Wake Forest transfer A.W. Hamilton made his first start at point guard against Radford after becoming eligible following the end of final exams on Friday. Hamilton learned on Saturday that his final grades had been posted and that he would be eligible to play against Radford. Hamilton took the lead and ran the team on the floor from the opening tip.
"He did a lot of good things," Marshall coach Greg White said of Hamilton's first game at Marshall. "Obviously, he's a little nervous. That's an intimidating thing to get your first start. One year ago, he was wearing Wake Forest colors: Now, he's wearing Thundering Herd green."
"I know one thing: We look a whole lot better on the floor with him than we do without him."
Wake Forest transfer A.W. Hamilton made his first start at Marshall against Radford on Saturday night. He finished with 4 points, 6 assists in 31 minutes at point guard.
With Hamilton running the point and dishing out assists (three in the first half), Marshall used an up-tempo transition game to jump out comfortably ahead of Radford 44-27 at the half. As a team, Marshall shot 63% (17-27) in the first half, led by Ron Blackshear's 12 and Monty Wright's 10 points.
"We just came out and did the things that coach wanted us to do," Blackshear said. "I love playing with this guy (Hamilton).
"It was a good feeling to be back out there with the guys," A.W. Hamilton said of his first game at Marshall. "I was happy as can be. I was jus excited trying to get these guys the ball. I should have shot a few more times."
The second half saw Marshall extend the lead to as many as 31 points, at the 6:44 mark on Ronny Dawn's three-pointer. The hot shooting continued for the Herd in the second half, as Marshall shot 57% (17-30). Radford was held to 31% again in the second half by Marshall's defense, with the Highlanders hitting just 11 of 35 shots.
Marshall's Ron Blackshear beat Radford's Aaron Gill to a loose ball on Saturday night.
Ron Blackshear (18), Marvin Black (12), Monty Wright (12), Ronny Dawn (11), Enoch Bunch (10) and Ardo Armpalu (10) all scored in double figures for the Herd. Radford only placed three players (Raymond Arrington, Aaron Gill, and Whit Holcomb-Faye) in double figures.
Marshall improves to 4-1 overall (1-0 MAC) with the win over Radford, while the Highlanders fall to 2-5 overall with the loss. Next up for Marshall is a roadtrip just 60 miles west on I-64 next Wednesday night as they play at Morehead State.