HUNTINGTON – It may not have ended the way Marshall’s players wanted, but the Thunder Herd got what they wanted Friday night: a win.
Marshall amassed a 21-point lead and took a 75-67 win over Charlotte at the Cam Henderson Center.
As Marshall’s Taevion Kinsey pointed out, every aspect is crucial when it comes to basketball games in March.
“I think we played a little too relaxed and I also feel we didn’t finish that game as we should have,” said Kinsey, who finished with 19 points and nine rebounds. “Tomorrow, we have to come back, stay focused overnight – it’s a quick turnaround. We’re just happy to pull off that win. We need it now.”
While Marshall got the win he needed, his chances of getting a first round farewell in the Conference USA tournament went out the window with the Old Dominion’s 71-69 win over western Kentucky.
The Herd can’t finish higher than number 3 in the East Division and needs a win over Charlotte on Saturday to solidify the number 3 seed.
Marshall jumped to a 16-point lead in the first half and built that cushion up to 21 points before the 49ers started hooking the deficit.
A 13-2 from Charlotte narrowed the lead to 10 with 15 minutes left, but Marshall’s attack stabilized to increase the margin back to 19 after a reverse layup from Jannson Williams.
While Kinsey …