Release: December 7, 2009
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Visiting Marshall (6-1) opened up a 17-point halftime margin and held off Binghamton (3-6) 69-55 Monday night from the Events Center. The Conference USA member Thundering Herd shot 52% and forced 19 BU turnovers in the victory.
Binghamton used a 13-1 run to trim a 15-point margin down to three, 43-40, with 11:52 remaining. Five different players scored, including freshman guard Dylan Talley, who drained a three-pointer and made a layup in the run. But the Thundering Herd made seven of their next 11 shots to push their lead back up to 10, 63-53 with 4:10 to play. The Bearcats then missed their final four shots in the closing 3:48 to seal their fate. The team also missed six free throws in the second half.
"We really fought in the second half to get back in the game but a few shots didn't go our way," interm head coach Mark Macon said. "We started playing the way we are capable of playing."
Junior guard Chretien Lukusa, the America East Player of the Game, tallied 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 39 minutes. Talley netted all 12 of his points in the second half. Talley added four rebounds and three assists. Sophomore center Kyrie Sutton continued his superb shooting touch with eight points on 4-of-5 shooting. Sutton ranks third in the America East in field goal percentage (.543).
The Bearcats dug themselves a hole early in the game, falling behind 26-8 in the first 12:38. They hit just 3-of-13 three-point attempts and trailed by as many as 22 points before reducing the 37-20, at intermission.
Marshall had four players in double figures, led by Tyler Wilkerson's 19 points.
The Bearcats next head to Des Moines, Iowa for the Drake Challenge this weekend. Binghamton will face the host Bulldogs in Saturday's 6 p.m. game.
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