For the second year in a row Marshall (5-4) walked away from the Capital Classic losers, falling to WVU (3-3) 69-59.
On a night when both teams shot poorly, a combined 36% (41-111), the game was decided by rebounding and second chance opportunities. The Mountaineers dominated both, out rebounding the Thundering Herd 43-35. WVU also held a huge advantage in second chance points, scoring 12 compared to Marshall’s two.
Turkish forward Deniz Kilicli lead the way for WVU with 21 points while grabbing five rebounds. Seven of Kilicli’s points came from the free throw line as he only missed one attempt at the charity stripe. WVU center Aaric Murray also came up big, leading both teams with 10 rebounds.
Three Marshall players, D.D Scarver (17), Elijah Pittman (16), and DeAndre Kane (13), scored in double digits. Scarver and Pittman were especially effective from long range, converting eight of 15 three point attempts.
Marshall’s front court players had an especially difficult evening, Dennis Tinnon, Nigel Spikes, Robert Goff, and Jamir Hanner combined for just two field goals and 13 total points.
Always a physical affair, 44 personal and five technical fouls were whistled last night. One player from Marshall, Goff, and four Mountaineers, Murray, Terry Henderson, Jabarie Hinds, and Eron Harris were ejected with 1:37 left in the game. Goff fell to the floor after a WVU basket and was run over by Juwan Staten, a scuffle ensued which was quickly broken up by the referees. After reviewing the incident, the aforementioned Mountaineers were ejected for leaving the bench along with Goff, who appeared to kick Staten in the groin as he was being stepped over.
For more on the game, follow the links below.
The Charleston Daily Mail
The Herald Dispatch
The Charleston Gazette
WV Metro News