Marshall never led in the game, but the Herd made it competitive throughout. Ohio led 48-43 with 8:37 in the second half, and then expanded their lead to 11 points with a 5-0 run over the next three minutes to build a cushion it would use the rest of the way. The Herd cut it to four points with 47 seconds to go (68-64), but could not get over the hump the rest of the way.
Ohio took a 33-28 halftime lead and never trailed in the first period. The Bobcats surged to a 10-0 lead to start the contest, but the Thundering Herd gradually clawed back in the game and got as close as one on a three-point basket by freshman Casey Wohlleb at 22-21 with 8:38 to go in the half. Ohio upped its lead to 26-23 two minutes later, but a Joe Miles three-pointer tied the score at 26 with 4:48 to go in the period. Ohio responded with a 7-2 run to close out the half, and took the five-point margin into the locker room.
Marshall out-shot the Bobcats 43.5% to 42.9%, but the Herd turned the ball over 12 times in the first half. However, the Herd did out-score Ohio 13-0 in bench points. Miles led the Herd at the break with five points, as nine different Marshall players scored in the first half.
For the game, Ohio shot 50% from the floor compared to 45.1% for the Herd. The deciding statistic for the game was the Bobcats' ability to get to the free throw line - Marshall made 10-of-11, while Ohio knocked in 24-of-41 free throws.