Rebounds key in Herd's victory
HUNTINGTON — Dennis Tinnon's 16 rebounds were only part of the story.
Tinnon's count included six offensive rebounds, which was maybe a bigger factor when the Marshall University men's basketball team defeated Morehead State, 70-67, Wednesday night in Cam Henderson Center.
Nigel Spikes also had six offensive rebounds in his total of nine. Dre Kane collected four of his eight rebounds on offense. Elijah Pittman pulled three of his four rebounds off the offensive backboard.
Several times, a Marshall player's shot missed and a teammate cleaned up in a plus-7 rebounding game for the Thundering Herd.
"When you give up an offensive rebound, nothing good comes out of that," said Morehead State head coach Sean Woods.
"They did a good job, but we didn't do a good job blocking out."
Marshall (4-3) will attempt to find its shooting touch Saturday when UNC Wilmington (3-3) visits Saturday for a 7 p.m. contest. The Seahawks have been idle since Sunday when they won at home against Hampton, 61-60.
The Herd made only 33.3 percent of its shots against Morehead State and was 0-for-12 on 3-point tries before Pittman connected early in the second half, and finished just 2-for-17.
Kane hit on five of his 20 shots. He also made three of nine free throws and for the second consecutive game was back on the court afterward practicing.
"That's just me missing shots," the All-Conference USA junior guard said. "It will come. No biggie. We had a lot of open shots that we missed. A lot of shots were rimming out."
Junior guard D.D. Scarver was 2-for-10 shooting from the field, but made 12 of 13 foul shots, including 10 in a row in the final 1:17 to keep the Eagles down.
Morehead State (4-3) trailed most of the second half. The Eagles had a chance to tie when Scarver was charged with a turnover on an inbounds play with three seconds remaining, but Bakari Turner's 3-point try from the right side fell short and Kane's rebound limited the Eagles to one shot.
"We were relentless on the glass," Herrion said.
Marshall also missed 16 of its 44 foul shots, yet still outscored the Eagles from the line, 28 to 8.
Scarver led the Marshall scoring with 17 while Kane (13), Spikes (13) and Tinnon (12) also reached double figures.
For the Eagles, Jarrett Stokes netted 14 points and Milton Chavis scored 11.
UNCW won the first two games of a series with Marshall in the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons before the Herd broke through with a 69-64 victory last season in Trask Coliseum.
Seahawks head coach Buzz Peterson has faced the Herd while at UNCW and Appalachian State.
Keith Rendleman, a 6-foot-8 senior forward is averaging 16.3 points and 9.7 rebounds for UNCW. Junior guard Tanner Milson averages 7.7 points for a team scoring only 53.7 points a game.
UNCW has beaten UNC Asheville (67-59), Wofford (49-37) and Hampton while losing at Richmond (101-58), at Ohio (85-47) and at Purdue (66-40).