The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 24, 2012

Marshall to host Nevada tonight

Thundering Herd trying to end brief 2-game skid

By Gary Fauber
Assistant Sports Editor

— After a largely unsuccessful three-games-in-three-days stretch in New York state, Marshall returns home tonight trying to erase a two-game losing streak.

The Thundering Herd (2-3) will host Nevada at 7 p.m. at the Cam Henderson Center. It will be the first of a seven-game stretch in which the Herd will play in either Huntington or Charleston.

The trip to Hempstead, N.Y., for the 2K Sports Classic didn’t turn out the way Marshall would have liked. The team trailed District of Columbia by six in the second half before winning 80-58, but lost 78-77 to South Dakota State and 103-100 in double overtime to host Hofstra.

In the loss to Hofstra, junior guard DeAndre Kane played all 50 minutes and finished with a triple-double with 33 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. He became the first Marshall player to record a triple-double since Hassan Whiteside in 2010, and the first to do so with assists.

The stat that was especially tough for Marshall coach Tom Herrion to accept was the rebounding margin, won 57-43 by the Pride.

“It’s a very disappointing loss,” Herrion said. “We didn’t get the job done defensively. Giving up 103 points is inexcusable. I know it’s double overtime, but we didn’t do a good job defensively. Getting outrebounded by 14 is very disturbing to me.”

They will try to get everything corrected against a Nevada team that has won three straight after starting the season with a 78-64 loss to the Anteaters of UC Irvine.

The Wolf Pack hosted the World Vision Classic last weekend and had players reach the 1,000-point plateau in back-to-back games. Point guard Deonte Burton did it against Green Bay, while shooting guard Malik Story followed the next night against Southern Utah.

Burton (15.0 points per game, 1.8 assists per game) and Story (14.0 ppg) will start for Nevada. Rounding out the first five are forwards Kevin Panzer (7.3 ppg, 4.5 rebounds per game) and Devonte Elliott (6.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg) and guard Jerry Evans Jr. (6.5, 3.3).

Starting for the Herd will be Kane (18.0 ppg, 8.4 apg), forward Elijah Pittman (14.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg), guard/forward D.D. Scarver (13.4 ppg), forward Dennis Tinnon (10.4, 8.2) and center Nigel Spikes (6.6, 7.4).

— E-mail: gfauber@register-herald.com