In seven years of being a head coach Marshall's Tom Herrion had never lost to an opponent by 37 points. That changed Saturday afternoon as the Thundering Herd (7-8, 0-0) fell at Ohio (9-5) 94-57.
Turnovers were the main culprit as Marshall coughed up the ball 26 times. An opportunistic bunch, the Bobcats turned those turnovers into 51 points. Taking a bevy of easy shots, Ohio converted 65.3% (32-49) of their chances from the field. The Bobcats were also effective from the three point line, shooting 47.8% (11-23) from beyond the arch.
All five of Ohio's starters scored in double digits, lead by Nick Kellog's 22 points. Senior point guard D.J. Cooper, a potential NBA draft pick, dished out 17 assist while finishing second on the team with six rebounds.
If Marshall can take any positives from a 37 point loss it was the return of all Conference USA first team selection DeAndre Kane. Out for the past three weeks with a broken hand, Kane entered the game barely a minute into the first half, scoring six points and grabbing eight rebounds in 20 minutes. Shooting guard D.D. Scarver lead the Herd with 13 points.
Marshall returns to action on Wednesday in the Cam Henderson Center as they open conference play against Tulsa, tip-off is scheduled for 7pm.
Notes - Only one Marshall player, reserve point guard Kelvin Amayo had more assist (3) than turnovers (2). The Herd out rebounded Ohio 43-27. If you total Marshall's field goals and three point field goals (23) they fall three short of the Herd's turnovers (26).