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Herd inept on offense

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Published: Sunday, December 9, 2012

Updated: Sunday, December 9, 2012 22:12

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Marcus Constantino | The Parthenon

Marshall head basketball coach Tom Herrion reacts to a call during the first half of the men’s basketball game between the Marshall Thundering Herd and the Coppin State Eagles at the Cam Henderson Center on Saturday.

Saturday nights 69-63 win over a Coppin State squad with one win on the season, only continued to show the inept ability for the Herd to produce offensively. Marshall’s last four opponents, Coppin State, West Virginia, University of North Carolina Wilmington and Morehead State have a combined record of seven games under .500. In those four games the Herd has mustered an average of 64.75 per game.

Now if we are talking golf, then shooting a 64 would be a pleasant walk into the clubhouse followed by a cold one.

However, that is not the circumstance.

The Thundering Herd shot a dismal 12-38 from the field in the first half, including 2-16 from three-point range.

The Herd struggled mightily throughout the contest to finish around the basket, missing double-digit shots in the paint.

“We still can not put the ball in the basket around the game,” Head Coach Tom Herrion said. “It’s just killing us early in the game.”

Marshall’s inability to finish looked like a couple of Parthenon staffers trying to make a layup in a game against WMUL and that includes myself.

Maybe it is the struggle to get into a flow offensively that affects other aspects of the game.

Kareem Canty’s ineligibility to play this season might have been something the Herd was banking on, but it didn’t happen. Herrion has been trying to put together the puzzle with the point guard position as at times five different players have handled the duty, Kane, Chris Martin, D.D. Scarver, DeVince Boykins and Tamron Manning.

DeAndre Kane sits five points away from passing Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Mike D’Antoni for 30th all-time in Marshall scoring. Saturday’s game marked the fourth consecutive contest at the Cam Henderson Center the Herd faced an opponent with blue uniforms.

Three positives for the Herrion’s team; back to dominating the boards, full court pressure zone and 6-6 from the free throw line when it counted.

Marshall is going to need some more positives before it heads Charleston on Saturday for the second time in as many weeks to battle the 11th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats.

Jeremy Johnson can be contacted at johnson783@marshall.edu.

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