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Tinnon is Marshall's family man

Dec. 30, 2012 @ 12:01 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Dennis Tinnon is a family man on and off the court.

Tinnon and his wife, Robin, welcomed a new family member Wednesday when Dennis Tinnon III was born. They already had a daughter, Denyah, 31/2.

Somehow, he also has time for his Marshall Thundering Herd basketball family.

Tinnon sleep walked through a double dose of practices Friday. but it had to be done.

Marshall has slumped to a 7-6 record with two non-conference games left to play before beginning its Conference USA schedule.

"To do what we want to do, we've got to pull together and play as one," he said.

"We're a real talented team and can go far if we get our minds right."

Meanwhile, back on the home front Tinnon's wife and son are out of the hospital and doing fine.

Dennis Tinnon III checked in at 7 pounds, 2 ounces and 20 inches.

Considering his father was 7 pounds, 1 ounce and 191/2 inches at birth, the Herd might have another forward coming along.

"I think possibly he'll be about 6-foot-9," the 6-8 Tinnon said.

Tinnon proudly showed off a "DT3" tatoo inside his right bicep on Oct. 11 at Marshall Media Day. He has "Robin" and "Denyah" tatooed on his chest.

Jugglling his family responsibility with basketball and school should be easier the second time around, Tinnon said.

"The first year with Denyah was kind of tough with helping my wife and being up all hours of the night and then going to class," he said.

Denyah is old enough to help with the baby, he said.

Tinnon, who turned 24 on Dec. 9, is a Marshall senior forward and co-captain averaging 11.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. He's shooting 46.4 percent from the field and has shown a nice touch on 3-point shots this season, going 6 of 14 for 42.9 percent.

The preseason All-CUSA second team selection is as disappointed as anyone with how the season has gone, but is determined to turn it around.

"It's about us molding together," he said. "Basically right now we're looking at it like we're zero and zero (wins and losses) and taking it one game at a time."

Marshall was in a similar situation late last season after losing consecutive games at Tulsa and at UCF when head coach Tom Herrion rallied the troops to win four of the final six regular season games and head into the C-USA tournament with some momentum.

The Herd won three more games in the tournament before losing to Memphis in the finals.

"He (Herrion) knows it's there and we know it's there," Tinnon said. "We just have to dig deep to find it.

"Anything can happen."

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