Jan. 16, 2010
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Asim McQueen's double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds and Kris Richard's 20 points were not enough for the Tulane men's basketball team in a hard fought loss to Marshall, 89-79, on Saturday night in the Cam Henderson Center.
McQueen's 20 points equaled his career-high and his 10 rebounds gave the senior his first double double of the season and third of his career. Richard scored at least 20 for the second straight game after posting 23 in the victory over Rice on Wednesday.
Tulane (6-11,1-3 C-USA) used a solid second half to stay with Marshall (15-2, 4-0 C-USA) after the Thundering Herd held a 47-36 lead at halftime.
"The second half was just a great college basketball game on the road in a tough environment," Tulane head coach Dave Dickerson said. "I am very, very proud of our guys because the way we played in the second half defined who we are as a team."
After Marshall scored first in the second half, the Green Wave scored eight of the next points of the game to cut the lead to 52-44 on two McQueen lay-ups and four free throws by David Booker. Marshall then built the lead back to 12 after a technical foul on the Tulane bench before the Green Wave used a 13-4 run to cut the lead down to three, 62-59, with 9:58 remaining. A lay-up by Kendall Timmons capped the run for Tulane.
"I put our guys in a tough situation tonight by getting that tech(nical foul) in the middle of the half. I was just trying to fight for our team," Dickerson added. "But I learned something about our team tonight that we are who we are and we can't change that. We just have to play as hard as we can as long as we can and if we do that then we can get some wins in this conference."
Marshall then rallied with a 10-1 run of their own to retake a double digit lead. The Thundering Herd made just two field goals in the final 8:00 of the game, but connected on 17 of 20 from the free throw line during that stretch.
Tulane outscored Marshall 43-42 in the second half and outrebounded the Herd 22-17 in the final 20 minutes.
Marshall opened the game with a 7-2 lead and Tulane used six 3-pointers, including four from Richard in a span of six minutes to stay right with the Thundering Herd. Richard's fourth 3-pointer of the first half tied score at 22-22 with 10:28 remaining before Marshall outscored Tulane 27-14 the rest of the half, including ending the half with a 6-0 run to hold their lead of 47-36 at the break.
David Booker added 13 points off the bench for Tulane, including marking all six of his free throw attempts. McQueen, going up against freshman center Hassan Whiteside of Marshall, connected on nine of 14 shots from the floor in 37 minutes of play.
Richard, who also came off the bench, finished the game making five of 10 from the 3-point range. The junior guard added four rebounds and four assists, while Booker had six rebounds.
Whiteside led Marshall with 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocked shots. Shaquille Johnson added 18 points and Dago Pena had 14.
Marshall shot 56.3 percent from the floor, including knocking down four of six from 3-point range. The Thundering Herd also hit 31 of 40 free throws and won the battle of the boards, 39-31.
Tulane shot 40.3 percent from the floor and hit 13 of 15 from the free throw line. The Green Wave forced 14 turnovers and collected five steals, scoring 15 points off the turnovers. Tulane also had 21 second chance points of 15 offensive rebounds.
The Green Wave has the next eight days off without a game before hosting East Carolina on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. CST.
- Freshman guard Jordan Callahan made his first career start tonight.
- Junior guard/forward Johnny Mayhane made his first start of the season and the third of his career. Mayhane also started against Rice on Jan. 19, 2008 and Marshall on Feb. 21, 2009.
- Junior forward Geoff Hogan started for the first time since the Miami game on Nov. 19 earlier this season. His start tonight was his third of his career.
- Eric Vianney started for the second time this season and the 16th time in his career. The senior guard also started against McNeese State on Dec. 16 earlier this season.
- Kris Richard scored in double figures in the 12th game this season and the 30th game of his career with his 20 points. Richard's 20 points also mark the junior's fourth 20-plus point game of this season and the seventh of his career.
- Asim McQueen scored in double figures for the fourth time this season and the 17th time in his career with his 20 points tonight. His 20 points also marks his second career 20-plus point game and matches his career-high.
- David Booker scored in double figures for the fifth time this season and the fifth time in his career with his 13 points tonight.