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Marshall has busy weekend

Nov. 15, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Dennis Tinnon wants to lead the nation in rebounds.

That goal is attainable for Marshall University's senior forward, but he was questioning the possibility after returning from a Sunday game at Villanova.

Villanova defeated Marshall, 80-68, and out-rebounded the Thundering Herd 37-23 in the process.

Neither head coach Tom Herrion nor Tinnon anticipated that from a Herd men's basketball team that was ranked eighth in the nation last season with 39.8 rebounds per game and third in offensive rebounds with a 15.5 average.

Tinnon was responsible for 25 percent of Marshall's rebounds in the 2011-12 season and his nine rebounds Sunday were more than that. But, none of his teammates had more than three.

"I got off the bus (after the flight home) and watched the tape twice," Tinnon said. "It was frustrating just to see that. We weren't getting any rebounds."

Herrion said several areas including rebounding are being addressed.

Marshall (1-1) leaves town again Thursday to continue the 2K Sports Classic with three games in three days at the Mack Sports Center in Hempstead, N.Y. Marshall plays District of Columbia (1-1), an NCAA Division II opponent, at 4:30 p.m., Friday; South Dakota State at 2:30 p.m., Saturday; and host Hofstra at 3 p.m., Sunday.

Villanova (2-0) beat the District of Columbia Firebirds, 78-58.

Tinnon mentioned the Herd's 58.1 percent free throw shooting in two games as something else that needs fixed.

"We're just not doing real well at the foul line," he said. "We leave so many points at the free throw line. That's a game-changer."

Marshall has also averaged 17.5 turnovers per game and Tinnon said giving the basketball away that many times results in losing.

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