In the first half, Toledo outrebounded the Herd 25-8, and the Rockets converted those rebounds into second chance points to pull out to a 42-34 lead at the half.
In second half action, Tamar Slay's three-pointer with 15:29 remaining cut the Rockets' lead to four at 48-44. MU's William Butler scored on two consecutive possessions to tie the game at 50-50, the second score coming on a fast-break dunk with 12:33 left. Marshal took their first lead of the game, 53-52, on Ron Blackshear's three-pointer with 10:51 remaining.
However, Toledo answered back with a run of their own, capped by Milo Kirsh's basket-and-one that extended UT's lead back out to nine, 66-57, at the 5:23 mark. Marshall did make one last-ditch effort when Ronny Dawn drained a three with only 2:37 left to close within three points, 68-65. But Toledo went on a last 9-2 run to end the game, sealing the 77-67 win.
The story of the game was Toledo's outrebounding Marshall by a wide margin, 44-26, and the Rockets' ability to convert those rebounds into 21 second-chance points (compared to only 6 Marshall second-chance points).
Marshall's Tamar Slay led all MU scorers with 17, while Ron Blackshear (15), and Latece Williams (10) were the only other MU players in double figures. Toledo held J.R. VanHoose to only 4 points and 4 rebounds as VanHoose played most of the second half with four fouls.
Marshall shot 46% for the game (compared to Toledo's 41%). However, Toledo shot a total of 29 free throws (and made 23) while MU only shot 12 free throws (and made 7).
Toledo was led by Nick Moore's 19 points, while Keith Triplett (18) and Milo Kirsh (16) also scored in double figures.
With the loss, Marshall is now 9-9 overall, 3-5 in MAC play. The Herd hosts MAC west opponent Ball State on Tuesday evening at the Henderson Center in Huntington.