COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Five players reached double-figure scoring for Marshall men’s basketball (4-9) in an 87-67 road loss at No. 4 Maryland (11-1) in front of a sellout crowd of 17,950 at XFINITY Center on Sunday night.
The loss closed non-conference play for the Thundering Herd.
A quartet of guards had 11 points apiece to lead Marshall: redshirt freshman C.J. Burks (Martinsburg, W.Va.), sophomore Jon Elmore (Charleston, W.Va.) and juniors Stevie Browning (Logan, W.Va.) and Austin Loop (South Webster, Ohio). Senior forward James Kelly (Ann Arbor, Mich.) had 10 points, reaching his 13 consecutive game in double-figure scoring. Kelly, Browning and junior forward Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis) had team highs of seven rebounds apiece.
“A lot of things we did really well but we couldn’t get the ball in the basket,” Marshall coach Dan D’Antoni said. “A lot of good things, ball movement was really good. We were right there and it should’ve been a one, four, six point game at half but we let it slip a little bit. We’re getting better and we’re looking forward to the second half of the season.”
The Herd kept it close for the first few minutes and even took the lead (9-5) after a 6-0 run at 16:17. However, the No. 4 Terps answered with an 18-2 run over the next 3:53 to take a 23-11 advantage. Maryland reached an ultimate margin of 13 (29-16) at 10:06, but the Herd was far from finished. A 12-0 run over 2:49 put Marshall within one point, down 34-33 with 5:21 before the break. The Terps ended the period on a 9-0 run to claim a 10-point lead, 46-36, at halftime. Loop scored all his 11 points in the first half with 3-of-5 shooting from long range.
Shooting woes plagued the Herd to start the second half, as it began 3-of-16 from the field while the Terps were 7-of-13 and had a stretch of five consecutive made baskets to reach a 19-point lead at 11:51 (66-47). Maryland continued its hot streak and reached a largest lead of 27 at the 4:15 mark (82-55). After the Herd started the second half 0-of-12 from long range, Browning sunk a last-second triple to set the final score at 87-67.
The Terps had hot hands, shooting 51.5 percent (34-of-66) to Marshall’s 35.1 percent (27-of-77), and were 48.1 percent (13-of-27) from behind the arc to the Herd’s 19.4 percent (6-of-31). Maryland had the edge on the boards, 44-37. A bright spot for the Herd was the conversion of 15 points off 19 Terrapin turnovers, while Marshall allowed only seven points off 13 committed turnovers.
“It’s been a long road trip and we’ve been on the road for most of the preseason,” D’Antoni said. “We just back from Vegas and I think we ran out of gas in the second half. We did a lot of good things but we have to make shots. We have to rebound them, get more fast break points, more second chance points.”
Marshall will host WKU to open Conference USA play on Sunday, Jan. 3, at 1 p.m. at Cam Henderson Center. The game will be broadcast by American Sports Network. For the latest information about Marshall men’s basketball, follow @HerdMBB on Twitter.