Saturday’s box score
WSU 69, Howard 50
Percentages: FG .415, FT .813. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Dickerson 2-4, Frazier 1-4, Lee 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots: 2 (Boyomo, Leary). Turnovers: 27 (Frazier 6, Leary 5, Okoroh 4, Dickerson 4, Phillips 3, Okoro II 2, Boyomo, Lee). Steals: 10 (Okoroh 4, Frazier 2, Boyomo, Phillips, Lee, Leary). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .457, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 7-22, .318 (Wessel 3-5, Baker 2-6, Wiggins 1-2, Williams 1-3, Armstead 0-1, White 0-1, Early 0-1, Van Vleet 0-1, Cotton 0-2). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 3 (Orukpe, Lufile, Cotton). Turnovers: 19 (Early 3, Baker 3, Cotton 3, Hall 2, White 2, Van Vleet 2, Orukpe, Williams, Wiggins). Steals: 13 (Williams 4, Van Vleet 2, Wessel, Baker, Early, Lufile, Cotton, Armstead, White). Technical Fouls: None.
Att.–10,183. Officials–Terry Wymer, Roland Simmons, Keith Kimble.
The Shockers looked lost against Howard’s match-up 2-3 zone for much of the first half.
WSU had 13 points after 12 minutes and the ball rarely penetrated the three-point arc.
“That’s not what we want to do,” Marshall said. “That was the result tonight, unless we turned it over; that was the other result.”
Outside shooting remains streaky (WSU is shooting 26.9 percent on three-pointers after four games) and Marshall wants to see the team focus its attack inside.
“When you attack a zone you’ve got to get the ball inside,” Marshall said. “I simply have not done a very good job, undoubtedly, of getting our guys to understand they’ve got to move, cut, screen and probe the defense by getting the ball inside off the dribble or off the pass.”
Asked after the game about what the team has to work on, Marshall said he “didn’t have time to list them all.”
Marshall did not hide his frustration about his team’s performance, but it is because he sees the potential they possess.
“It’s almost as if they think they got it,” Marshall said. “They’re so far away from having it. We’ve got to get better. We’ve got a lot of work to do. They could get it. This team could be very good, but it seems like they have this false sense of how good they are.”
A trip to Cancun for the holidays sounds enticing, but the Shockers won’t be doing any relaxing when they leave Sunday in preparation for Tuesday’s game against DePaul in Mexico.
“It’s a business trip,” Evan Wessel said. “It gives us an opportunity to get our minds focused back where they should be and get back to the way we should be playing.”
After playing the likes of North Carolina Central, Western Carolina and Howard at home, Marshall is hopeful playing a Big East opponent will draw the best from WSU.
“Maybe because it says DePaul across their jerseys we can get up for the game,” he said.
— Taylor Eldridge