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Herd enjoys an easy laugher

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - This is how much fun Marshall had Tuesday night in its 121-57 win over Alice Lloyd: Austin Loop scored 17 points.

And Yous Mbao had a career-high 14 rebounds. Even made two field goals and played 21 minutes, tying career bests.

"Next guy up. You saw Yous, how tired he got," said Thundering Herd coach Tom Herrion.

But it was a good kind of tired for Mbao, the Thundering Herd and the 4,126 on hand at Cam Henderson Center. The team entered the game on a four-game losing streak, punctuated by a game Herrion and his players felt they gave away to West Virginia.

With Cheikh Sane out with a foot injury and Elijah Pittman suspended until further notice - if such further notice ever arrives - the Herd's bench was shortened further. Even if the opponent was an NAIA Division II school, all eight scholarship players plus Loop had to contribute.

Which they did with a slew of career bests. Those included:

  • Ryan Taylor with 25 points, Shawn Smith 18, Loop 17, DeVince Boykins eight, Mbao four and walk-on Kevin McNair four.
  • Mbao's 14 rebounds, with Smith adding 12.
  • Chris Thomas with five assists and, more spectacularly, Kareem Canty with 14.
  • Canty had 10 at the half and knew the school record was 18 (Greg White, Dec. 8, 1979 vs. City College of New York). He wanted that mark, but was happy to just spread the scoring wealth.

    "I told Loop when he got in the game, shoot," Canty said. "If he didn't shoot, I'd get mad at him."

    Loop went 5 of 9 with four 3-pointers, doing his damage in 13 minutes - all career highs. It begs the question: Having appeared in six of the Herd's 11 games, can he take a shift in every game?

    "He's got a chance. Now, who do you want me to take out?" Herrion said. "He's in the rotation now, with eight scholarship guys and he's the ninth man. He has a skill [outside shooting].

    "That's not a fluke - we see that every day. He's a tough kid, he's a great kid. He had his moment tonight and that's nice to see, because he has worked really hard and his teammates are happy for him."

    Against the visitors from tiny Pippa Passes, Ky., the Herd never trailed and was last tied at 2. Marshall built a 54-30 halftime lead and erupted in the second half with 13-0 and 18-0 runs. MU shot 72.7 percent in that second half and 64.7 percent for the game, a byproduct of 11 dunks - but also of 15-of-26 shooting from 3-point range.

    So what if the Herd botched eight of 12 alley-oop attempts? All was well on this night.

    "They took a big step," Herrion said. "I know a lot of people will laugh at me when I say that, because they will think it was [against] Alice Lloyd and all that. But from my position, to watch this team go dominate whoever we played, for a lot of them their 10th or 11th game in college basketball, coming out of exams, the downer off the West Virginia thing, whatever you want to call that. The hangover.

    "I knew Sunday afternoon - maybe it's youthful bliss or ignorance, whatever you want to call it - they're a resilient group. They're a fun group to be around every day." 

    One area of concern: When Marshall takes on Arkansas State at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Henderson Center, it likely will miss Sane again. That leaves TyQuane Goard and Mbao as the lone options underneath, unless the Herd uses a really small lineup.

    "We're not exactly sure, to be very honest with you," Herrion said of Sane's status. "I don't think it's short-term; it might not be extended long-term, either. Doubtful for Saturday, we'll see. We're a little concerned, to say the least."

    Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130, dougsmock@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/dougsmock.

    Marshall 121, Alice Lloyd 57

    ALICE LLOYD (6-6)

     M FG FT R A P

    Mitchell 24 1-8 2-2 2 1 5

    Wilson 31 3-8 0-0 1 3 9

    Rogers 19 5-7 3-4 3 2 13

    Stamper 25 3-14 1-2 5 2 7

    Stumbo 22 4-10 0-0 2 1 9

    Hall 5 1-1 0-0 1 0 2

    Brewer 21 1-3 0-0 5 4 2

    Atkins 5 0-3 0-0 0 0 0

    Shelly 2 0-2 0-0 2 0 0

    Mills 5 0-4 0-0 0 0 0

    Combs 9 0-1 0-0 0 0 0

    Crawford 2 0-1 0-0 1 0 0

    Malicoat 17 3-13 0-0 2 0 8

    Brewer 13 0-4 2-4 4 1 2

    TEAM    4  

    Totals 200 21-79 8-12 32 14 57

    MARSHALL (5-6)

     M FG FT R A P

    Canty 28 4-7 2-2 2 14 11

    Thomas 21 7-8 2-4 4 5 19

    Boykins 24 3-9 0-0 4 2 8

    Goard 20 2-2 0-0 4 2 4

    Taylor 20 10-13 5-6 8 1 25

    Smith 25 8-12 0-0 12 2 18

    McNair 4 0-1 4-5 0 0 4

    Manning 24 3-5 2-2 4 4 11

    Mbao 21 2-2 0-0 14 0 4

    Loop 13 5-9 3-3 1 0 17

    TEAM    1  

    Totals 200 44-68 18-22 54 30 121

    Halftime: Marshall 54-30. 3-point goals: AL 7-34 (Mitchell 1-3, Wilson 3-8, Rogers 0-1, Stamper 0-3, Stumbo 1-6, Brewer 0-1, Atkins 0-1, Shelley 0-1, Mills 0-2, Combs 0-1, Malicoat 2-7), MU 15-26 (Canty 1-4, Thomas 3-3, Boykins 2-3, Smith 2-3, McNair 0-1, Manning 3-5, Loop 4-7). Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none. Attendance: 4,126.

     


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