Marshall men's basketball: Houston trounces Herd, 103-76
It was more of the same for the Marshall men's basketball team Saturday afternoon, with the Thundering Herd returning to Huntington stinging from another road loss.
This time, it was to Houston, which shot 59.4 percent from the floor in a 103-76 win. Marshall's true road win total remains at one, and the Herd will try to salvage the end of its season with its final home game, Tuesday at 7 p.m. versus Southern Mississippi.
Only two opponents have shot better against Marshall (12-17, 5-9 Conference USA) this season. Ohio shot 65.3 percent from the floor against the Herd, while Southern Mississippi shot 63.2 percent.
"It was a thoroughly disappointing performance on the defensive end of the floor," Marshall Coach Tom Herrion said. "We put up no resistance, no fight. They scored it at will and we put up little resistance. I'm disappointed mightily and wholeheartedly."
The Herd never led Saturday and last tied the game when Elijah Pittman's 3-pointer with 17:20 left in the first half made the score 7-7. Marshall saw little success beyond the arc after that. The Herd, C-USA's worst 3-point shooting team, made just seven of 31 from the 3-point line for the game and shot just 36.4 percent from the floor for the game.
Meanwhile, the Cougars (16-11, 5-9 C-USA) had no problem filling the basket. Houston made eight of 15 3-pointers and outscored Marshall 50-30 in the paint. The Cougars led by as many as 32 in the game, when a J.J. Thompson layup with 41 seconds left in the game made the score 102-70.
"They got every shot they wanted," Herrion said of Houston. "They made 3s and we didn't guard at all. They got any basket they wanted and we had no resistance."
The Cougars had three players score at least 23 points. TaShawn Thomas scored 25 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead Houston, while Danuel House and Joseph Young each scored 23. DeAndre Kane led all scorers with 27 points, while Pittman scored 22. Dennis Tinnon recorded his ninth double-double of the season and 21st of his career with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Saturday was the third time this season Marshall has allowed an opponent to score at least 100 points. The first came in a 103-100 double-overtime loss at Hofstra and the second came in a 102-46 loss at Southern Miss. And now on Tuesday the Herd hosts the Eagles that thumped it by 56 points.
"They handled us pretty easily in Hattiesburg," Herrion said. "We've got to regroup quickly. There's no mercy. We have to pick ourselves up off the mat."