The Marshall men's basketball team still hasn't found a friendly place on the road.
The Thundering Herd remained winless this season in road games, losing to Tulane 91-75 at Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans. Elijah Pittman scored 23 points, while both DeAndre Kane and Dennis Tinnon recorded double-doubles, but the Green Wave hit 11 3-pointers and outrebounded the Herd 42-38 as Marshall fell to 0-8 on the road.
The Herd (10-13, 3-5 Conference USA) trailed by as many as 24 points and trailed the Green Wave (15-8, 3-5 C-USA) from the 16:04 mark in the first half on. Marshall had won four straight games against Tulane before Wednesday.
"I was thoroughly disappointed by our deplorable defense in the first 20 minutes," Marshall Coach Tom Herrion said during the Herd's postgame show. "There was no fight. That's very discouraging this time of year. I know I sound like a broken record, but we will not rebound or defend consistently."
Tulane's biggest lead came with one second left in the first half, when Ben Cherry hit a pair of free throws to send the Green Wave into halftime up 59-35. Marshall cut the lead to as low as 14 points in the second half, but Tulane was able to hold the Herd at bay. Tulane shot 46.8 percent from the floor and made 11 of 25 of its 3-point attempts.
Meanwhile, the Herd shot plenty of 3-pointers – 28 of its 58 shots came from behind the arc – but made just seven of them. Marshall also turned the ball over 16 times to Tulane's nine.
"We were playing uphill whole time," Herrion said. "We contributed mightily, thoroughly and totally to this loss."
Kane scored 14 points and dished out 11 assists, but made only one of seven 3-pointers and committed eight turnovers. Tinnon scored 13 points with 12 rebounds. Tulane's Josh Davis recorded his own double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Ricky Tarrant scored 19 points, Kendall Timmons scored 16 and Jordan Callahan scored 12.
Marshall will stay on the road, travelling to Birmingham for a Saturday game at the University of Alabama at Birmingham at 3 p.m.