Marshall Men Pull Away From Buffalo, 86-74

Marshall Men Pull Away From Buffalo, 86-74


  • Box Score

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. ? The Thundering Herd men?s basketball team used a 24-3 run midway through the first half in route to an 86-74 win over the Buffalo Bulls in conference action on Saturday evening. Marshall improves to 6-7, 3-3 in the Mid-American Conference, while the Bulls fall to 5-9, 1-5 in league play.

    MU?s aforementioned run was sparked by freshman Tre Whitted?s (Wilmington, N.C.) two three-pointers that started the run at the 12:55 mark in the first half. Marshall would never relinquish the lead the rest of the way, although Buffalo cut the margin to six on two occasions in the second half.

    For the game, Marshall had its best performance from the floor for the year, knocking down 24-of-46 shot attempts (52.2%), including 7-of-14 (50%) from beyond the arc. The Herd also frequented the free throw line 19 more times (42-23), and made 14 more than the Bulls (31-17). Both teams had 40 rebounds on the night, but Buffalo dominated the normally steady Herd on the offensive glass. The Bulls out-rebounded Marshall 17-8 on the offensive glass, which led in part to 23 more shot attempts for Buffalo. Even with the extra attempts, UB could not overcome the sharp shooting Marshall team.

    Marvin Black (Cleveland, Ohio), who played in his first game since injuring his sternum against Western Michigan on January 12th, had his MAC-leading fifth double-double of the season coming off the bench with 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Thundering Herd. A.W. Hamilton (Georgetown, Ky.) tied his career high with 17 points, while Mark Patton (Barboursville, W.Va.) chipped in 14 points, nine of which came on free throws. Tre Whitted closed out the Marshall scorers in double figures with 11 points.

    Buffalo had five players in double-figures, and were led by Yassin Idbihi?s 17 points. Mario Jordan and Turner Battle tallied 15 points, Jason Bird added 11, and Daniel Gilbert posted ten points. Battle added ten rebounds to lead the Bulls on the glass.

    Marshall returns to action Wednesday evening at the Toyota Capital Classic in Charleston, W.Va., when they take on intrastate rival West Virginia. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.