March 3, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.V. - Dennis Tinnon led five Marshall players in double figures with 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds as the Thundering Herd beat Southern Miss 79-75 on Saturday.
DeAndre Kane had 17, Damier Pitts and Shaquille Johnson recorded 13, and Dago Pena added 10 for Marshall (18-12, 9-7 Conference USA). All five of Marshall's starters grabbed at least four rebounds to help the Thundering Herd win the battle of the boards 44-36.
The Golden Eagles trailed throughout the first half but clawed back to take a 62-61 lead with 4:50 left to play behind a Darnell Dodson 3-pointer.
The Thundering Herd, however, used a 12-3 run to regain the lead, 73-65, with 1:02 remaining. Marshall made eight free throws while Southern Mississippi (24-7, 11-5) connected on just 3 of 6 free throw attempts and went 0 of 4 from the field during the run.
Jonathan Mills led Southern Miss with 17 points. Maurice Bolden scored 13 points and had five rebounds, while Darnell Dodson had 13 points and four boards. LaShay Page added 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
The Black and Gold shot 41.3-percent (26-of-63) from the floor and were 9-of-18 (50.0%) from three-point range. However, the Golden Eagles shot a season-low 53.8-percent from the free throw line (14-of-26). Marshall connected on 48.2-percent (27-of-56) from the field and just 3-of-18 (16.7%) from three-point land. The Thundering Herd also connected on 68.8-percent (22-of-32) and outrebounded USM, 44-to-36.
Southern Miss opens up the 2012 Conference USA Tournament in Memphis, Tenn., next Thursday, March 8. The Golden Eagles will be the two-seed and the game time will be determined later tonight. USM will play the winner of the No. 7/No. 10 game.