From Staff Reports
BECKLEY — The Marshall men’s basketball team’s road winless streak climbed to six in demoralizing fashion Wednesday night as the Herd had no answer for Southern Mississippi in a 102-46 loss in Hattiesburg, Miss.It was the Thundering Herd’s (9-10, 2-2 Conference USA) fourth straight double-digit road loss. Marshall already had lost by 28 at Kentucky, by 37 at Ohio and by 11 at the University of Texas at El Paso. Wednesday’s loss eclipses the Ohio loss as the worst in Marshall Coach Tom Herrion’s career. The Herd has lost five of its last seven.“We did not compete from the tip to the buzzer,” Herrion said after the game. “I apologize to our fans. We never gave ourselves a chance. It was a lack of competitiveness from the first guy to the last, totally from top to bottom, and that starts with me.”Elijah Pittman led Marshall with 16 points and DeAndre Kane added 13, but the Herd was never in the game.Marshall opened the scoring with an Elijah Pittman 3-pointer 19 seconds into the game, but the Golden Eagles (16-4, 5-0 C-USA) pummeled the Herd after that, going on a 47-4 run to lead by as many as 40 with six minutes to play in the first half. Marshall trailed by as many as 51 in the game.The Herd had a dismal night in every aspect of the scoresheet. Marshall shot 13 for 39 (33.3 percent) from the floor, 7 for 21 (33.3 percent) from 3-point range and 13 for 33 (39.4 percent) from the free throw line. The Eagles outrebounded Marshall 34-23 and forced the Herd into a season-high 31 turnovers. “That’s as bad a butt-kicking I’ve ever taken as a coach,” Herrion said. “That’s something we need to get corrected, and real quick. That’s an awful performance from our group and I take the blame for that.”The Eagles, who had one player, Dwayne Davis, averaging double digits entering Wednesday’s game, had five in double digits against Marshall. Jerrold Brooks scored 20 points, while Davis added 19, Rashard McGill scored 13, Daveon Bordingham scored 12 and Michael Craig scored 10.The Herd will stay on the road, travelling from Hattiesburg straight to Memphis, Tenn., for a 2 p.m. Saturday matchup with Memphis. The Tigers (15-3, 4-0 C-USA) overcame a 15-point first-half deficit Tuesday night to beat Tulane 71-60 and win their ninth straight game.