The cold temperatures outside matched the cold shooting inside as Marshall met Akron at James A. Rhodes Arena yesterday.
In a game where both teams shot a combined 40% from the floor, Akron was able to hold onto a late lead and defeat the Thundering Herd 59-58.
Marshall held the Zips without a basket for the game’s final two minutes and twenty seven seconds, giving themselves a chance to win on their final possession. With the clock reaching zero, Herd point guard Kareem Canty launched a desperation heave from mid-court, but the ball only hit the rim before harmlessly falling to the floor.
Four of Marshall’s five starters scored in double-digits, lead by Ryan Taylor’s 16 points. TyQuane Goard, Chris Thomas, and Canty all contributed 10 points apiece.
After being out-rebounded by 17 at South Carolina last week, the Herd continued its struggles on the boards against Akron. Of the Zips 42 rebounds, 20 came on the offensive end, resulting in 12 second chance points.
The loss dropped Marshall’s record to 5-9 this season and continued an ugly trend on the road. All of the Herds five victories have occurred at home and they have not won away from the Cam Henderson Center since last February.
Marshall plays its last non-conference game of the season on Sunday against Presbyterian. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Henderson Center.
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