On the back of Blackshear, Marshall shot a blistering 82% (9-of-11) from three-point range in the first half. However, Marshall could only muster a two-point lead of 38-36 at halftime against the always tough RedHawks.
"My hat's off to Marshall," said Miami coach Charlie Coles. "I knew Blackshear could shoot it, and I found out he can really shoot it."
Marshall's Ron Blackshear looks for an opening in the first half. Blackshear hit 9 three-pointers in the Marshall win over Miami.
Blackshear's rain of threes in the second half enabled the Herd to pull out to a 10-point lead, 61-51, with 9:38 remaining. Miami cut that down to seven points on Danny Horace's layup. Marshall then shot out to a 12-point lead, only to see it be slowly erased again by Miami. Another Horace layup with 1:28 left cut the lead to two, 73-71.
Marshall made 9-of-10 free throws in the last 1:17 (including four by J.R. VanHoose) to ice the win at 82-74.
"We just kept on playing, and we played hard," summed up J.R. VanHoose of Marshall's stand during the last two minutes of the game.
The statistics tell the tale: The Herd shot 67% for the game from three-point range (12-of-18), and 52% (27-of-51) from the field, while Miami could only muster a 43.8% shooting performance overall. However, the RedHawks did outrebound the Herd, 41-26, led by Eugene Seals with 10, the only player on the floor to rebound in double figures.
The telling stat of the game -at least in coach Greg White's eyes- was the lack of Marshall turnovers. The Herd only had 10 in the game.
The win boosted Marshall past even, with a 12-11 overall record, but only 6-7 in MAC play. The Herd now has less than 48 hours to prepare for a nationally televised game on ESPN this Saturday against the Ohio Bobcats. Game time is 4pm at the Henderson Center in Huntington.