MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Will Barton scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds Saturday night as Memphis pulled away from Marshall at the end for an 83-76 victory over the Thundering Herd.
The win, the third straight for the Tigers (15-6, 6-1 Conference USA), left them tied at the top of the conference standings with Southern Mississippi, which won earlier Saturday night at Central Florida.Tarik Black worked inside for 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting, part of Memphis converting 30 of 54 shots (55.6 percent). Wesley Witherspoon finished with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting.Shaquille Johnson led Marshall (13-8, 4-3) with 21 points, while Damier Pitts scored 19, converting 5 of 8 shots. DeAndre Kane added 15 points for the Thundering Herd, who lost their fourth straight.The game was close throughout with neither team having a double-digit lead. There were 13 ties and 14 lead changes in the game.