"It is a very difficult loss," said Marshall coach Greg White. White's description is accurate, given the amazing comeback attempt his Thundering Herd team had mounted in the second half.
Down 28-26 at the half, Marshall went on an eye-popping run of three-pointers -six- to tie the game back up at 70-apiece when Tamar Slay drilled another three with only 19 seconds remaining (and one second on the shot clock). The run included five three-pointers by freshman guard Ronny Dawn, four by Ron Blackshear, and Slay's game-tying three mentioned earlier.
"It was a wild game toward the end and I thought we had a chance," added Ronny Dawn. However, that chance was snuffed out when KSU's Huffman took the inbounds pass from Demetric Shaw with only 0.7 seconds remaining and the score tied, in the corner, and released the game-winning basket just before the buzzer had sounded.
Tamar Slay launches a three-pointer during MU's comeback run late in the second half, over KSU's Antonio Gates (44). Photo by Rick Haye, for Herd Insider
"Every game is a war," said Tamar Slay of the battle that ensued in the second half.
Huffman's game-winner was his 21st point of the night, making Huffman the high-scorer for KSU. Marshall had five players in double figures: Ronny Dawn (18), Blackshear and Slay with 12 each, J.R. VanHoose had 11, and William Butler added 10.
"It was a tough loss we just have to put it behind us and get ready to go to Miami," said Ron Blackshear after the game.
Marshall shot an amazing 10-of-15 from three-point range in the second half, and 49% from the floor in total. "We had a terrible first half," Slay said. "We fought back hard and had a chance to win. It really hurts to fight that hard and come so close and still lose, especially to a good team."
Marshall now faces a trip to Oxford, Ohio this Wednesday night to battle MAC East foe the Miami RedHawks. Game time is 7pm.
Editor's Note: Marshall assistant sports information director Randy Burnside contributed to this story