Marshall’s Dynamic backcourt of Damier Pitts and DeAndre Kane combined to score 44 points in an 82-63 win against Iona Sunday afternoon at the Cam Henderson Center. Pitts finished with a career high nine made field goals and scored a game high 25 points while Kane added 19 points.
“My teammates where putting me in good spots,” said Pitts. “I just found the openings and knocked down my shots.”
Iona controlled the opening tip and jumped out to an early lead 11-6 at the first media timeout. The Herd’s Justin Coleman was responsible for all six points. The Gaels countered several Herd baskets and led for almost the entire first half. Pitts knocked down a three-pointer to tie the game at 38 all with 1:19 seconds left in the half. A layup by Nigel Spikes 20 seconds later gave the Herd their first lead of the contest. Marshall closed out the half on a 7-2 run to take a 42-40 lead into halftime in front of 5,918 fans at The Cam Henderson Center.
Iona’s Mike Glover led all scorers in the first half with 16.
“I thought we made some good adjustments at halftime,” said Head Coach Tom Herrion. “Glover is really talented and hard to guard.”
The second half started off with The Herd striking quickly as Robert Goff converted two layups. Pitts’ back to back threes gave Marshall a 59-48 lead with 15:12 left in the game and the Thundering Herd never looked back. The team cruised to an 82-63 win,outscoring the Gaels 40-23 in the second half.
Iona came into the contest as the nations highest scoring team averaging 90.5 points per game but where held to their lowest outing of the season with 63.
“Marshall was a much better team tonight than we tonight, they just outmanned us on the court,” said Iona’s Head Coach Tim Cluess.
Marshall continued its dominance on the boards with a 39-18 edge while holding Iona to dismal six rebounds in the second half. The Herd finished with 19 offensive rebounds on 29 missed shots.
Kane finished the contest as the player of the game with 19 points, 5 assists and 5 steals.
Dennis Tinnon led the Herd in rebounding with 11 as Nigel Spikes chipped in with seven. In only his second game of the season since returning from an injury, coach Herrion said Spikes performed well.
“Seven rebounds in 18 minutes, that’s a high rebound per minute average,” said Herrion. “We are just in the process of getting him back to 100%, hopefully by the time we hit UTEP.”
In Justin Coleman’s first career start he recorded a career best 11 points.
The Gaels fall to (7-2) on the season while the Herd improves to (6-2) with a home game Saturday against High Point.