Ducks Whack Herd, 90-61

Oregon's Luke Jackson lit up Marshall for 21 points as the Ducks downed the Thundering Herd handily, 90-61, in the Pape' Jam on Saturday night...

"I don't know how to overcome 16 first half turnovers," summed up Marshall's first-year coach Ron Jirsa.

And those 16 first half turnovers doomed the Herd, as Oregon took advantage of them to the tune of 44-30 at halftime. Oregon's Luke Jackson had 8 first half points.

"We got up and down the floor with them, but they hit some big shots," added Jirsa.

Oregon extended the lead to 30 points with 7:55 remaining on Jackson's three pointer. Marshall went on a 8-0 run over the following two minutes, but Jackson immediately responded with two more threes on consecutive Oregon possessions.

Marshall's Marvin Black drove the lane against Oregon on Saturday night at the Pape' Jam.

That led to Oregon's largest lead of 33 points at 88-55 with 3:22 remaining in the game.

Marshall's A.W. Hamilton notched a career-high 17 points in the loss. "It was important he made those open shots," Jirsa said of Hamilton's first half scoring, which kept Marshall somewhat in range of the Ducks. "We've got to be better and part of that is on the offensive side of the ball."

Leading scorer Ronny Dawn was held to only three points in the game. Starting center Mark Patton, overcome with the flu, played but did not score in the game.

Marshall finishes the week-long road swing (Kentucky, Radford, and Oregon) with a 2-3 overall record heading into next Saturday's home contest with Northern Illinois at 7pm. The Herd went 1-2 on the road swing with a win at Radford, after playing Kentucky close last Tuesday evening.

Jirsa said the benefits of playing good teams on the road will pay benefits when The Herd gets into Mid-American Conference play, beginning next Saturday.

"There are advantages to playing tough teams early," Jirsa summed up. "I feel like we're going to have the advantage of being battle-tested, though."

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