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Herd blows past Golden Hurricane

Jan. 09, 2013 @ 10:07 PM

HUNTINGTON — Marshall’s Thundering Herd went on a 19-0 tear in the first half to pull away and rolled to a 79-61 men’s basketball victory Wednesday against Tulsa in Cam Henderson Center.

Marshall, 8-8 for the season, opened its Conference USA schedule with a rousing win.

The Herd had lost three games in a row and five of its last seven.

“I’m awfully proud of my kids,” Marshall head coach Tom Herrrion said. “I’m awfully proud to be the coach at Marshall.

“We played well for the majority of the game.

Marshall’s next game is 9 p.m. Saturday, at UTEP, which won Wednesday at Tulane, 66-57.

Tulsa, 9-7, is 1-1 in C-USA in its first season under head coach Danny Manning, a former University of Kansas assistant, who was also one of the best players in the history of college basketball for the Jayhawks. He was the 1988 NCAA Final Four most outstanding player when Kansas won the national championship.

Marshall dictated the flow and tempo of the game and put Tulsa behind early, Manning said.

Forward Elijah Pittman’s 19 points led Marshall. Guards D.D. Scarver and Dre Kane both scored 16. Kane also had seven assists.

The Herd made shots in a 45.0 percent from the field and 65.0 percent performance at the free throw line while limiting the Golden Hurrcane to 36.5 percent field goal shooting.

Marshall did commit 20 turnovers, but made up for it by dominating shorter Tulsa in rebounds, 47-32.

Forward Dennis Tinnon hit the boards for 11 rebounds and also pitched in six points. Center Nigel Spikes grabbed nine rebounds and scored seven points.

Backup forward Rob Goff contributed eight points and four rebounds from off the bench.

Tulsa had a trio of double-figure scorers — James Woodard (12), Shaquille Harrison (12) and Rashad Ray (11).

Marshall’s defense put the clamps on Tulsa sharpshooters Pat Swilling Jr. and Scottie Haralsoin who both netted six points. Swilling and Haralson combined on a 5-for-20 shooting game and were 1-for-9 on 3-point tries.