Road woes hurt Herd again
NEW ORLEANS — Tulane, which had scored 50 total in its previous two games, lit up the Devlin Fieldhouse scoreboard for 59 in the first half Wednesday and rolled past Marshall University, 91-75, in a Conference USA men’s basketball game.
Marshall offered no resistance defensively, Thundering Herd head coach Tom Herrion said.
It was the most points given up by Marshall in the opening period of any game this season, even more than Ohio with 56 in a Jan. 5 blowout win (94-57) and Southern Miss with 53 in a Jan. 23 romp (102-46).
“Thoroughly disappointed with our deplorable defense in the first 20 minutes,” Herrion said. “No resistance. No fight.”
Marshall remains winless in true road games at 0-8 and is 1-10 away from home overall with its only victory against District of Columbia, an NCAA Divison II opponent, at a neutral site.
Tulane (15-8 season, 3-5 conference) led by 59-35 at halftime.
“It was fun and this was how this team needs to play,” Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. “It’s been a struggle, for whatever reason at times, to get this group to have that flow on the offensive end. Tonight in the first half that was the vision. Tonight we had a great feel just moving the basketball”
Marshall cut into the gap at 64-49 on Dre Kane’s tip-in at 13:04 of the second half and whittled the deficit to 74-60 when Kane sank a pair of foul shots with 6:58 to go, but it wasn’t enough.
The Herd fell to a 10-13 season record and is also 3-5 in the conference.
Tulane forward Josh Davis led the assault with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Ricky Tarrant followed with 19 points, Kendall Timmons added 16 and Jordan Callahan scored 12 on 3-point shots. Tulane picked up 21 points as a result of Marshall committing 16 turnovers and won the rebounding battle by plus-4.
Callahan, once a starter for Tulane, led a 25-12 advantage for the Green Wave in bench points.
Marshall forward Elijah Pittman fired in 23 points while forward Dennis Tinnon and Kane recorded double-doubles. Tinnon scored 13 and grabbed 12 rebounds. Kane had 14 points with 11 assists.
The turnout of 2,158 spectators saw a lot of fouls called — 26 by Marshall and 20 by Tulane. Rob Goff of the Herd fouled out with 1:21 remaining. He had eight points and four rebounds.
Tulane made 22 of 34 free throws and Marshall was 14-for-22.
Marshall continues the road trip with a Thursday bus ride to Birmingham, Ala., and two days of practice for a 3 p.m., Saturday, game against UAB in Bartow Arena.
UAB (10-13, 2-6) won Wednesday at Tulsa, 70-63.