A.W. Hamilton's three-pointer with 4:33 remaining in the first half gave Marshall their first lead of the game at 21-19. Behind the hot three-point shooting of Ronny Dawn, the Herd's run would continue up to halftime. Dawn drained three three-pointers as the 21-5 run ended with Marshall enjoying a 7 point lead, 30-23, at the half.
"We've got to keep screening and getting our shooters open," Jirsa said of the first half run> "When we shoot well, we're going to be in any game. "
And shoot well, Marshall did. The Herd hit a blistering 51.1% (23-of-45) from the field during the game, including 7-of-9 (77.8%) from three-point range. Marshall also drained 94.4% from the free throw line (17-of-18).
Miami (17-10, 12-6 MAC) fought their way back behind the shooting of Juby Johnson in the second half. His bank shot with 10:13 left gave Miami the lead once again, at 49-47. Before it was all said and done, Johnson would finish with 30 points in the game.
Down 67-70 with :15 left in the game, LaVar Carter grabbed the rebound from A.W. Hamilton's missed three-pointer and got the put-back and drew a foul. Carter hit the free throw to tie the game at 70-70.
"LaVar, I can't say enough," Jirsa added of Carter's game-tying free throw. "He stayed with it and made the big shot."
On the final possession, Miami's Juby Johnson tossed up a baseline jumper that missed, and Tim Schenke got the put-back with only 0.9 seconds remaining to give the RedHawks the 72-70 lead.
Juby Johnson sank two free throws after being fouled on the in-bounds, to set the final four-point margin of victory.
Marshall (11-16, 8-10 MAC) now returns home to prepare for a first-round home MAC tournament game at the Henderson Center on Monday evening at 7pm. MU's opponent in that game is pending the outcome of other MAC games being played on Saturday evening. As of Saturday afternoon, it appears that Marshall will host either the Ohio Bobcats or the Eastern Michigan Eagles.