ECU Pirates Unable To Overcome Sluggish Shooting And Falls To Marshall

Robert Sampson collected his fifth double-double of the year with 10 points and 17 rebounds.

From wire and staff reports

HUNTINGTON, WV Jan. 19, 2013 – DeAndre Kane tallied 22 points and Dennis Tinnon added his fifth double-double of the season as Marshall defeated Conference USA rival East Carolina 77-56 Saturday night.

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Kane hit 7 of 14 from the field and made 3 of 6 from 3-point range, while Tinnon had 11 points and 12 boards for the Thundering Herd (9-9, 2-1). Elijah Pittman added 19 points and D.D. Scarver 11, while Nigel Spikes grabbed 11 rebounds.

Robert Sampson collected his fifth double-double of the year with 10 points and 17 rebounds for East Carolina (11-6, 2-2), which had its two-game winning streak snapped.

Miguel Paul added 17 points and five assists, but committed seven of the Pirates’ 18 turnovers. Akeem Richmond added 10 points off the bench.

The Herd rushed out to an 18-2 lead, scoring the game’s first 12 points, as the Pirates connected on just 1 of their first 16 field goal attempts. ECU didn’t scores its first basket until nearly six minutes had passed. Its second field goal came four minutes later.

While the Pirates were struggling to score, the Herd was not. They shot 50 percent (18-36) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes and built a 25-point cushion with 4:08 remaining before halftime.

ECU connected on just 9 of 31 first half field goal attempts for an underwhelming 29.0 percent. Although the Pirates started off 2 of 17 shooting, they did finish strong making 7 of their final 14 shots in the half and trailed by 20 at the break, 43-23.

At the outset of the second half the Pirates seemed poised to put together another one of its patented comebacks, scoring the first six points to get within 14 in just over two minutes.

Marshall coach Tom Herrion quickly called timeout.

The Thundering Herd scored nine unanswered points out of the timeout pushing its lead back to 25 with 15:14 to play and eventually swelled to 29 points.

ECU used a 16-2 run to trim its deficit to 17, 69-52, with 4:35 to play behind three consecutives 3s from Richmond. That was as close as they could get as the 29-point deficit proved too much to overcome.

Marshall scored 24 points off the giveaways, and also outscored East Carolina 52-30 in the paint and 20-4 on fast breaks.