Boys Basketball: Orr slows Marshall’s swift attack
Updated: January 25, 2012 9:06PM
The rule in the Red-West is protect your house. While it’s easier said than done when it comes to playing against Marshall, Orr managed to hand the visiting Commandos their first conference loss with a 68-50 victory Wednesday.
The Spartans (14-3, 6-2) led from wire to wire but only could manage a one-point lead after the first quarter and a six-point margin at halftime.
Orr used a 10-2 run at the beginning of the third quarter and pushed the margin to 40-30 to finish the third quarter.
The fourth quarter was all Spartans as they jumped to an 18-5 run, putting the game away.
The Comandoos (18-5, 7-1) are still in the drivers’ seat with only one game to play against Westinghouse while Crane, Farragut, Orr and Young all having two conference losses.
Coach Lew Adams said it was great team defense and the box-and-one on Marshall’s leading scorer Milton Doyle was the key.
“Jamal McDowell did a excellent job on Doyle. He is the second best player in this city without question, no one person can handle him, and they are a very well-coached team,” Adams said. “I am very proud of my team.”
Durell Williams led Orr with 18 points and 15 rebounds and Marquise Pryor had 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.
McDowell finished with eight points and 12 assists.
“They whipped us for 32 straight minutes,” Marshall coach Henry Cotton said. “Give them all the credit, they never let us get into it.”
Korbin McClain led Marshall with 18 points while Doyle was limited to just 10, 14 below his average.