Herd men’s basketball comeback falls short against Panthers

The score of the box | Antoni’s press conference

HUNTINGTON, West Virginia – The Marshall University men’s basketball team (8-16, 1-10 C-USA) overcame a 10-point halftime deficit against the FIU Panthers (14-11, 4- 8 C-USA), but came up short, 72-71, Thursday night at Cam Henderson Center

“It’s about competitiveness,” said men’s basketball head coach Marshall Dan D’Antoni said after the defeat. “You have to have the type of determination to do it, and we have to find the tenacity as a team to be disciplined when we need to be disciplined. We have to have the confidence to make plays.”

Second year in red shirt Andrew Taylor led all scorers with 22 points. Taylor made eight of 14 shots from the field, including 4-for-6 from three-pointers.

Junior Taevion Kinsey followed with 14 points on a night of 5-for-9 shooting. The Columbus, Ohio native recorded five assists, tied with Taylor for the team lead in the game. First-year student Obinna Anochili-Killen grabbed a set of nine boards.

FIU’s Tevin Brewer had 20 points and six assists.

FIU took a 10-4 lead in the first four and a half minutes of the game. However, the Herd responded with five points from Taylor, four from rookie Aymeric Toussaint and two from Anochili-Killen for an 11-0 streak. After the streak, Marshall led 15-10 at 12:29.

The Panthers quickly used an 8-0 advantage to regain the lead, 18-15, less than three minutes later. The visitors held the herd at bay for the remainder of the half and closed out the first 20 minutes of action on a 5-0 run. United trailed 39-29 at the break.

In the second half, the Thundering Herd went on a 13-2 streak, including eight runs by Taylor, from 4:23 p.m. to 1:46 p.m. It gave the home side their first lead, 47-45, since the 7:33 mark in the first half with just over 13 minutes left in the game.

After trading carries and taking the lead, Marshall led by one, 55-54, with 7:33 to go on the scoreboard. Then the Panthers collected the next eight points to take a 62-55 advantage with about five minutes remaining.

The two teams traded baskets over the next four minutes and Marshall cut the deficit to two, 70-68, with four clock ticks remaining on a Taylor layup but a pair of free throws made by Brewer limited the herd’s return effort. final moments of the game.


The Herd outscored the Panthers 42-33 in the second half.

MU scored 16 second-chance points on nine offensive rebounds.

Marshall shot 17 for 32 (53.1%) from the field in the second half.

The Herd hit a three in their 994th straight game, with the last game without a triple coming on February 27, 1989, in a win over App State.

Kinsey extended his double-digit scoring streak to 56 straight games.

Taylor recorded his fifth game of 20 or more points this season.


The Herd travels to El Paso, Texas to take on UTEP on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET/1 p.m. MT.

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