Saturday February 2, 2013
Marshall men's basketball: Herd swats UCF, 75-71
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Marshall's defense was suffocating early in the game, as the Knights, who entered Saturday second in C-USA shooting 48.3 percent from the floor, made just three of their first 18 shots. UCF shot 41.3 percent for the game, with only Clanton and Calvin Newell (19 points) making more than they missed.
"You can look at Clanton and say he had a big day," Herrion said, "but our job on those complementary guys, I thought, was outstanding."
Isaiah Sykes, who entered had scored at least 20 points in each of his previous four games, scored just 10 against Marshall on 4-for-15 shooting. Tristan Spurlock made just two of 10 shots against the Herd.
"I knew (Marshall was) talented in there, athletically," Jones said. "They really played well. I thought our guys had some good looks in there. We tried to dunk a few balls that we missed."
Meanwhile, the Herd had seven players making at least half the shots they took. D.D. Scarver scored 16 points for Marshall, while Dennis Tinnon added 13. Marshall's 51.9 percent shooting from the floor edged its 51.6 percent night against Nevada as its best shooting performance of the season.
The Herd returns to the road for its next two games, Wednesday at Tulane and Feb. 9 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Marshall has not yet won a true road game this season.
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