UAB shoots down Marshall
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- UAB got a lead by making 3-point shots and kept it the same way.
The UAB Blazers shot 9-for-16 (56.3 percent) from the 3-point line Saturday and dumped Marshall University, 75-61, in a Conference USA men's basketball game in Bartow Arena attended by 4,328, including about 100 supporting Thundering Herd guard D.D. Scarver in his hometown.
Scarver had a rough day with only one point. Scarver's streak of making at least one 3-point shot in every game this season ended, but the Blazers made plenty.
UAB led at halftime, 38-25. Several times in the second half Marshall had chances to get back within single figures. Each time the Blazers answered -- usually with a 3-pointer.
"We fell behind early and they were making threes," said Marshall head coach Tom Herrion. "A poor job defending the three-point shot."
The Blazers won for the third time in their last four games to go 11-13 for the season and tie Marshall in the conference standings at 3-6.
Marshall (10-14) lost for the fifth time in six games and is 0-9 in true road games.
Herrion's club plays twice at home this week -- Wednesday against Rice and Saturday against first-place Memphis.
Dre Kane attempted to bring Marshall back in the second half, getting 18 of his 23 points in the final 20 minutes.
Kane's field goal with 17:54 left to play was changed from three points two after officials checked the monitor and put Marshall within 40-30.
Jordan Swing of the Blazers fired back at the other end with a 3-pointer.
A pair of foul shots by Kane kept Marshall within 45-34 with 15:30 remaining.
UAB's Preston Purifoy answered with a 3-pointer.
Elijah Pittman's 3-pointer for the Herd sliced the margin to 72-61 with 2:59 left in the game.
Swing followed with another swished 3-point shot.
"We are still not making enough plays defensively to change the game and put us in a better position to win," Herrion said.
Kane and Pittman (15) accounted for more than half of Marshall's scoring. Dennis Tinnon scored nine to go along with eight rebounds while Nigel Spikes had six points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots, but also committed five of the Herd's 17 turnovers.
Marshall shot 44.9 percent from the field and was 14-for-24 on free throws.
UAB had balanced scoring from Rod Rucker (18), Purifoy (15), Swing (13) and Robert Williams (12). Rucker added 10 rebounds. Foz Alhodzic had eight points and nine rebounds.
The Blazers made 48.2 percent of their field goals, went 12 of 19 at the foul line and outrebounded the Herd, 37-29, to help offset 20 turnovers.