Scores

Final

Marshall 78

(16-9, 4-6 C-USA)

East Carolina 65

(13-11, 5-5 C-USA)

    5:00 PM ET, February 12, 2011

    Williams Arena, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    1 2 T
    MRSH 34 4478
    ECU 21 4465

    Top Performers

    Marshall: D. Pitts 28 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast

    East Carolina: J. Sherrod 19 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Stl

    Marshall 78, East Carolina 65

    Associated Press

    GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Damier Pitts scored a career-high 28 points to help Marshall hold off East Carolina 78-65 on Saturday.

    Shaquille Johnson added 14 for the Thundering Herd (16-9, 4-6 Conference USA), who led by 27 points in the second half before the Pirates staged a frantic rally to get within five with 5 minutes left. But Pitts broke the fullcourt press and hit a layup over Robert Sampson, then Johnson hit a jumper with the shot clock winding down for a 62-53 lead with 4:05 left.

    The Pirates (13-11, 5-5) never got closer, with Pitts adding a late 3-pointer and hitting four straight free throws before fouling out with 1:39 left.

    Jontae Sherrod scored 19 points for East Carolina, which shot 30 percent to fall behind 34-21 at halftime. Then Pitts hit a 3 to give Marshall its largest lead at 50-23 with 13:53 to play.

    Marshall also took a 44-22 rebounding advantage to offset 28 turnovers.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MRSH
    ECU
    Points 78 65
    FG Made-Attempted 25-44 (.568) 23-58 (.397)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-18 (.500) 8-28 (.286)
    FT Made-Attempted 19-27 (.704) 11-23 (.478)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 28 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 27 3

    2010-11 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    Jan 22, 2011 ECU 82, @MRSH 81Recap
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