Marshall tops Morehead State
HUNTINGTON — Morehead State wanted to foul Dre Kane, but he didn’t have the basketball.
So, the Eagles fouled D.D. Scarver, and that was a mistake.
Scarver made 10 consecutive foul shots in the final 1:17 for the Marshall Thundering Herd in a 70-67 victory over the Eagles in a men’s game Wednesday night at Cam Henderson Center.
Marshall (4-3) adjusted its press offense late in the game, having Kane feed the ball in to Scarver and the foul-prone Eagles put the junior guard at the line.
“I knew he would make them,” Marshall head coach Tom Herrion said about Scarver, an 87.5 percent free throw shooter. “That was by design.”
Scarver missed his first foul shot of the game and made the rest to go 12-for-13 in a 17-point performance.
Kane, who had identical shooting numbers of 3-for-14 from the field and at the foul line Saturday in a win over Nevada, continued his slump.
The All-Conference USA junior guard missed his first two foul shots, extending a string of misfires to nine in a row over two games,and finally connected on two with 1:25 left in the first half. When Kane made his first one, the crowd of 5,877 spectators applauded and he raised his arms.
“He’s not a shooter, he’s a multi-dimensional player,” said Herrion, complimenting Kane for his 13 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals.
Marshall center Nigel Spikes had 13 points and nine rebounds while forward Dennis Tinnon recorded his 15th double-double in 42 games for the Herd with 12 points and 16 rebounds. Jamir Hanner added five points and had six rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench.
Tinnon’s effort led the Herd to a plus-7 rebound edge.
“We attacked the boards hard today,” Spikes said. “Everybody — Dennis especially.”
The schools only about 65 miles apart along I-64 played for the 94th time in a series Marshall leads 50-44. It was their first meeting since 2007 and began a four-game contract that also has Morehead State visiting Huntington in 2014 while the Herd goes to Morehead, Ky., for games in 2013 and 2015.
Morehead State (4-3) had guard Jarrett Stokes with 14 points and forward Milton Chavis with 11.
The 6-foot-6 Chavis was averaging about 19 points per game.
“Chavis is really good, and we did a really good job on him,” Herrion said.
The Eagles of first-season head coach Sean Woods lead NCAA Division I with 26.1 fouls per game and were called for 32.The Herd made 28 of 44 foul shots (63.6 percent) while the Eagles went 8-for-16.
Woods said Scarver getting to the foul line was the key to the game.
“Forty-four to 16 (free throw attempts), it’s going to be hard to win on the road with that foul discrepancy,” the former University of Kentucky player said.
Marshall took a 24-23 halftime lead when Kane and Scarver combined to make four consecutive foul shots in the final 25 seconds of the first period.
The Eagles forged ahead, 32-31 on Bakari Turner’s layup at 15:28 of the second half.
Spikes tied it 32-32 with a foul shot and Marshall took the lead for good, 34-32, on Elijah Pittman’s dunk with 14:38 remaining. The go-ahead play began with Kane knocking the ball from Chavis. Scarver picked it up and passed to Kane, who fed Pittman for the score.
The lead reached 59-52 when Kane faked a behind-the-back pass and made a layup with 3:17 left.
Scarver’s foul shooting exhibition at the end included a pair that gave Marshall its largest lead at 63-55 with 1:02 to go.
“They were a good team, they came out aggressive,” Kane said. “We fought all night.”
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