Marshall (8-8) at Texas-El Paso (7-6)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 12, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Don Haskins Center (12,000) -- El Paso, Texas.
Television: None. Home Record: Marshall 7-2, UTEP 6-1. Away Record: Marshall
0-4, UTEP 1-2. Neutral Record: Marshall 1-2, UTEP 0-3. Conference Record:
Marshall 1-0, UTEP 1-0. Series Record: Texas-El Paso leads, 7-2.
GAME NOTES: Still waiting to register their first true road win of the season,
the Marshall Thundering Herd give it another go at the Don Haskins Center on
Saturday night, as they challenge the UTEP Miners in Conference USA action.
On a positive note, the Herd managed to not only snap a three-game slide in
their most recent outing, but they also got the league schedule off on the
right foot with a 79-61 romp over Tulsa on Wednesday night at home. With the
victory Marshall moved to 7-2 at home, and is now an even 8-8 on the campaign
Meanwhile, the Miners rebounded from a 62-58 loss to Colorado State on Jan. 2
by taking out Tulane three nights ago, 66-57. The victory was the fourth in
the last five outings for a program that began the season with just one win in
Marshall won the meeting between these two teams last season by a score of
76-60 in early January, which means the all-time series now numbers 7-2, in
favor of the Miners.
The defense for the Herd went to work in the first half against visiting
Tulsa, holding the Golden Hurricane to a mere eight field goals, making it
that much easier for Marshall to secure the 18-point win. Elijah Pittman
tallied 19 points, D.D. Scarver and DeAndre Kane 16 apiece, the latter
shooting 4-of-6 behind the 3-point line and handing out seven assists. Dennis
Tinnon contributed with a game-high 11 rebounds which gave the Herd a 47-32
edge on the glass. Pittman, the leading scorer for the Herd in three of the
last four outings, is producing 14.8 ppg overall as he shoots not just 52.0
percent from the floor but also 40.6 percent behind the 3-point line. Closing
in on Pittman is Kane (14.3 ppg) who might not be that great of a shooter
(37.0 percent), but at least he is reliable when it comes to assists, since he
has 94 over 12 appearances.
Going up against a Tulane squad that had won 11 straight home dates, the
Miners scored the first points of the night and never looked back, hitting on
an even 50 percent from the field while holding the hosts to only 33.3
percent. Konner Tucker accounted for 14 points, converted 4-of-7 beyond the
arc, followed by Julian Washburn and Jacques Streeter with 12 and 10 points,
respectively. McKenzie Moore came up just short of a double-double as he
logged nine points and just as many rebounds. As the only player to have
started all 13 games for the Miners thus far, it only makes sense that
Washburn is the leading scorer for the group with his 13.5 ppg, although his
average could be even higher if not for the fact that he has shot just 2-of-22
behind the 3-point line which means he is making things more difficult for
himself. As a team, UTEP is producing 63.3 ppg, identical to the points posted
by the competition to this point.
The Thundering Herd proved that they could win on the road in conference play
right out of the gate, which means UTEP needs to be on its toes in order to
keep the same thing from happening at the Don Haskins Center tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas-El Paso 68, Marshall 65
01/12 10:44:01 ET
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