Saturday February 23, 2013
Marshall men's basketball: UAB edges Herd, 52-48
Elijah Pittman and DeAndre Kane came to the media room post-game to discuss the Thundering Herd's 52-48 loss to UAB, the shooting slump that left the Herd trailing by 19 points and the rally that allowed Marshall to get back into the game.
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When Nigel Spikes drained a mid-range jumper with 2:51 left in the game, Marshall pulled into a 46-46 tie, its first since the 7:48 mark of the first half.
"There were shots we were getting in the first half that we just weren't making," said Pittman, who led all scorers with 18 points. "The shots we had in the second half we were making and it gave us a little energy, a little boost and the crowd got involved."
Marshall's started to cool off after that, trailing by as many as five with 14 seconds left. A ray of light appeared in the final seconds, as DeAndre Kane stole a UAB inbounds pass with nine seconds to go and the Herd down 51-48. But Manning's shot fell short and Quincy Taylor made one of two free throws to put the game away.
After Spikes' jumper to tie the game, Marshall missed all four of its shots from the floor and made just two of four from the free throw line.
Spikes scored nine points and pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds for Marshall, while Kane scored nine points with seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Jordan Swing scored 15 points with 10 rebounds for UAB, while Rod Rucker scored 13 points with eight rebounds.
The Herd had its worst shooting night one game after enjoying its best, making 54.2 percent of its shots in an 82-70 win at the University of Central Florida.
"It's tough, man," Kane said. "We went down there to Orlando and played so good. I didn't think we played bad here today. We just couldn't make a shot in the first half. We turn the page and get ready for another game."
-- Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.