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Thundering Herd falls to Mountaineers, 69-59

The Parthenon

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012

Updated: Thursday, December 6, 2012 00:12

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Marcus Constantino | The Parthenon

TOP LEFT: Marshall University men’s basketball Head Coach Tom Herrion yells instructions to his players during the game between the Marshall Thundering Herd and the West Virginia University Mountaineers at the Charleston Civic Center on Wednesday. TOP MIDDLE: Marshall junior guard DeAndre Kane drives past West Virginia defender Jabarie Hinds. TOP RIGHT: Marshall senior forward Dennis Tinnon shoots the ball as West Virginia’s Keaton Miles defends.

Marshall fell to in-state rival West Virginia Wednesday evening 69-59 in the 41st meeting between the two teams.

The 2012 edition of the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic was decorated with five ejections and four technical fouls between Marshall and WVU.

A scuffle erupted with 1:37 remaining in the game after a loose rebound attracted Marshall’s Robert Goff, WVU’s Aaric Murray, Eron Harris, Jabarie Hinds and Terry Henderson; all five of which were ejected from the contest.

The Thundering Herd got out to an early lead, controlling most of the first half. West Virginia took its first lead of the first half with 2:30 remaining.

WVU outscored Marshall 38-34 in the second half, which proved to be enough for the Mountaineers.

Marshall’s free throw shooting woes continued to cripple them. The Herd shot 55 percent from the line, while WVU produced 80 percent. Marshall also tallied 17 turnovers on the night.

Marshall Head Coach Tom Herrion said his team caused many self-inflicting wounds.

“I’m not sure West Virginia beat us tonight,” Herrion said. “We contributed mightily to the loss.”

West Virginia claimed its biggest lead with 8:54 remaining in the second half. Mountaineer forward Deniz Kilicli led his team with 21 points, managing to cause fits for the Marshall defensive frontcourt.

Marshall’s Elijah Pittman finished with 16 points and D.D. Scarver totaled 17 for the Thundering Herd.

Pittman said the team had problems putting themselves in a good position by poor free throw shooting and fouls.

“We beat ourselves,” Pittman said. “We missed quite a bit of free throws. And our fouling hurt us.”

The Thundering Herd cut the second half deficit to five points with five minutes remaining, but was not able to climb all the way back.

DeAndre Kane finished with 13 points, seven assists and three rebounds.

Marshall looks to keep their undefeated record at the Cam Henderson Center Saturday against Coppin State. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.

Lake Morehouse can be contacted at morehouse1@marshall.edu.
 

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