Marshall downs UNCW
HUNTINGTON — Dre Kane’s 16 points topped four Marshall University double-figure scorers Saturday in a 61-58 men’s basketball victory over UNC Wilmington in Cam Henderson Center.
Kane, who has struggled at the foul line all season, made a pair of free throws with 21 seconds left that put Marshall (5-3) ahead, 59-58. Kane then tipped the ball away from UNCW guard Craig Ponder that was recovered by the Thundering Herd with 1 second remaining.
UNCW (3-4) fouled D.D. Scarver and he sank two more free throws to set the score.
“We found a way to win,” Marshall head coach Tom Herrion said.
Ponder, a UNCW redshirt freshman guard from Bluefield, W.Va., fired in a personal-best 26 points for the Seahawks, who fell to 0-4 on the road.
The 6-foot-1 Ponder connected on 11 of 16 shots and was 3-for-4 on 3-point tries.
“Coming here to play in front of my family and friends, they kept pressure on me,” Ponder said. “They said we came to see you play and you better play good.”
Kane’s steal and dunk tied the teams, 28-28, at halftime after Marshall squandered an eight-point lead.
The lead went back and forth until Ponder drove for a layup that put UNCW ahead, 58-57, with 1:20 left in the contest.
Marshall gave the basketball back on a turnover by Kane, but Matt Wilson of the Seahawks missed a layup. The Herd had fouls to give and used two of them before Jamir Hanner knocked the ball loose for a UNCW turnover.
Kane missed a layup in transition and was fouled in a scramble for the rebound. Kane and Scarver made their free throws and Marshall sent its home crowd of 5,689 home happy.
The Herd scoring also included Elijah Pittman with 13, Scarver with 12 and Nigel Spikes with 10.
Spikes completed a double-double with 13 rebounds and Dennis Tinnon collected 12.
Ponder was the only UNCW player with double-figure points.