JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Looking for its first road win of the season in its second try, the Marshall men’s basketball team’s comeback bid fell short with an 88-78 loss to ETSU Saturday at Freedom Hall Civic Center.
The Bucs improved to 3-5 overall, while Marshall fell to 4-3.
ETSU’s Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard had a masterful all-around performance, totaling 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Hunter Harris had 17 points (on 8-9 shooting) with 13 rebounds. RaShawn Rembert and Lester Wilson (before fouling out) added 13 points each.
Marshall was led by Kareem Canty’s (Harlem, N.Y.) 19 points, followed by 17 from Chris Thomas (Denver), Elijah Pittman’s (Lexington, Ky.) 16, Shawn Smith’s (Sacramento) 11 and Ryan Taylor’s (Indianapolis) 10. Taylor also racked up 14 rebounds for the double-double as the Herd outrebounded ETSU 40-37. Canty added 6 assists as well.
ETSU made 53.6% from the field (30-56), while the Herd shot 42.9% (27-63). Neither team shot particularly well from long-range, as ETSU made just 7-23 attempts (30.4%), while Marshall connected on 6-30 (20%). ETSU made 70.0 percent on its trips to the free throw line (21-30), while the Herd made good on 18 of 35 attempts (51.4%).
The game flow was back and forth early on, before ETSU got a boost from its home crowd to go out front 23-14 with 7:56 remaining in the first half. At the time, 12 of the Bucs 23 points had come off of eight Marshall turnovers.
After a Marshall run cut the deficit, the Bucs answered go up by 13 points for the second time in the first half, this time 41-28 with 1:52 remaining in the first half.
ETSU took a 46-34 advantage into the half as the Bucs’ balanced scoring attack trumped that of the Herd. Thomas and Canty tied for the team lead in scoring as each had eight points.
At the break, both sides had struggled from beyond the arc as the two sides combined to shoot 5-of-27. Marshall was 2-of-14 from three-point range in the first 20 minutes.
From the field, ETSU’s 51.6 field goal percentage on 16-of-31 shooting trumped Marshall’s 37.1 field goal percentage on 13-of-35 shooting in the game’s first 20 minutes.erd’sHerdH
Despite countless efforts from Marshall to climb back into the contest, the Herd struggled to slow what began as a hot shooting night from the Bucs.
In the second half, the Herd made a run with numerous Bucs in foul trouble. Marshall cut the lead to four points with 8:30 remaining on a drive and score from Thomas, making it 66-62.
With 5:41 remaining, the Herd came within two of ETSU in a 70-68 deficit after a made free throw from TyQuane Goard (Roxboro, N.C.), but unfortunately for Marshall the game would get no closer down the stretch as the Bucs countered with a run to collect the victory.
The Herd will continue its four-game stint away from the Cam Henderson Center with a trip to face Vanderbilt, Thursday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.