NEW ORLEANS -Marshall did nothing to correct its season-long road difficulties Wednesday night, falling behind by 24 points at halftime en route to a 91-75 loss at Tulane.
The Thundering Herd (10-13 overall, 3-5 Conference USA) fell to 0-8 in "true" road games and 0-11 in games away from Huntington. The Green Wave (15-8, 3-5) emphatically snapped a four-game losing streak in the series before an announced 2,158 at Devlin Fieldhouse.
Josh Davis led Tulane with 23 points and 12 rebounds, his 12th double-double of the year. Three other Green Wave players hit double-digit scoring - Ricky Tarrant 19, Kendall Timmons 16 and Jordan Callahan 12.
The game was all but over at halftime with Tulane ahead 59-35. The Herd's problems were manifold - it allowed the Green Wave to hit eight 3-pointers, get 12 offensive rebounds, enjoy a 9-2 turnover advantage and go 17 of 26 from the foul line.
Yes, 26 free throws at the half. The Herd committed a whopping 17 fouls, many at the center position - so many that JP Kambola finished the half at the "five."
When the Herd wasn't putting the Green Wave on the line, it was leaving wide-open shots from the 3-point arc.
That started with Tarrant and Callahan hitting back-to-back shots that wiped out Marshall's last lead of 8-7. Jay Hook, averaging 1.4 points entering the game, hit two off the bench to add to the four bombs by Callahan. The Green Wave split its 16 3-point tries in the half.
"Thoroughly disappointed with our deplorable defense in the first 20 minutes," said MU coach Tom Herrion. "No resistance, no fight, it was totally discouraging. I know it's a broken record - we won't defend and rebound consistently, and it showed from one half to the next."
The Green Wave was careful with the ball, committing two first-half turnovers and nine for the game. The Herd committed nine in the first half and 16 for the game, having trouble with an often-slippery ball in a humid arena.
Marshall was beaten on the boards for the sixth time in seven games, 42-38. More telling, Tulane's 19 offensive rebounds were close to MU's 23 defensive rebounds.
In the second half, the Herd got the margin down to 14 at 72-58 on a Dennis Tinnon jumper with 7:36 left. After the teams exchanged baskets, Tulane's Kajon Mack stopped the rally with a 3-pointer and a fast-break dunk.
Elijah Pittman led the Herd with 23 points, followed by Tinnon's 11 points and 12 rebounds and DeAndre Kane's 14 points and 11 assists. Kane suffered eight turnovers.
The Herd stays on the road, heading to Alabama-Birmingham for a 3 p.m. EST game Saturday. Its next home game comes at 7 p.m. next Wednesday against Rice.
Tulane 91, Marshall 75
MARSHALL (10-13, 3-5 C-USA)
M FG FT R A P
Dennis Tinnon 29 5-8 3-4 12 4 13
Elijah Pittman 37 8-17 3-3 0 3 23
Nigel Spikes 22 2-4 1-2 6 1 5
D.D. Scarver 21 2-8 2-2 2 1 8
DeAndre Kane 40 4-12 5-9 6 11 14
Chris Martin 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Robert Goff 16 4-4 0-0 4 0 8
Jamir Hanner 9 2-3 0-0 1 0 4
DeVince Boykins 15 0-1 0-0 3 0 0