Ohio thrashes cold-shooting Marshall
ATHENS, Ohio — Jon Elmore led all scorers with 26 points, but poor play on both ends of the court allowed the Ohio Bobcats to defeat Marshall University, 101-84, Saturday in front of 6,301 spectators in the Convocation Center.
Elmore knocked down a 3-point shot to start the game and Ohio (5-2) countered Marshall (5-2) with strong defensive play that limited the Thundering Herd to 36.4 percent field goal shooting in the first half and 44.1 percent for the game. Elmore’s shot that put Marshall ahead 3-0 was the Herd’s only lead.
C.J. Burks chipped in 22 points for Marshall but no other Herd player cracked double figures.
Ohio touched the Marshall defense for a season-best 51.4 percent shooting. The Bobcats came in averaging about five 3-pointers per game and connected on 9 of 17.
Redshirt sophomore forward Jason Carter led the Ohio offense with a double-double on 25 points and 12 rebounds. His team-high point total matched his career high for the third time.
Carter’s performance sparked a Bobcats team that outrebounded Marshall 49-29 for the game including 15-8 on the offensive glass. Ohio used that advantage to outscore Marshall 25-8 on second chance points.
The problems didn’t end there for the Herd.
Ohio, a team that came into the contest averaging 23.8 percent from three-point range, hit 9-17 shooting against Marshall for 52.9 percent on the night. Gavin Block came off the Ohio bench to score 18, all on 3-point field goals.
The winning point total was far more than Ohio’s season average of 75.7.
“We didn’t come out ready to play,” Marshall head coach Dan D’Antoni said. “We got little breakdowns in preparation. Just with the locker room getting ready the way it should be, people not on time getting ready to play. We came out here and they smacked us in the mouth.”
Marshall lost for the second time in its last three games.
D’Antoni called the loss, “upsetting” and revealed two areas the Herd will need to work on before its next game Wednesday at Duquesne.
The first will be being more prepared. The second will be developing the “bigs.”
“We got to get those bigs somehow,” D’Antoni said. “If we’re going to make a real run at the end of the year, we got to have some big play. Right now it’s not where it needs to be.
“We go back and practice. I got on them in (the locker room) on how they’re preparing for games. I have to make sure that in practices that they’re attentive and practice what they need to practice instead of the high-f lying dunks all the time.”
In the meantime, Ohio head coach Saul Phillips said he felt good about his team’s offensive performance that was an issue of concern. However, he couldn’t help but brag on his defense.
“I thought we did a good job on (Elmore),” Phillips said. “There’s only one number I’d really worry about and that’s the score, but I thought our job on (Elmore and Burks) was great. I was told if you can hold (Marshall) to eight 3-pointers you’re going to win the game.”
The Bobcats did that as the Herd was 8-for-27 on its 3-point attempts and 44.1 percent overall shooting.
Ohio now holds a 56-48 lead in the all-time series that dates back to the 1920-21 season.
MARSHALL (5-2) AT DUQUESNE (4-2)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: A.J. Palumbo Center, Pittsburgh
TV: AT&T SportsNet
RADIO: WDGG 93.7-FM, ESPN 94.1-FM and 930-AM