"Once guys start doing the scouting report, they're all on me," Tinnon said last week. "[At Texas El-Paso], I couldn't get . . . I think I only had three rebounds. Everywhere I turned, those guys were hip-checking me, putting the forearm into my chest or something. It started to get really physical."
Yes, the Miners remembered the pummeling they suffered in Huntington 12 months earlier and dished it back out in a 74-63 win. Against East Carolina last weekend, Tinnon bounced back with 11 points and 12 rebounds - his fifth double-double of the season and the 17th in his 53-game career.
His scoring average has risen to 10.9 points and his rebounding average is up to 9.2, ranking him 41st after Sunday's action. In an upset of sorts, he is second on his own team in offensive boards, trailing Nigel Spikes 64-53.
The latter stat is mostly a product of Tinnon playing the "three." After all, if you see Spikes 15-plus-feet from the basket, he's probably setting a screen.
As a team, the Herd was outrebounded for the seventh time this season in the ECU game, winning for the first time in such a situation. There was a good reason, though - MU defenders were parked at the 3-point line, clamping down on the Pirates' fire-the-cannons attack. Among other things, that led to the strange sight of big man Robert Goff committing a three-shot foul.
That also led to the Pirates getting more rebounds, but the Herd was hardly harmed in the 77-56 laugher. Besides, Tinnon found his way to the ball, as usual.
"I continue to work hard," he said. "And I make sure when a guy puts his forearm on me, I'm still swimming, I'm spinning to try to get that ball."
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