Men's Basketball Overcomes Ten Point Halftime Deficit To Defeat Radford, 79-77
RADFORD, Va. - Sophomore forward Mark Patton (Barboursville, W.Va.) scored a career-high 19 points and added ten rebounds, as the Thundering Herd defeated Radford, 79-77, on a snowy evening at the Dedmon Center Thursday night.
Patton's double-double was the first of his Marshall career.
Marshall struggled in the first period, as an aggressive and hot-shooting Highlander team took a 42-32 lead heading into halftime. Radford shot 54.5% (18-33) from the floor, while Marshall knocked in 10-of-25 shots (40%). Thursday's matchup marked Marshall's third game in six days, and the wear and tear of the Herd's first two games earlier in the week was apparent in the first stanza. MU also committed in 13 turnovers in the first twenty minutes.
However, Marshall found their legs and mounted a comeback in the second half. The Herd scored ten consecutive points in a three minute span that turned a 61-51 Highlander advantage into a tie game at 61 with 10:06 to go in regulation. A see-saw battle ensued over the next seven minutes, as both teams traded baskets and exchanged the lead twice and saw the game tied two other times.
With the score tied at 72, Patton stole a pass at the top of the key as Radford was entering the ball into the Herd's frontcourt, and took it in for a layup to give Marshall a lead they would not relinquish. The Herd dodged two Highlander 3-point bullets as time expired to come away with the victory.
To go along with Patton's double-double, Marvin Black (Cleveland, Ohio) added 20 points while Ronny Dawn (Fort Thomas, Ky.) continued his hot shooting, also pouring in 20.
Whit Holcomb-Faye led Radford with 21 points. Chris Goodin added 15 points, while Aaron Gill chipped in 12.
The Thundering Herd head west for a showdown with the Oregon Ducks in the Pape Jam at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. Tip-off is set for a 9 p.m. start eastern time.