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D’Antoni wants big men to produce

December 2, 2018
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Marshall's Iran Bennett shoots layups during practice Sept. 26 at the Cam Henderson Center.

ATHENS, Ohio — It’s no secret the Marshall Thundering Herd is a guardoriented men’s basketball team.

That has carried Marshall to a 5-1 season start entering a 3:30 p.m. Saturday stop at Ohio University (4-2) in the Convocation Center and head coach Dan D’Antoni is searching for some size to complete the picture.

Senior guards Jon Elmore (20.7 per game) and C.J. Burks (18.3) and sophomore forward Jannson Williams (10.5) have done most of the scoring with input from sophomore forward Darius George (8.7), sophomore guard Jarrod West (7.5), freshman guard Taevion Kinsey (6.0) and senior guard Rondale Watson (5.2).

Marshall’s big men — a threesome of 6-foot-9 redshirt freshman Iran Bennett, 6-10 junior Ante Sustic and 6-9 sophomore Mikel Beyers — are producing only 10 points a game, along with about seven rebounds. Bennett started the first six games and leads the group with averages of 5.5 points and 3.2 rebounds.

D’Antoni said Marshall plays in a league (Conference USA) where big men have to play like guards. If they do that they become great players, he said.

Bennett had a few good minutes of action Wednesday when Marshall won at home against the College of William

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