Dec. 17, 2005
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Appalachian State's D.J. Thompson scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Mountaineers to a 73-65 win over the Thundering Herd Saturday evening in the Henderson Center.
Thompson made 7-of-13 shots, including four three pointers, and converted on 7-of-8 foul shots for the game. He also added five rebounds, six assists, and one steal.
Joe Miles (Forestville, Md.) was the only Marshall player in double-figures with 15 points.
The Mountaineers' win marked the Herd's first defeat at home this season (3-1) and ended a Marshall two-game win streak.
Appalachian State capitalized on the Herd's poor field goal shooting on the night - Marshall made only 21-of-59 shots for a 35.6% clip and knocked down only 6-of-22 shots from beyond-the-arc (27.3%). MU also had a hard time at the charity stripe, making only 17-of-31 attempts (54.8%).
"We missed some chip shots and a lot of lay-ups and Appalachian State capitalized," said Miles. 'They made their free throws and ran their stuff well.
"We missed a lot of open shots and missed a lot of free throws, but we ran our stuff pretty well and didn't turn it over that much, so it's kind of frustrating when things don't go right. Sometimes you have nights like that."
The Herd had its best turnover total of the season with 11, and posted its second consecutive game with a positive team assist-to-turnover ratio (14 assists).
Despite the poor shooting percentages, Marshall made the game competitive and held the lead, 59-58, at the 5:59 mark. Appalachian State took control moments later when they gained the lead on a Jeremy Clayton lay-up to make the score, 60-59, with 4:48 to play. The Mountaineers did not trail again after Clayton's basket, holding the Herd at bay with an 8-for-8 performance at the free throw line in the last two minutes.
"We have to outwork teams in order to win and we did not do that tonight," said Marshall head coach Ron Jirsa. "When we do not convert on offense, we must work harder on defense. We did not have the second and third effort that we need to get."
All of Marshall's damage was done at the foul line from the 8:44 mark on, the time of the Herd's last made basket (Miles three-pointer). There were a combined 52 fouls called on the night, and both teams combined to shoot 60 free throws.
"It was a very competitive, tough, physical basketball game," said Appalachian State head coach Houston Fancher. "I don't know if it was pretty at all. Nonetheless, both teams were coming off long breaks, but it turned out to be a contentious battle down to the end, a very hard-fought battle."
The Herd returns to action Tuesday evening against Charleston Southern in the Henderson Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.