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Men’s basketball routed by Marshall at home

Men’s basketball routed by Marshall at home

Junior guard J-Mychal Reese (52) gets stopped in front of the basket while going up for a layup against Marshall. Reese went 3-12 from the field in the first half which helped Marshall lead 33-61 at half. Colin Mitchell | Senior Staff Photographer

Men’s basketball routed by Marshall at home
January 14
21:16 2016

Reece Waddell | Senior Staff Writer

@ReeceTapout15

North Texas returned to action on Thursday night following a four day break and was routed by Marshall University 97-78 at home. The Thundering Herd (8-9, 4-0) made 10 first half three pointers en route to the victory and never trailed in the game.

The Mean Green (7-10, 2-2) was without starting guard and leading scorer Deckie Johnson, who missed his first game of the season with a sprained right foot. In his absence, North Texas struggled mightily scoring the ball, finishing the first half without a made three pointer.

Sophomore forward Jeremy Combs did his best to pick up the slack and finished the game with a career high 28 points and 18 rebounds, his third consecutive double-double and sixth of the season. It was not enough, however, as the Mean Green ended the game 39 percent from the field.

Freshman forward Khalil Fuller (22) goes up for a layup against two Marshall defenders. Colin Mitchell | Senior Staff Photographer

Freshman forward Khalil Fuller (22) goes up for a layup against two Marshall defenders. Colin Mitchell | Senior Staff Photographer

Marshall came out of the gate strong and started the game on a 15-4 run aided by four missed free throws by North Texas. The Thundering Herd shot 75 percent from the field through the first five minutes and eventually jumped out to a 26 to 11 lead at the first media timeout.

North Texas was unable to defend the three point line in the first half, surrendering seven threes in the first 10 minutes. Marshall’s ability to push the ball up the floor and come off ball screens left the Mean Green flustered and searching for answers, as the Thundering Herd shot 55 percent from beyond the arc in the first half.

Marshall extended its lead to as much as 28 points and entered halftime leading 61-33 after the Thundering Herd converted two free throws with less than a tenth of a second remaining. Sophomore guard Jon Elmore led the way for Marshall, scoring a team high 21 points on 7 of 15 shooting.

Freshman point guard Ja’Michael Brown (3) dribbles before making a pass in the first half against Marshall. Brown finished 5-13 from the field. Colin Mitchell | Senior Staff Photographer

Freshman point guard Ja’Michael Brown (3) dribbles before making a pass in the first half against Marshall. Brown finished 5-13 from the field. Colin Mitchell | Senior Staff Photographer

The Mean Green opened the second half on a 5-0 run but were quickly stifled, as Marshall matched each made shot with one of its own. The Thundering Herd built its largest lead of the game at 87-54 after making its 14th three pointer of the game.

North Texas did make a 10-0 run of its own late in the second half, buckling down on defense to hold Marshall to 1-of-11 shooting over the last three minutes of play. But the 33 point deficit was too steep to overcome.

Next Up: North Texas hosts Western Kentucky University on Saturday Jan. 16. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

Featured Image: Junior guard J-Mychal Reese (52) gets stopped in front of the basket while going up for a layup against Marshall. Reese went 3-12 from the field in the first half which helped Marshall lead 33-61 at half. Colin Mitchell | Senior Staff Photographer

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