Marshall basketball: Herd defeats Nevada without two big men
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Two bigs were out, leaving third-year Marshall Coach Tom Herrion with a short bench.
The Herd received plenty of big performances, however, and held the lead wire-to-wire in defeating Nevada, 89-82, in front of 5,583 fans here at the Henderson Center on Saturday night.
Marshall snapped a two-game losing skid to even its record at 3-3, but did so without junior center Yous Mbao and senior forward Robert Goff. The pair of interior players missed Saturday's game after sustaining injuries in a team practice Tuesday.
Both players were sent to the hospital after colliding during Tuesday's practice. Goff sat on the team's bench during Saturday's game, but Mbao made only a brief appearance in the arena in the first half. The 7-foot-2 center was rolled to the end of the team's bench in a wheelchair. He appeared to have on a neck brace.
Herrion said Goff was released from the hospital earlier this week. Mbao was released this afternoon and came into the Marshall locker room prior to the game.
Herrion said both players' return date is uncertain. A source said Mbao could miss the rest of the regular season.
Marshall cruised with only nine scholarship players available, led by Dennis Tinnon's 24-point performance. That ties his career high.
Three others scored in double figures for the Herd: D.D Scarver (15), Elijah Pittman (22) and Jamir Hanner (10). It was Hanner's first career double-digit scoring game. Pittman's point total was also a career high.
DeAndre Kane struggled from the floor but finished with 9 points and 13 assists, the second consecutive game he's dished out double-digit assists. It was Kane's third career double-digit assist game and tied a career high. He finished with matching 3-for-14 stat lines on field goals and free throws.
Marshall never trailed Nevada, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. The Herd scored the first five points and an 8-0 run made it 24-11 before the Wolf Pack called a timeout.
Pittman drained a 3-pointer as the halftime buzzer sounded to give MU its biggest lead, 40-24, at intermission.
Nevada (3-2) scored 58 second-half points and whittled away at the deficit, but got no closer than 5 points with 3:09 left.