"They're very well coached," Kentucky State coach Winston Bennett said of the Marshall men's basketball team afterward. "We have a long way to go."
Marshall blasted out to a 36-19 lead early in the first half, behind quality play from both Ron Blackshear (18 in the first half, hitting 4-of-8 three pointers) and Marvin Black (12 points). 19-of-33 shooting in the first half enabled the Herd to enjoy a 52-36 lead at halftime.
Marshall guard Ron Blackshear hit this dunk early in the first half against Kentucky State.
"He is phenomenal," Bennett said of Blackshear's shooting display in the first half. "As soon as he steps over mid-court, you better be in his jock. If not, it's going down."
Bennett's Thorobreds got more of that in the second half, too. David Anderson's layup with 11:34 remaining extended MU's lead to 34 points, at 78-44, as both teams played up-tempo, fast-break the entire half.
"That's what basketball is today," said Marvin Black of the fast-break game. "That's the kind of game the team likes to run."
The ugliness continued right up to the 6:22 mark of the second half, when Enoch Bunch's free throw put Marshall's lead at the largest it would get -39 points, at 94-55.
Kentucky State's Marlon Walls ran into a defensive wall, courtesy of Mark Patton (left) and Monty Wright of Marshall.
Stat of the night: Marshall outrebounded KSU by a whopping 56-to-28 margin for the game.
"We got our break going because of our defense," Marshall coach Greg White said. "We've got a ways to go, but it's good to be 2-0 right now."
"We need to try and improve this week, because that's the kind of team we are right now. We need to improve."
Marvin Black (17 points), Monty Wright (10 points, 10 assists), Ron Blackshear (23 points) and Ardo Armpalu (10 points) were all in double figures for the evening for Marshall. Freshman forward Mark Patton hauled down 12 rebounds (11 of them defensively) and 7 points.
"The first half, we were slow, defensively," summed up Mark Patton. "We've got the offense, and if I get the rebounds it can be second-chance points."
Marshall shot a steady-as-she-goes 60% (40-of-67) for the night, while at the same time holding Kentucky State to just 41% (29-of-71).
Now with a 2-0 record, Marshall begins preparations to face Rutgers next Monday night in Piscataway, New Jersey.