Memphis Falls to Marshall, 85-70

Jan. 29, 2011

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By: Preston McClellan

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. – Marshall turned 13 Memphis turnovers into 22 points and made 24 free throws en route to defeating the Tigers 85-70 Saturday night in Cam Henderson Center.

Memphis took its only lead of the game at the 12:25 mark of the first half when a jumper from Barton gave the Tigers a 12-11 advantage. The Thundering Herd then went on a 21-5 run over the next eight minutes and took a 39-27 lead at halftime.

Marshall extended its lead to as many as 17 in the second half before Memphis fought back to narrow the margin to 64-59 with 7:19 left to play. The Thundering Herd responded with a 7-0 run, however, and the Tigers would come no closer than 12 in the final five minutes of the game.

DeAndre Kane led Marshall with 20 points on 6-of-14 shooting. Damier Pitts and Nigelm Spikes each scored 17, and Shaquille Johnson also reached double figures with 10 points.

Tarik Black scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Tigers in the losing effort, and Joe Jackson finished with 12 points. Drew Barham was the only Tiger that could find his range from deep, making 3-of-4 from long range for nine points, but Memphis shot just 4-of-19 (21.1 percent) from beyond the arc as a team.

With the loss, Memphis falls to 4-2 on the season in league competition. Memphis previously defeated Marshall 77-61 on Jan. 15 at FedExForum in the first of four-straight C-USA victories.

After holding their last three opponents to under 18 percent from three-point range, the Tigers allowed the Thundering Herd to connect on 7-of-22 from beyond the arc. Marshall also outrebounded Memphis 38-34.

Memphis returns home for a midweek matchup Wednesday, Feb. 2, against Tulsa at FedExForum. Game time is slated for 6 p.m. (CDT), and the matchup is scheduled to be televised by CBS College Sports.


About pmccllln

21 years young. Senior PR student at the University of Memphis. Student intern for Memphis Athletic Media Relations. Follow me @p_mcclellan.

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