There was the pretty: A.W. Hamilton hit a win-sealing three-pointer with 1:08 remaining, after suffering through a 4-for-12 shooting night.
"I got my legs into that one," said Hamilton of the three.
And then there was the ugly: MU guard Tre' Whitted went 0-for-10 from the free throw line. This despite having made 91-of-100 free throws in practice on Tuesday. Whitted still finished with 11 points, so all was not in vain.
"All you can do is smile about it," Whitted said -then smiled- about his freakish free throw-missing night. "I shot 100 yesterday, and I'll shoot 200 tomorrow."
Marshall's Marvin Black tapped in two of his 16 points over Eastern Michigan's Ricky Cottrill (14) on Wednesday night.
Marshall's Eric Smith went on a personal 8-0 run midway through the first half, to give The Herd a slim 22-20 lead with 9:52 remaining. Marshall led by as many as 10 points (David Anderson dunk), but Eastern's Markus Austin hit two jumpers to cut the MU lead to only three at the half, 37-37.
"Marshall took some things away from us," added Eastern coach Jim Boone. "We just did not have good guard play, and in this league, you've got to have that. For us to be good, we need Mike Ross to play. It's a shame he didn't play better tonight."
Marshall held Ross to just two points for the game.
In the second half, MU's Marvin Black finally shook free of the poor play that had haunted him the last three games. Black finished the game with 16 points and 12 rebounds, with 10 of those rebounds coming in the second half. Eastern Michigan tied the game twice in the second half, and Marshall countered with 6-point leads.
"I was frustrated by everything," said Marvin Black of his recent slump. "But these guys here helped me adjust. It feels good to be back on track."
Hamilton's three-pointer with 1:08 remaining effectively sealed the win for Marshall.
In addition to Black's 16 points, Marshall also placed Hamilton (13 points, 7 assists), Tre' Whitted (11 points) and Eric Smith (11 points) in double figures for the game. The Herd shot 44.1% (26-of-59) from the field, including 7-of-16 from three point range. Marshall committed only 11 turnovers, compared to EMU's 17.
James Jackson added 13, and John Bowler scored 12 points. EMU shot just 3-of-13 from three point range (23.1%) and 26-of-65 from the field (40.0%).
Marshall improves to 8-12 overall and 5-7 in the MAC with the win, while Eastern Michigan drops to 9-11 overall and 4-8 in league play with the loss.
Next up for Marshall is a home game against Western Michigan this Sunday at 2pm in the Henderson Center.