Southern Miss demolishes Marshall
HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Marshall’s Thundering Herd took one of its worst beatings ever Wednesday night.
Marshall scored the first points of the game on Elijah Pittman’s 3-point shot, but Southern Miss went on a 21-0 run fueled by many Thundering Herd turnovers and led by 40 in the first half before finishing a 102-46 men’s basketball victory in Reed Green Coliseum.
Southern Miss (16-4 season, 5-0 Conference USA) dominated every aspect in its 23rd consecutive homecourt victory, the fifth-longest active streak in the nation.
Marshall is 0-6 this season in true road games.
“We did not compete from the tap to the buzzer,” Marshall head coach Tom Herrion said. “Not one man. Not one guy.”
The worst defeats in 100 seasons listed in Marshall men’s basketball records were twin 68-10 thrashings by Cincinnati Church of Christ on Jan. 29, 1913, and again on an unspecified date in the 1913-14 season.
Wednesday’s 56-point margin matched the difference in a 118-62 defeat at DePaul on Feb. 14, 1976.
Also, it was the most lop-sided game between two C-USA teams ever, surpassing the 48-point margin for Cincinnati in a 105-57 win over Tulane on Jan. 29, 2001.
Marshall slumped to a 9-10 season record and is 2-2 in the conference.
“We never gave ourselves a chance,” Herrion said.
Marshall’s meager output of 13 field goals included four from both Pittman and Dre Kane who netted 16 and 13 points respectively.
Kane also had 11 of the Herd’s 31 turnovers.
The Herd shot 33.3 percent from the field and the 3-point line and just 39.4 percent on 13 of 33 free throw shooting.
Southern Miss outrebounded Marshall, 34-23, with Kane getting four to lead the team.
It started bad as Marshall starting players Dennis Tinnon and Nigel Spikes were benched as punishment for being late to a team meeting. They both played, but Tinnon contributed only 2 points and 2 rebounds with seven turnovers before fouling out with 4:03 remaining and Spikes had three points and three rebounds.
The Golden Eagles pulled away 47-7 with about six minutes left in the first half.
After falling behind by 40, the Herd didn’t get closer than 34 and the Southern Miss lead reached 56 with 1:03 to go.
Southern Miss, which made 63.2 percent of its field goals and was 11-for-20 on 3-point attempts for 55.0 percent, had five double-figure scorers topped by Jerrold Brooks with 20. Dwayne Davis had 10, Rashard McGill 13, Daveon Boardingham 12 and Michael Craig 10.
The Golden Eagles got 39 of their points as a result of Herd turnovers.
“I apologize to the fans listening,” Herrion said on the post-game radio show. “That was not reflective of how we want to compete.”
The game was scheduled for telecast on WCHS-TV 8, but a technical problem kept it off the air.
“We are unable to broadcast the Marshall-Southern Miss basketball game due to technical difficulties in Mississippi,” an alert posted on www.wchstv.com said. “We apologize for any inconveniences.”
CSS solved its technical problems in time to show the second half.