Marshall misses 3-point record, beats Mount St. Mary’s 98-75
HUNTINGTON — Marshall’s Thundering Herd was one 3-point field goal shy of the men’s basketball school record Wednesday night.
But, 19 makes was more than enough to shoot down Mount St. Mary’s, 98-75, in front of 6,050 spectators in Cam Henderson Center. Marshall (3-0) set the school record for 3-point attempts with 45 against the Mountaineers (0-3).
Marshall’s C.J. Burks fired in the 19th 3-point shot with 3:16 left in the game and the Herd misfired on its final five attempts to get the record.
“We’re pretty good when we make shots and it’s hard to beat us,” Marshall head coach Dan D’Antoni said.
Mount St. Mary’s had the hot hand
early, sinking six of its first eight 3-point tries and had an eight-point lead at 12:32 of the opening half. Herd guards Rondale Watson and Jon Elmore pulled the Herd even at 16-16 with 10:56 left in the half on a drive for a layup and a 3-pointer respectively.
The Mountaineers regained a 20-16 edge with 10:08 to go before halftime. Elmore cashed a 3-pointer then lobbed to Taevion Kinsey for a dunk before Jarrod West’s 3-pointer put the Herd on top, 24-20, at 8:23 of the half.
Sophomore guard Jalen Gibbs of the Mountaineers drove through the Herd defense to tie the teams 29-29 with 4:49 to go. Marshall assumed command from there with West and Elmore making two more 3-point shots each in the final three minutes of the period. Elmore’s triple with five seconds left put Marshall up at halftime, 48-37.
Marshall made 11 of its 3-pointers in the first half and eight more after the break when it steadily pulled away. Marshall’s biggest lead was 80-48 when Watson connected on a jump shot at the nine-minute mark.
Mount St. Mary’s head coach Dan Engelstad said his team was true to its M.O.
“We can string it together for the early part and can’t sustain it,” he said.
A big part of the game was The Mount committing 24 turnovers and Marshall getting 33 points as a result.
Elmore and Burks, the Marshall senior backcourt tandem, tossed in 24 and 16 points respectively. West, a sophomore guard, followed with 14 and 6-9 sophomore forward Jannson Williams scored 10 and grabbed five rebounds. West made four steals and Burks had three.
Watson contributed big coming off the Marshall bench with five points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.
“Rondale Watson was the star of the game” D’Antoni said. “He had a marvelous game.
Gibbs (17 points), 6-9 freshman Malik Jefferson (15 points, 14 rebounds) and 6-8 freshman Nana Opoki (14 points) led the Mountaineers.
“Our focus wasn’t great early on,” Elmore said. “The second half we got our focus.”
Elmore said he thinks Marshall will break the 3-point field goal record by the end of the season.
The 3-point mark was set three times previously -- vs. Louisiana Tech (March 10, 2017), vs. Western Kentucky (Jan. 21, 2017) and vs. Morehead State (Dec. 14, 1996). Marshall surpassed the school record of 3-point attempts set in the same games against Western Kentucky and Morehead State.
Herd guard Keith Veney set the NCAA Division I record with 15 3-point baskets in the memorable Morehead State game.
Mount St. Mary’s is a Northeast Conference team with a roster of one graduate transfer, seven sophomores and nine freshman. The graduate transfer is 6-4 guard K.J. Scott (Texas Southern University) who wasn’t with the trip because of “team reasons,” his coach said.
Marshall’s next action is a 7 p.m. Monday home game against North Carolina A&T (0-4). The Aggies lost Monday at Hofstra, 92-72. Marshall won Sunday at home against Hofstra, 76-72.
North Carolina A&T is a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference team from Greensboro, North Carolina. The Aggies opened the season with a loss against UNC Greensboro (74-66), lost at Wake Forest (90-78) and lost at Maryland (82-59) before playing Wednesday at Hofstra.
Kameron Langley, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, led the Aggies at Maryland with nine points and five rebounds.
The Aggies were 20-15 last season and lost at Liberty in the College Insider Tournament first round.
NEXT GAME NORTH CAROLINA A&T (0-4) AT MARSHALL (3-0)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday
WHERE: Cam Henderson Center, Huntington
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