Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Concord University played a Division I in-state opponent even for the first nine minutes on Monday night, then got out-gunned as the Marshall University Thundering Herd took a 94-60 exhibition win at the Cam Henderson Center.
In the first game on their new playing floor in Huntington, 12 of Marshall’s 14 in uniform got into action and five scored in double figures.
Freshman Ryan Taylor led the way with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Herd combined to shoot 54.1 percent from the field and outrebounded the Mountain Lions by 23.
Taylor said, “I like what we did out there today. We played as a team. We didn't really care about who scored and we weren't selfish with the ball. We went out there and had fun.”
A pair of freshmen led the way for the Mountain Lions. Guard Ali Barnes was 4 for 6 from three-point range on his way to a team-high 15 points. Forward Grant Dickinson finished with 13 points.
Sophomore guard Cam Shannon added eight points while the quintet of junior guard A.J. Williams, junior guard Mike Boyd, sophomore forward Terry Hopewell, freshman forward Jalen Camper and freshman guard B.J. Hamlet all chipped in four points apiece.
Williams grabbed five rebounds, tops on the Concord box score, despite playing much of the night in foul trouble.
As a team, CU shot 36.5 percent (22 for 63) from the field while forcing 16 Marshall turnovers on defense.
At the second media timeout of the first half, the contest was tied at 13-13. Taylor scored six straight points to give Marshall a boost that it rode into the half with a 44-26 advantage.
MU extended its halftime lead to as many as 40 points in the second half. Marshall’s fast-paced offense accumulated 18 fast-break points to two from Concord.
Marshall’s Kareem Canty and Shawn Smith finished the night with 15 points, while senior returner Elijah Pittman and transfer Chris Thomas added 14 each.
TyQuane Goard reeled in 10 rebounds which went towards Marshall’s 51 total rebounds. Along with controlling the glass, Marshall recorded 48 points in the paint to Concord’s 26 and 17 second-chance points to just six from the Mountain Lions.
Concord’s regular season gets underway in Winston-Salem, N.C. with a pair of games at WSSU Invitational Nov. 8-9 against Fayetteville State and host Winston-Salem State.
The Mountain Lions’ home opener is scheduled for Nov. 18 against Bluefield State.
Marshall opens regular-season play on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at home against South Carolina State.