FINAL: Delaware State 53, Marshall 51
HUNTINGTON -- Marshall overcame a large deficit in the second half, but Delaware State got a key 3-pointer in the final minute to give the Hornets a 53-51 win in the first game of 2013 for both teams on Wednesday night.
The loss was Marshall’s first of the season at the Cam Henderson Center.
Elijah Pittman led Marshall with 17 points while Dennis Tinnon added 13 points and 10 rebounds.
With the game tied at 46, Delaware State’s Jabari Joyner nailed a 3-pointer to give the Hornets a three-point lead.
After a pair of Herd free throws, the Hornets hit all four free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Marshall (7-7) trailed 31-19 after a quick 10-2 run by Delaware State to start the second half, but after struggling mightily offensively in the early going, the Herd used its defense to get the offense going.
The Herd went on an elongated 24-10 run to take its first lead on a pair of free throws by Elijah Pittman to make it 43-41.
The teams then settled in for the defensive struggle down the stretch.
Delaware State (6-8) led 21-17 at the half as Marshall’s offense was inept with nine turnovers and just two assists.
Casey Walker had 13 points to lead the Hornets while Marques Oliver had 12. Tyshawn Bell added 11 in the win.
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