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Orr's Marlon Jones pulls down a rebound over Marshall's Jerwon Hudson. | Stacia Timonere~for Sun Times Media.
Orr big men Tyquone Greer and Marlon Jones each had their troubles on Wednesday. Jones didn’t start the game because of a missed practice and
Greer had a rough first half, receiving several stern words from Spartans coach Lou Adams.
But in the end, both players redeemed themselves just enough to help No. 12 Orr to a 51-48 win over host Marshall.
“I spent the first quarter mad at myself because I wasn’t starting,” Jones said. “When I got in I wasn’t even trying to score, just help out a lot on defense.”
Jones, a 6-8 junior, finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.
“We had to hand out some discipline,” Adams said. “[Jones] came in and responded well and helped us turn it around in the second quarter.”
Greer’s three with 5:01 to play gave Orr (10-2, 2-0 Red West) the lead for good and his two free throws with seven seconds left sealed the win.
Greer has an interesting habit at the free throw line, shooting while chewing on his mouthpiece, with most of it sticking out of his mouth while he gnaws away.
“I started wearing a mouthpiece at the beginning of this season,” Greer said. “For some reason I like to play with it when I’m at the line.”
Greer shot 6-for-7 at the free throw line, so it’s unlikely Adams will be complaining about his star player’s unorthodox habit.
Greer scored 18, with eight rebounds and two blocks. His steady play late in the game helped Orr withstand a furious comeback from Marshall in the third quarter.
Both teams were sluggish from the start, but Orr led 24-17 at the break.
Marshall’s Citron Miller came out on fire, scoring nine consecutive points early in the third. A rebound and basket from Derrick Miles made it 38-30 Marshall with 1:57 to play in the third.
“It was my fault that it got close,” Greer said. “So I knew I had to step up and make a big shot.”
Miller led Marshall (10-6, 1-4) with 15 points. Cris Craig added eight and James King grabbed 11 rebounds for the Commandos.
“Marshall is a tough team,” Jones said. “They came out hot in the second half and we managed to settle them down and get the win.”