The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

November 10, 2012

Herd opens season with an 81-47 victory

HUNTINGTON — Preseason All-Conference USA selection DeAndre Kane had 18 points, eight assists and three blocked shots to help Marshall cruise to an 81-47 win over Longwood in front of 5,472 fans at the Cam Henderson Center Friday.

It was the Herd’s seventh-straight season opening win.

The Herd defense limited Longwood to 17-of-57 from the field for a 29.8 shooting percentage. The 47 points allowed was the least amount in a season opener since 1950-51, when Marshall forced Fairmont State to just 34 points.

Nigel Spikes finished with a team-high five steals. The senior forward just missed out on a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Marshall benefited from accurate shooting, finishing 29-for-57 from the field for a 50.9 percent average and making 6-of-14 3-pointers. The Herd was also took advantage of 18 Longwood turnovers, which it produced into 28 points.

Kane finished 6-of-11 from the field and went 6-of-10 from the free throw line, while also adding four rebounds and a steal.

Marshall 81, Longwood 47

LONGWOOD (0-1)

Kessens 2-5 7-10 11, Havenstein 0-0 0-0 0, Woodhouse 2-5 0-0 5, Carey 4-16 0-0 8, Robinson 1-9 0-0 3, Taylor 2-8 1-5 5, Ziegler 2-3 1-2 5, Parker 0-1 0-0 0, Dublin 4-10 2-2 10. Totals 17-57 11-19 47.

MARSHALL (1-0)

Tinnon 2-8 0-0 4, Goff 2-3 3-4 7, Spikes 4-5 2-7 10, Scarver 6-10 3-3 18, Kane 6-11 6-10 18, Martin 3-8 0-0 7, Hanner 3-5 1-2 8, Pittman 3-6 2-2 9, Kambola 0-0 0-0 0, Manning 0-0 0-0 0, Mbao 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-57 17-28 81.

Halftime—Marshall 35-20. 3-Point Goals—Longwood 2-15 (Woodhouse 1-3, Robinson 1-5, Parker 0-1, Carey 0-6), Marshall 6-14 (Scarver 3-4, Hanner 1-1, Pittman 1-2, Martin 1-5, Kane 0-2). Fouled Out—Havenstein, Kessens. Rebounds—Longwood 27 (Dublin 8), Marshall 49 (Goff, Spikes 9). Assists—Longwood 9 (Woodhouse 4), Marshall 17 (Kane 8). Total Fouls—Longwood 22, Marshall 18. A—5,472.

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