D’Antoni on Herd following latest loss to Miami Ohio: ‘We’re not a very good team’

— By David Walsh 

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Miami Ohio opened an 18-point lead over Marshall with just over 3 minutes left, before the Thundering Herd went on a tear to catch up, but ultimately fell short and the RedHawks prevailed, 79-74, Saturday in front of 4,233 fans at Cam Henderson Center.

“We’re not a very good team,” Herd coach Dan D’Antoni said. “There are a lot of things we need to straighten out. It starts with me. Somehow, we have to right the ship and get it right.”

Mekhi Cooper led the Mid-American Conference team with 17 points. He made 5-of-10 attempts from beyond the arc. Evan Ipsaro added 16 points while going 5-of-8 from three-point range. Bradley Dean came off the bench to score 14 and Darweshi Hunter finished with 11.

Nate Martin led Marshall with 14 points and 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. 

“They outplayed us,” Martin said. “They were more physical than us. They had more energy than us.”

Kamdyn Curfman added 13 and Kevon Voyles 10. All came in the first half.

Jacob Conner led the Herd in rebounds with 10.

“We started slow. We couldn’t find the right kind of energy,” Conner said. “We were really flat. We picked it up the last three minutes to make it closer than it looked. We’ve got to bring it from the start.”

The game featured a series of runs by both teams. Marshall (2-5) went on an 8-0 surge for an 18-15 lead. Miami (4-3) closed out the first half on a three-point barrage for a 32-24 lead at intermission.

The RedHawks took their first double-digit lead at 37-26 off of a Bryson Bultman layup, but the Herd made a push and closed to within 39-36 with 14:22 to play.

Miami would later reel off seven straight points to build its lead to 58-49. It would grow to 77-59 on a Cooper basket with 3:04 to play.

That’s when Marshall caught fire and got as close at four at 78-74.

“Basketball’s a game of runs,” Conner said. “They go on one and push the game out. It makes it that much harder to get back in. We’ve got to keep getting better.”

Miami had 10 field goals in the first half and eight were threes. The RedHawks finished 13-of-26 from three — their best effort of the season.

Marshall shot 35 percent from the field and 29 percent from beyond the arc.

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