane Goard pulled down nine rebounds. Freshman forward Ryan Taylor and junior center J.P. Kambola both had eight rebounds.

A Game began the game with only five players before two more showed up.

Tut Rauch, a guard with professional playing experience in Sweden, topped the A Game scoring with 28 and collected nine rebounds.

Marshall opened the second half with a 10-4 run to take a 50-33 lead, its largest of the game. A Game pulled to within 59-57 after three quarters before the Herd pulled away again.

"Unfortunately we gave up a healthy lead at the end of the third quarter," Herrion said. "Our bench gave us great minutes, a lot of guys stepped up."

The Marshall bus left after the game and returned on a trip home of about 555 miles.

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