In a embarrassing home defeat, Marshall (7-7, 0-0) lost to Delaware State (6-8, 1-0) 53-51 Wednesday evening.
Playing without leading scorer Tahj Tate (15.7 points per game), the Hornets used a strong three point shooting effort, 22 bench points, and 15 Thundering Herd turnovers to secure its sixth win of the season.
It was a group effort for Delaware State as starting forwards Cassey Walker (13) and Marques Oliver (12) combined for 25 points. They were joined in double-digits by reserve Tyshawn Bell who scored 11 points in 33 minutes of play.
Marshall was able to hold Delaware State to 38.8% shooting from the field (19-49) but, the Hornets were excellent from three point range, hitting seven of 17 attempts (41.2%). The Herd was also its own worst enemy, barely sharing the ball in the first half to a tune of two assist and a 21-17 halftime deficit. A theme this season, Marshall continued to struggle from the free throw line, only converting 13 of 23 shots (56.5%).
Elijah Pittman lead the Herd with 17 points and was joined by Dennis Tinnon's double-double. The senior forward contributed 13 points and grabbed a game high ten rebounds.
After making his debut in against Kentucky, Marshall point guard Kelvin Amayo played 16 minutes, chipping in 8 points, 3 steals, and one assist.
The Herd returns to action this Saturday at Ohio, tip-off is scheduled for 2pm.
Video: Marshall coach Tom Herrion's post game press conference