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Marshall plays Saturday at UTEP

Jan. 11, 2013 @ 06:05 PM

HUNTINGTON — Dennis Tinnon took only one shot and didn’t score in the first half of Wednesday’s game and that was OK.

Tinnon sacrificed his scoring for the good of the Marshall University men’s basketball team after drawing the assignment of guarding Tulsa’s Scottie Harralson.

The 6-foot-8 Tinnon got the job done on the 6-4 Harralson, helping hold him to six points on 3-for-12 shooting, in Marshall’s 79-61 victory.

“It’s not a tough task,” Tinnon said. “Just put your mind to it.”

Haralson is one of the best guards in Conference USA. He averages 9.8 points per game as a 35.1 percent 3-point field goal shooter.

Tulsa moved its senior shooter all around the perimeter looking for open shots. Tinnon didn’t give up many good looks.

That’s why Tinnon was a preseason all-conference selection.

“In order for us to win we had to lock him up,” said Tinnon, who ended the victory with six points and 11 rebounds. “I put a hand on him and made sure I knew where he was at all times.

“I was pleased with my effort, as well as the team.”

Tinnon will be guarding someone more his size Saturday when Marshall (8-8 season, 1-0 conference) plays at 9 p.m. against UTEP (7-6, 1-0) at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. UTEP is a much taller team with 6-7 Julian Washburn, 6-10 John Bohannon and 6-6 McKenzie Moore as starters and players coming off the bench such as 6-9 Cedrick Lang and 6-8 Chris Washburn.

“Real big, real physical,” Marshall head coach Tom Herrion said about the Miners.

Marshall (8-8, 1-0)
at UTEP (7-6, 1-0)
9 p.m., Saturday
Don Haskins Center (12,000)
El Paso, Texas
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