HOUSTON – DeAndre Kane scored a game-high 27 points, but excellent shooting by Houston downed the Marshall men's basketball team in a 103-76 loss Saturday afternoon at Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars (16-11, 5-9 Conference USA) snapped a three-game losing streak against the Thundering Herd (12-17, 5-9 C-USA). The game was the last regular season meeting for the two schools as members of Conference USA with Houston heading to the Big EAST Conference next season.
Kane's 27 points came on 10-of-25 shooting. He was 2-of-9 from three-point range, part of Marshall's 7-of-31 (22.6 percent) effort from beyond-the-arc. Kane passed Bill Hall for 17th on the school's all-time scoring list, now with 1,445 career points.
Junior forward Elijah Pittman scored 22 points on 6-of-12 shooting and also added eight rebounds. Senior forward Dennis Tinnon rounded out Marshall's double-digit scorers with 13 points and 12 rebounds, his ninth double-double this season.
The Herd fell victim to a Cougar team that shot 59.4 percent from the field and showed why they are C-USA's top scoring team. Forward TaShawn Thomas scored 25 points, the second-most by a Herd opponent this season, and added a game-high 14 rebounds. He was 12-of-18 from the field contributing mightily to Houston's 59.4 percent shooting from the field.
"We had no resistance, no fight," said head coach Tom Herrion. "They (Houston) scored it at will. That disappoints me thoroughly, mightily and whole heartily."
Danuel House and Joseph Young each scored 23 points for Houston. House was 5-of-6 from three-point range.
As a team, Houston was 8-of-15 from three and dished out 26 assists to just 11 turnovers.
The Herd trailed the entire game and was down 44-28 at halftime after shooting just 28.6 percent from the field. Despite making just eight first half field goals, Marshall stayed alive by connecting on 10-of-13 free throw attempts in the first half. For the game, the Herd shot a season-high 77.8 percent (21-of-27) from the line.
Marshall trailed 71-42 with 11:42 to play until it showed some life, scoring 11 unanswered points to get within 18 points, 71-53 with 9:08 remaining. The Herd scored 20 more points in the second half than it did in the first. However, it was the defense that failed, allowing the Cougars to score 59 second half points by shooting 67.7 percent from the field.
"We head back home for a quick turnaround Tuesday night, senior night, our last home game against a very very good Southern Miss club," Herrion said.
Tuesday's game with Southern Miss is at 7 p.m. and will be televised by CBSSN.