Release: December 28, 2010
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Host Marshall (9-3) hit 10 of its first 15 shots, including 6-of-7 three-pointers, built a 23-point halftime lead and rolled past Binghamton (3-8) 85-60 Tuesday night from the Cam Henderson Center.
After suffering through 19 hours of weather-delayed travel to get down to West Virginia, the Bearcats were given no reprieve by the tall and talented Thundering Herd. Marshall, which boasted three players of 6-foot-10 or taller, scored the game's first nine points, shot 54% in the first half and cruised. The hosts led 11-2 in the game's opening minutes and thanks to shooting that hovered above the 60% range most of the first half, Marshall built a 45-22 bulge at intermission. Compounding matters, the Bearcats were whistled for 12 first-half fouls and were over the limit with 11:30 still to play in the half. The Thundering Herd hit 9-of-11 from the line to pad their lead.
Despite shooting 48% in the second half and scoring 38 points (to Marshall's 40), BU could draw no closer than 15 points. The Bearcats hit just 6-of-23 from beyond the arc for the game and committed 15 turnovers.
Senior forward Mahamoud Jabbi was the lone bright spot offensively for BU. He scored a career-high 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Jabbi added eight rebounds and four blocks.
"Marshall is a heck of a team and when their bigs are scoring, it opens things up for their guards," head coach Mark Macon said. "We turned the ball over and when Greer (Wright) got in foul trouble, it hurt us. Marshall shot the ball well tonight and we gave them confidence early. But we played a heck of a second half. We just can't start off that slow. Mahamoud (Jabbi) had a good game. He is outsized against almost everyone he plays and yet he's hustling all over the court and getting the job done."
Senior leading scorer Greer Wright was called for three fouls in the first half, including two in the game's first 1:40. After being whistled for his fourth foul just 1:25 into the second half, he was relegated to the bench and wound up with just six points (nine below his season scoring average) in 24 minutes.
Sophomore guard Jimmy Gray added 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting.
The Thundering Herd had five players reach double figures, led by Damier Pitts, who netted 18.
The Bearcats next bus across the border to Kentucky, where they will face Morehead State on Thursday.
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