Rebounding Dooms Green Wave in Loss at Marshall



Feb. 1, 2012

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HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Tulane's men's basketball team knew coming into Wednesday night's game that Marshall was one of the best rebounding teams in the nation, but the Green Wave couldn't find much to stop the Thundering Herd on the boards in a 63-44 loss at the Cam Henderson Center.

Marshall (14-8, 5-3 C-USA) snapped a four-game losing skid mainly by outrebounding Tulane (14-8, 2-6 C-USA), 45-22, with four different players pulling down at least six rebounds led by Dennis Tinnon's 12.

"Credit Marshall with a very good effort," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "They ran well, they executed well in their half court and they outrebounded us by 23. It didn't seem like we were that far away. I thought our positioning and at times our effort was pretty good, we just didn't come up with the ball. We just need to get better and we are obviously disappointed."

The Green Wave jumped out to an early 10-5 lead after Jordan Callahan scored eight points in the opening four minutes of the game, but the Thundering Herd proceeded to rattle off a 19-2 run that virtually put the game away, giving Marshall a 24-12 lead, with 5:21 left in the first half. Tulane never got closer than 10 the remainder of the game.

During the run, the Green Wave went 7:37 without a point and only took four shots during the stretch.

Marshall built up a 19-point lead a few minutes later with a 9-0 run, before Tulane ended the half scoring eight of the last 10 points to make the halftime score, 35-22.

The Green Wave opened the second half by scoring five of the first seven points to cut the deficit back to 10 on a Ricky Tarrant 3-pointer, 37-27, with 18:03 left. That was as close as Tulane would get and Marshall pushed its lead to 20 over the next five minutes.

Tarrant, the Conference USA leading scorer, was held scoreless in the opening half, but scored the first eight points for Tulane in the second half and finished with 11. Callahan also finished with 11 to go with a team-high four assists. Josh Davis added seven points and a team-best six rebounds.

DeAndre Kane led Marshall with 13 points, while Shaquille Johnson added 12. Damier Pitts had 10 points and eight assists, while Nigel Spikes chipped in nine points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Tulane shot 40.0 percent from the floor in the game, including five of 17 from 3-point range. The Green Wave managed just three of nine free throws though.

Marshall hit 40.4 percent from the floor with seven 3-pointers. The Thundering Herd also knocked down 10 of 16 free throws.

Tulane, who dropped both games during the two-game road swing, returns home to host Houston at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday in Fogelman Arena.
- Jordan Callahan reached double figures in scoring for the 15th game this season and the 45th game of his career with his 11 points tonight.
- Freshman Ricky Tarrant scored in double figures for the 17th game this season with his 11 points tonight.