UTEP defeats Marshall, 66-56
EL PASO, Texas — UTEP broke from a halftime tie with 10 quick points Saturday night in a 66-56 men’s basketball victory over the Marshall Thundering Herd.
UTEP, 11-6 overall and 1-1 in Conference USA, stretched its lead to 18 with 10:44 remaining.
Marshall made a comeback to within 60-55 with 1:37 to go.
“The first five minutes of the second half was where we lost it,” Marshall head coach Tom Herrion said. “At both ends of the floor.”
Julian Washburn got UTEP going in the second half with a jump shot and followed with a 3-point basket. C.J. Cooper hit a 3-pointer and John Bohannon added a basket that finished the run.
The Miners were ahead, 37-27, with 17:25 to go.
After the Marshall deficit grew to 18 the Herd took advantage of some UTEP turnovers and battled back. Chris Thomas scored seven consecutive that got the Herd going, then tacked on four more including a layup that sliced the gap to five.
Marshall (6-11, 0-2) needed a defensive stop to keep the rally going, but Vince Hunter’s layup with 1:05 left quieted the uprising. Hunter scored the final six UTEP points
The Herd went 0-2 on its conference-opening trip to Texas and fell to 0-9 this season away from Huntington.
UTEP made 46.8 percent of its shots against a zone defense Marshall played for most of the game attempting to neutralize a size disadvantage.
Hunter led the Miners with 20 points, Bohannon scored 18 and Washburn 17.
The 6-foot-11 Bohannon also grabbed 14 rebounds and 6-10 Cedrick Lang had 10 in a plus-9 performance by the Miners.
“We didn’t feel like we had good matchups,” Herrion said. “The zone was really good to us. They made adjustments and they made some shots in the second half.”
Marshall’s scoring was topped by forward Ryan Taylor’s 18 and Thomas with 13.
Kareem Canty, the Herd’s freshman point guard, failed to score in double figures for the first time. Canty was just 2-of-14 shooting and scored seven. Forward TyQuane Goard also scored seven. Goard and Thomas both had six rebounds.
The Herd was held to season lows in points and field goal shooting percentage (31.1). With just eight turnovers, Marshall had its best game of the season.
Attendance in the 12,000-capacity Don Haskins Center was 7,551. Marshall will return to the arena in March for the C-USA tournament.
Marshall men’s basketball
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at Marshall (6-11, 0-2)
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