Marshall started 2012 in disappointing fashion, dropping Sunday's home game against Akron 67-51. The Zips played suffocating defense over two quarters, forcing 14 Marshall turnovers while holding MU shooters to 37.9% from the field. Typically a strong defensive team Marshall had trouble containing Akron, allowing 20 second chance points and 40 points in the paint while only causing eight turnovers.
Despite leading Marshall with eleven points senior point guard Damier Pitts had a especially disappointing night, handing out more turnovers (five), than assist (three). Pitts back court mate DeAndre Kane was barely better, dishing out three assist while giving Akron an equal amount of turnovers.
The Herd did have one positive moment, needing only eight points to join Marshall's 1,000 career point club Shaquille Johnson scored eleven, starting in place of suspended freshman Justin Coleman.
Marshall (9-4) starts Conference USA play Wednesday night (8pm) against UTEP (7-7) at the Cam Henderson Center.
Box score for Marshall's 67-51 loss vs. Akron.