Herd men back in the win column
MIAMI, Fla. — Marshall University improved its all-time record against Florida International to 10-1 here Friday evening inside the Ocean Bank Convocation Center as the Thundering Herd cruised to a 79-66 Conference USA victory.
Antonio Daye, Jr., the leading scorer for the Panthers (8-7, 2-5), was held to just nine points — half of his season average.
The Thundering Herd (8-4, 2-3), who will take on the Panthers at 2 p.m. Saturday in a back-to-back, had its largest lead of the game at 38-15 with 7:16 left in the first half when Jarrod West assisted on a Darius George 3.
Marshall held a commanding 48-27 advantage at intermission, which marked a team-high for points in a half this year.
FIU, which received 11 points apiece from Dimon Carrigan, Jonathan Nunez and Tevin Brewer (game-high seven assists), shot less than 40% from the field (26 of 66) while MU hit 31 of 58 (53.4%).
Head coach Dan D’Antoni’s squad placed five players in double figures, led by 16 points each from West and Andrew Taylor, who double-doubled thanks to a game-high 10 rebounds. George finished with 15 points, Taevion Kinsey had 10 points, seven caroms and four assists while Obinna Anochili-Killen contributed a dozen counters and five boards. West also had a game-high four steals.
Marshall was able to help itself by owning a 25-9 advantage in points off turnovers as well as a 38-24 edge on points in the paint.
Taylor gave the Thundering Herd the lead for good at 2-0 on a pair of free throws and Jannson Williams followed with a dunk before Taylor assisted on an alley-oop to Anochilli-Killen to take a quick 6-0 lead. FIU was unable to make it a two possession game again after a West jumper pushed the cushion to 10-2.
The hosts went to the foul line just four times in the contest, making two. Marshall canned 14 of 21 from the line.