Marshall too much for Longwood
Published: Monday, November 12, 2012
Updated: Monday, November 12, 2012 01:11
The Marshall men’s basketball team defeated the Longwood Lancers Friday 81-47 at the Cam Henderson Center.
The Thundering Herd played its home opener in front of a crowd of 5,472, also kicking off the 100th year of Marshall basketball.
Marshall got off to somewhat of a slow start, but seemed to pick it up towards the end of the first half. The Thundering Herd went into halftime with a 35-20 advantage.
Dre Kane and D.D. Scarver led the Thundering Herd in scoring with 18 points each. Kane also added eight assists, four assists and three blocks to his stat line.
D.D. Scarver’s career debut could not have gone much better for the junior college transfer. The Birmingham, Ala. native finished three of four from behind the arc, handling most of the outside shooting for the Thundering Herd.
“I just cam out and played hard,” Scarver said. “I had confidence in myself.
Longwood could not do much with the Thundering Herd defense. The Lancers shot only 29 percent from the field, and were out-rebounded by Marshall 27-49.
The Thundering Herd went with its bigger lineup to start the contest. Dre Kane and D.D. Scarver held down the guard positions, while Dennis Tinnon, Robert Goff and Nigel Spikes started at forward.
Longwood Head Coach Mike Gillian said Marshall’s size is among the tops in the country.
“There’s not ten teams in college basketball bigger than those guys,” Gillian said.
The Herd defense held Longwood to 47 total points, which according to Dre Kane, was Coach Herrion’s game plan emphasis.
“Last year we were last in defense in a lot of categories,” Kane said. “Coach stressed we had to lock in defensively and we did that.”
Marshall Head Coach Tom Herrion said he was pleased with his team’s defensive performance, but was unhappy with the turnovers on offense.
“Overall, I thought for about 95 percent of the game, our defense was outstanding,” Herrion said. “19 turnovers is an astronomical number. That can’t continue and it will not continue.”
Lake Morehouse can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.