Anthony Marshall has had a great season defensively, and he added another feather to his cap on Tuesday against Nevada-Reno.
Marshall put up his usual solid numbers on offense, producing 10 points and six assists, but his defense was spectacular. UNR guard Deonte Burton came in averaging 18.2 points per game, but Marshall was primarily responsible for holding him to 14 on 6-of-13 shooting.
By my count, Burton went one-on-one against Marshall six times, and on those six plays Nevada scored just three points.
Burton scored just one basket on Marshall, driving past him in transition for an easy scoop shot in the first half. His other point came when he drove the lane a few minutes later, drew a foul and made 1-of-2 free throws.
On three isolation plays, Marshall cut off Burton’s penetration and forced him to kick out to 3-point shooters, all of whom missed late in the shot clock. Burton also pulled up for a long 3-pointer over Marshall, which was off the mark.
The rest of Burton’s points either came when Marshall was switched on to another player, or when another UNR player screened Marshall out of the play.
It was quite a turnaround from last year’s meeting between the teams, when Burton went off for 29 points in a losing effort.
“I felt like last year we kind of got up and pressed him and he just attacked us off the fast break,” said Marshall. “So this year we tried to back off him a little bit, pick and choose when we wanted to get up. We just tried to switch it up and throw some different things at him.”
Burton, a 29.4 percent 3-point shooter, went 0-of-4 from long distance.
Marshall also didn’t get much of a chance to rest throughout the game. Burton played all 40 minutes, so Marshall stayed on the floor for 38 minutes, and his defense was a big reason why the Rebels came away with the win.
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