Markel Humphrey was the poster boy for the kind of afternoon it was in Birmingham, Alabama at Gene Bartow Arena in the Herd falling two games under .500 in Conference USA with two games to play. Humphrey had his second consecutive double-double, and third in four games, with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Yet he hit only 3-of-15 shots in the game, just 2-of-7 from three. Humphrey did hit on 8-of-10 from the free throw line as the Herd had more free throws made (18-of-24) than field goals made (17-of-59). Marshall shot 75 percent from the free throw line.
Marshall also got 15 points from Mark Dorris, who hit 6-of-15 shooting but just 1-of-7 from three. The Herd out-rebounded UAB by 46 to 27, including 20 offensive rebounds that led to 20 second chance points, but missed way to many shots in the paint and layups. MU was just 6-of-24 on layups/in the paint in the first half and only 16-for-34 for the game.
The Herd also had two centers foul out, including Jean Francois Bro Grebe, who did not score or grab a rebound, and Tyler Wilkerson, but the freshman had eight rebounds and five points. "Tyler is our best post-player right now," said Ron Jirsa after the game. "We looked a little fatigued when we cut the score to nine and couldn't get it to seven or five." Marshall never trailed by more than 14, but also never got closer than seven points in the second half after trailing 38-29 at the half.
Marshall returns home Wednesday for the final home game of the season against the Rice Owls, an 8 p.m. start for CSTV. Marshall seniors Tre Whitted, Travis Aikens and Chris Ross, along with senior manager Travis Persinger and senior cheerleader Jennifer Cline, will be honored in the pre-game. Marshall's final game of the season is next Saturday at Southern Miss, a 5 p.m (ET) start in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.