Marshall holds off Southern Mississippi 79-75

The Associated PressMarch 3, 2012

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) Dennis Tinnon led five Marshall players in double figures with 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds as the Thundering Herd beat Southern Mississippi 79-75 on Saturday.

DeAndre Kane had 17, Damier Pitts and Shaquille Johnson recorded 13, and Dago Pena added 10 for Marshall (18-12, 9-7 Conference USA). All five of Marshall's starters grabbed at least four rebounds to help the Thundering Herd win the battle of the boards 44-36.

The Golden Eagles trailed throughout the first half but clawed back to take a 62-61 lead with 4:50 left to play behind a Darnell Dodson 3-pointer.

The Thundering Herd, however, used a 12-3 run to regain the lead, 73-65, with 1:02 remaining. Marshall made eight free throws while Southern Mississippi (24-7, 11-5) connected on just 3 of 6 free throw attempts and went 0 of 4 from the field during the run.

Jonathan Mills led Southern Mississippi with 17.