"I feel like we stepped forward today," said Marshall's Mark Patton. "It may not have been a huge step, but that's what we have been trying to do. We stepped forward and got the job done."
That step forward was exactly what Marshall (2-3) needed, coming off a disappointing loss at East Tennessee State earlier in the week. After the quick 2-0 lead on the pregame technical foul, The Herd shot out to a quick 17-6 lead early in the first half on a Markel Humphrey three. With Maryland Eastern Shore (1-3) guard Antonio McMillion having a hot shooting touch, the Hawks did cut the Marshall lead to just six points by the half, at 33-27.
Mark Patton looked for room against Md. E. Shore's Tim Parham. Patton led all scorers with 21 points.photo by Greg Perry/HI staff
The first half belonged to MU's Mark Patton, scoring exactly one point per minute in his 13 minutes of play. Markel Humphrey added 8 points off the bench.
In the second half, Marshall turned to guard Joe Miles and the sophomore delivered, scoring 10 of his 13 points in the half. Markel Humphrey was the only other MU player in double figures beside Patton (21 points) and Miles, finishing with 10 points.
"We had seven straight stops to start the second half and that is important for us," said Marshall coach Ron Jirsa. "It is important for us to realize how important those stops are at the beginning of the game, end of the half, beginning of the half and throughout the whole game. We did a much better job on that tonight."
Joe Miles drove past Md. E. Shore's Troy Jackson on Thursday night at the Henderson Center.photo by Greg Perry/HI staff
The Herd shot 37.1% from the field (23-of-62), 29.4% from three (5-of-17), and 68.2% from the free throw line (15-of-22). Maryland Eastern Shore, on the other hand, only managed a 37.2% shooting night, with three players in double figures (McMilion with 17, Tim Parham with 15, and Troy Jackson scored 10 points).
Maryland Eastern Shore never got closer than 8 points, at 38-30 with 15:18 left. Marshall utilized a 9-0 run over the following 3:25 to gain their largest lead of the game at 47-30 with 11:53 still to go.
Marshall hauled in 50 rebounds against the Hawks, 22 of them on the offensive glass. Patton and Travis Aikens each grabbed 8 rebounds.
Marshall plays next on Sunday afternoon, when Youngstown State visits the Henderson Center for a 2pm game.