HOUSTON — A week off did not prove to be beneficial for the Thundering Herd as Marshall traveled to Houston and suffered another blowout loss, 103-74.
Houston (16-11, 5-9 Conference USA) shot nearly 60 percent from the field to dominate Marshall (12-17, 5-9).
“They got every shot they wanted. They got any basket they wanted and we had no resistance,” said Marshall coach Tom Herrion.
For Marshall, this marked the third time this season it allowed an opponent to eclipse the century mark.
Houston shot 50 percent from beyond the 3-point line and had success when it worked the ball inside, outscoring Marshall in the paint 50-30.
“It was a thoroughly disappointing performance on the defensive end of the floor. We put up no resistance, no fight. I’m disappointed mightily and wholeheartedly,” Herrion said.
Trailing 44-28 at the half, Marshall cranked up its offense for 48 second-half points on 42 percent shooting, but the Cougars shot nearly 68 percent from the field and scored 59 points, opening up the lead to as many as 32.
“I’m really happy for our guys. It was a good performance by our team overall,” said Houston coach James Dickey. “They did a terrific job of getting themselves ready to play. As I told them after the game, they should always be that way.”
Houston had three players score more than 20 points, led by sophomore TaShawn Thomas who scored 25 on 12-18 shooting and also grabbed 14 rebounds. Danuel House and Joseph Young each scored 23 for the Cougars.
Marshall’s DeAndre Kane was the game’s leading scorer with 27 points, though it took him 25 shots to reach that number. Elijah Pittman added 22 points and Dennis Tinnon scored 13 for the Herd.
Marshall has a quick turnaround for its next game as it will host Southern Miss on Tuesday for Senior night. The Herd will look to avenge a 56-point loss to USM earlier this season.
“They handled us pretty easily in Hattiesburg,” ” Herrion said. “We’ve got to regroup quickly. There’s no mercy. We have to pick ourselves up off the mat.”
– Jarrod Clay