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Blazers torch Herd at home, 52-48

The Parthenon

Published: Sunday, February 24, 2013

Updated: Sunday, February 24, 2013 19:02

The Marshall University men’s basketball team led the fans through many emotions in their loss against the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The Herd fell to UAB 52-48, Saturday, after a 19-point comeback early in the second half.

With the game on the line, fans worried about the Herd’s 706 game streak of making a 3-pointer, however Elijah Pittman helped rally his team back by scoring three straight 3-pointers.

“I didn’t feel pressure,” Pittman said. “I had to do something to help my team catch up because we were losing badly.”

Pittman scored 18 points at the end of the game and only missed one of his free throws.

With the final seconds ticking down, the Herd was able to score to be down by two, however UAB soon reclaimed the lead. With five seconds left in the contest, Tamron Manning shot a 3-pointer but missed the mark.

Pittman, Nigel Spikes, Dennis Tinnon and DeAndre Kane were the only players to score multiple field goals for the Herd. Robert Goff helped the team in other ways with a total of 9 rebounds and 3 points. Spikes also had 20 total rebounds.

Marshall missed 19 shot attempts in a row, which brought their field goal shooting down to 26 percent in the game. The Herd also only made 3 of its 26 3-point shot attempts.

Kane said it was just the result of a bad day.

“It happens, it’s basketball. The guys are not out there shooting the ball to miss it,” Kane said. “Everyone was shooting to score and we couldn’t buy a basket in the first half.”

Head Coach Tom Herrion said he could not agree more with Kane.

“We were in efficient on offense making shots,” Herrion said. “We missed 42 field goals. I don’t think I have ever had a team shoot 19 percent in one half before.”

Herrion said the defense did what it was supposed to unlike the team’s offense.

“Our Defense was more than good enough to win, but we didn’t play smart down the stretch defensively,” Herrion said.

Herrion said the game was an example of finding a way when the ball does not go in.

Marshall held UAB’s field goal shooting to 30% throughout the game. UAB Head Coach Jerod Haasegave credit to Marshall’s defense.

“Marshall did a great job of making it difficult for us to score,” Haase said. “We lost some of our edge and aggressiveness in the second half and they did a nice job of sticking with our players.”Haase said he was happy to be on a 5-2 run, after having a tough January with the Blazers.“We had six straight losses in Janurary,” Haase said. “And people thought I was crazy when I told them we were getting better.”UAB forward Jordan Swing’s double-double helped push UAB to victory.The Thundering Herd will complete regular season play with two of its next three games away. The Herd will face Houston, Saturday and then return to the Henderson Center to face Southern Miss, March 5.Courtney Sealey can be contacted at sealey3@marshall.edu.

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