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Herd dumps Golden Eagles, 88-84

Mar. 05, 2013 @ 10:17 PM

HUNTINGTON — Marshall’s Thundering Herd made nine of 10 free throw attempts in the final 30 seconds Tuesday night and defeated Southern Miss, 88-84, in a Conference USA men’s basketball game in Cam Henderson Center.

The late free throws punctuated an outstanding shooting performance by Marshall, which made 55.1 percent from the field, 50.0 percent on 3-point attempts and 77.4 percent at the foul line.

Marshall improved to 13-17 overall and is 6-9 in the conference with one regular season game remaining Saturday at East Carolina.

Second-place Southern Miss, now 22-8 for the season and 11-4 in C-USA, might have been knocked off the bubble for NCAA tournament at-large bid consideration.

The Herd executed a 60-point turnaround from a 102-46 loss to the Golden Eagles on Jan. 23 in Hattiesburg, Miss.

It was Senior Night for Marshall seniors Rob Goff, Nigel Spikes and Dennis Tinnon.

Goff’s inspired play early in the contest helped Marshall pull away by eight points at halftime. He finished with eight points and five rebounds.

Spikes had seven points, five rebounds and three blocked shots along with making two clutch free throws with 30 seconds to go.

Tinnon netted five points and grabbed five rebounds.

Elijah Pittman’s 22 points led Marshall, which also had D.D. Scarver with 19 and Tamron Manning with 12.

Southern Miss forward Dwayne Davis pumped in 35 points.

Check Wednesday's edition of The Herald-Dispatch in print and online for more of this story.