Herd Cruises In 98-57 Exhibition Win Over WVU Tech

"We got it started," coach Ron Jirsa said. "We have a lot of things to work on, and a lot of things to build on." 20 points from a senior combined with 16 points from a freshman to blast Marshall past WVU-Tech easily on Saturday afternoon, by a 98-57 margin. The 20 belonged to David Anderson, but it was freshman Joe Miles' 16 points that impressed the most...

Head Coach Ron Jirsa's squad began their two-game exhibition home stand by being challenged by WVU Tech in the first half. The two teams traded baskets for the first 12 minutes, until Anderson hit an easy layup that put Marshall ahead for good at 23-20 with 7:23 left.

"We had to withstand their run," guard Joe Miles said of the first half. "That was the scariest part," Anderson added.

WVU Tech's Rodney Mayes scored 9 points early in the first half, keeping things close.

"We played a pretty good game, but it's not at the level we're capable of," guard David Anderson said. "I feel like we can get better. We've got to keep working. This is just the beginning."

David Anderson drove the lane against WVU Tech on Saturday. Anderson lead all scorers with 20 points in the 98-57 exhibition win.

By the time Miles hit a three with 3:31 left, Marshall had gone on a 16-4 run. The Herd stretched their lead to a comfortable 48-27 margin at the half.

"Joe seems comfortable, and that's important," Jirsa said of the freshman guard's good first night.

Anderson and Miles were already in double figures by the half, with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

"I don't think you can have too many guards," Miles said of the lineup against Tech, which featured steady rotation at the point. "It felt great, just executing like coach Jirsa needs us to."

MU guard Enoch Bunch drained a three-pointer with 10:32 to extend the Marshall lead to 31 points at 71-40. Miles did the same at the 1:18 mark, followed by Casey Wohlleb's three that iced the final 98-57 score with 20 seconds left.

Jirsa played every player on the Thundering Herd bench against WVU Tech, and only Collins Okafor did not score. In addition to Anderson's 20 and Miles' 16 points, LaVar Carter scored 11 and Enoch Bunch added 10 points.

"We played a lot of different combinations, and getting to know each other takes a lot of focus and concentration in practice," coach Ron Jirsa added.

Marshall dished out a solid 30 assists during the win, with guard A.W. Hamilton leading the way with 8 of his own.

"We haven't had 30 assists here, ever," Jirsa quipped.

The two-game exhibition stand continues next Thursday night against Glenville State at the Henderson Center, with tip-off set for 7pm. Marshall opens the regular season at UNC-Wilmington on November 19.

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