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Owls Use Supreme Bench Effort to Down Thundering Herd

Shayna Gore
Jan. 5, 2018

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BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic got an incredible 40-0 scoring margin from its bench to lift the host Owls to a 79-59 win over visiting Marshall Friday evening at FAU Arena.

FAU improved to 7-5 overall and 1-0 in Conference USA, while Marshall dropped to 6-7 and 0-1 in the league.

The Owls rebounded after the Thundering Herd exploded to a 14-0 lead just two minutes, 56 seconds into the game. The home team turned the tables with a 28-6 edge in the second quarter to grab a 44-28 halftime lead.

Marshall responded with a 20-16 third quarter to climb back within shouting distance but the Owls put the game away with a 19-11 edge in the final stanza.

FAU was led by Malia Kency's 20 points (6-11 on FGs, 4-7 on 3-pointers) to go with Sasha Cedeno's 16 points on 6-10 shooting and 10 additional points and five assists from Danneal Ford. Ra'Kyra Gabriel posted a game-high eight rebounds.

The Thundering Herd was led by Shayna Gore's 20 points and received 17 and seven rebounds from Talequia Hamilton. Kate Zhibareva also chipped in 10 points and Mychelle Johnson added five assists.

The turnover battle was about even (Marshall's 17 to FAU's 15), but the Owls cashed in the Thundering Herd's miscues to the tune of 23 points, while just 10 went the other way.

Gore, who is already the school's all-time leader in 3-pointers made (156), now was 1,122 points, good enough for 13th on the school's all-time scoring list, four behind Mary Lopez's total from 1975-79.

Hamilton blocked one shot and now has 114, one behind Chukwuka Ezeigbo (2011-15) for fifth.

"Believe it or not, we still had quite a few errors even while getting that 14-0 lead," said Marshall head coach Tony Kemper. "I'm not sure our focus level was quite there and that showed throughout the game and eventually caught up with us."

"We hit shots early and shared the ball really well to start the game. However, as it became a halfcourt game, we started to force some things. We have to move the ball and play together well. Tonight, there were moments of that but also long stretches where we weren't very good."

The Thundering Herd will be back in action Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. when it travels to FIU for an afternoon contest. The Panthers dropped a one-point game (77-76) to UTEP in Miami Friday evening.