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Tinnon keeps faith

MU hoops
Jan. 08, 2013 @ 12:50 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University men's basketball player Dennis Tinnon has confidence in the team turning things around in the Conference USA season.

Marshall (7-8, 0-0) hosts Tulsa (9-6, 1-0) at 7 p.m., Wednesday, in its first conference game.

The Thundering Herd has played twice in 2013, losing at home to Delaware State and on the road at Ohio University, but Tinnon is looking at the calendar beginning anew Wednesday.

"We've been losing, but that's 2012. This is 2013," said Tinnon, a 6-foot-8 senior forward averaging 10.7 points and leading the team with 9.3 rebounds per game.

Marshall enters the conference schedule on a three-game losing skid and losses in five of its last seven.

Tulsa played its conference opener Sunday at SMU and pulled out a 48-47 victory with two late 3-point field goals.

Scottie Haralson of the Golden Hurricane made a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left. SMU's Nick Russell made one of two free throw attempts with 20 seconds to go, leaving the Mustangs with a 47-45 edge. Pat Swilling Jr., the son of a former NFL linebacker, connected on the game-winning three with 3.8 seconds left.

All 12 C-USA schools play league games Wednesday.

"It's a terrible feeling knowing we've lost a lot of games," Tinnon said. "But we're zero and zero right now. We have to get ready for Wednesday's game and come to play."

Head coach Tom Herrion is looking for leadership from the three seniors -- Tinnon, Nigel Spikes and Rob Goff -- along with junior veterans such as Dre Kane and Yous Mbao.

Tinnon said he's telling teammates it's time to hit the switch.

"I know this group wants to win a lot of games," he said. "I think we're going to change it around and start winning games."

Marshall lost big Saturday at Ohio (94-57), but Tinnon said having junior guard Dre Kane back on the court was something positive.

Kane, a preseason All-CUSA selection averaging 14.2 points and 7.9 assists a game, played for 20 minutes against the Bobcats after missing four contests because of a broken hand. His right (shooting) hand is still hurting, but Kane played through the pain.

"Dre being back is great. He's a leader also," Tinnon said.

Tinnon said he can tell a difference when Kane is on the court.

TIP-OFF CLUB: Head coach Tom Herrion is speaking at the noon, Tuesday, meeting of the Tip-Off Club in the Marshall Foundation Hall across Fifth Avenue from Memorial Student Center at 519 John Marshall Dr.

Lunch is $15 for non-members, $12 for Front Court members, $10 for Center Court members and free for Supreme Court members.

ON THE AIR: Herrion's radio program airs at 7 p.m., Tuesday, from Gino's Pub, 2501 5th Ave. The broadcast is on WDGG 93.7-FM, WRVC 930-AM and 94.1-FM.

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