Nov. 6, 2016
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Marshall men's basketball team closed out its exhibition slate with a 100-76 win over Charleston (W.Va.) Sunday afternoon at the Cam Henderson Center.
Senior Stevie Browning led the Herd with 31 points, five rebounds and five assists. Junior Jon Elmore added 23 points and had six assists. Seniors Austin Loop tallied 14 points and five rebounds and Ryan Taylor had 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Charleston's Elliott Cole led all scorers with 32.
The Herd opened the game by scoring the first five points on a three-pointer by Browning and an alley-oop from Elmore to Taylor. Charleston responded by scoring ten of the next 12 points to take a 10-7 lead with 16:29 left in the first half. Marshall took a 15-13 lead on a Taylor jumper, but the Golden Eagles scored 21 of the next 23 points to grab a 34-17 lead with 8:46 remaining in the opening half.
A jumper by Browning and a three-point play by Elmore on consecutive possessions cut the Charleston lead to 34-21. After a pair of Charleston baskets gave the Golden Eagles a 38-25 lead, Marshall went on a 12-0 run over the next 2:48 to cut the Charleston lead down to a point. Browning and Elmore accounted for ten of the 12 points during the run. A three-pointer by Elmore with just over two minutes left in the half gave the Herd its first lead since it led 15-13 early in the half. Elmore's layup with 36 seconds left in the half gave Marshall a 46-44 lead heading into the break.
Junior Terrence Thompson and Browning opened the second half with layups to extend Marshall's lead to 50-44. After Elliott Cole's three-pointer cut the Herd lead to 53-49, Thompson, Browning and Elmore each made layups to give Marshall its first double-digit lead of the game at 61-51 with 13:20 left in the contest.
Three-pointers by Jonathan Tshibuy and Cole cut Charleston's deficit to 63-57 but a jumper by Aleksa Nikolic and a pair of three-pointers by Loop capped a 10-2 Marshall run to put the Herd up 73-59 just before the midway point of the half. Cole continued to keep the Golden Eagles in the game with another three-pointer but the Herd answered with another three-pointer by Browning.
Browning was seven-for-10 from behind the three-point line in the contest. Another Browning three-pointer gave the Herd its first lead of the game of more than 20 points with under six minutes to go. Sophomore Ajdin Penava's layup with 3:14 to go gave Marshall its largest lead of the contest at 94-67. The Herd scored 54 points in the second half in the 100-76 win over the Golden Eagles.
Head coach Dan D'Antoni
"I give a lot of credit to coach Osborne. Those kids extended their play. They came in to win the ball game and then, I'm not sure they shoot like that all the time, but if they do, then they are going to do pretty well. I don't see a lot of teams in that league that can hang with them. I looked at [Chris] Duhon and said `man, Chris, you can't do that.' Hats off to them."
On having 47 points in the paint
"They were a small team. Ryan [Taylor] turned down a lot of threes to drive. They fought us all game. Our offense takes what the defense give us and they were a bit smaller so we go inside. If they are bigger we will shoot it outside. We are not an offense that pinpoints where you want to do things. We are an offense that flows and takes what the defense gives us. Our passing is pretty sharp when we get it going."
On the ball movement
"It gives you the first step, its gives you rips. You don't have to come down and face up mano-a-mano, it gives you the step. We try to get them as good as we can get them by teaching them rip steps. Alex actually had a rip step and the ball got out where it belonged and I'm going to frame that tomorrow and show it ten times. I am happy for him and I hope it continues."
No. 33 junior guard Jon Elmore
On scoring 100 points
"I think it speaks to what we are trying to do here. We have a lot of offensive weapons, and that's the way coach D'Antoni want us to play. Everybody has bought in and I think we will get better and score more points than that to be honest."
On which new guys have stepped up in the exhibition games
"I think a little bit of everybody has stepped up. I don't think one has more than the other. We will need that as the season goes on. It's good to see guys come off the bench and contribute to what we want to do and how we want to play. We are all optimistic to see who that one player is going to be who steps and stands out more than the rest."
No. 2 senior guard Stevie Browning
On Charleston being a tough opponent
"We knew that was going to happen. Charleston is a good team, and they have always been a good team. Basketball is a game of runs and we had to weather the storm. We did that and we got back in the game. We picked up the defense and like coach D'Antoni has been saying all year `good defense leads to easy buckets' and we started to get easy transition layups. That's what really started it for us."
On being familiar with Charleston
Stevie Browning - "I played against them for a while and they were just as good when I was there. We knew coming into the game that it was not going to be a push over game."
On their play style being similar to Marshall's
"They were very similar. Everything was off the ball screen and they shoot a lot of threes and they made a lot of threes. Everything came off the pick and roll."
No. 35 senior guard Austin Loop
On the difference from the first half to the second half
"Coach is always on us about sustaining our intensity and it's hard to keep that when you sub five guys in and five guys out. When you sub five guys in that really don't have any college experience at all, they are still learning about the intensity that you have to keep yourself at. This is a great team to learn from because this is a team that will keep coming at you. I think they picked it up at the end of the half, and then we came out strong in the second half and that was the gamechanger."
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The Herd opens its regular season at home Saturday afternoon against North Carolina Central. Tipoff is slated for noon.