"Well, if you were sitting at home, you missed it," Marshall women's coach Royce Chadwick said after beating Buffalo in a thrilling overtime game, 62-59 at the Henderson Center in Huntington. "This is a tremendous stepping stone for this team."
Chadwick's counterpart, men's coach Greg White, echoed those sentiments. "This is a huge win for us," Marshall head coach Greg White said. "This is the first time we have gone 3-0 in the MAC and it is absolutely huge because two of those wins were on the road."
Chadwick's team, likewise, is undefeated in the MAC at 1-0.
In Buffalo, Ron Blackshear hit 22 points -11 in each half- to lead the Herd, while Marvin Black added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Marshall shot 60% in the first half, en route to a 39-34 halftime lead.
Buffalo went on a 6-0 run to take the lead at 40-39. Ronny Dawn's clutch three-pointer with 1:31 remaining effectively sealed the win for Marshall, extending their lead to 64-55.
With the win, White's squad is now 3-0 in the MAC, a feat that was last accomplished by a Marshall team way back in 1959-60. The 7-3 Marshall men's team returns home to host the Toledo Rockets on Saturday, January 11 at 7:30pm in the Henderson Center.
Cassie Hackworth makes one of her two steals against Buffalo.
Meanwhile, Chadwick's women's squad was engaged in an overtime thriller in Huntington. Sikeetha Shepard-Hall had 14 points and Ida Dotson 10 as Marshall edged out the Buffalo Bulls 62-59 in overtime.
"We've played a much tougher schedule, and I think it paid us some dividends tonight," Chadwick said.
Despite having a 26-21 halftime lead, Marshall stayed out in front of the Bulls for all but one possession of the second half. UB took the lead temporarily on an Erin Lawrenceson free throw at the 9:56 mark. However, Marshall's Ida Dotson chucked in 6 points over the following 1:20 to edge Marshall back out in front of Buffalo.
Lawrenceson's three pointer with only :31 remaining tied the game at 51, sending it into overtime.
Marshall shot out to a quick four-point lead courtesy of Dotson's fast-break layup and Amy Smith's put-back. Erin Lawrenceson's three pointer with :23 left pulled the Bulls to within two at 61-59, but MU's Christina Harbin hit one-of-two free throws to ice the win.
"Every game for us is going to be like this one," Royce Chadwick commented on the remainder of the MAC season. "That was a huge win for us."
The Marshall women's team forced 23 UB turnovers, compared to MU's 12. The Herd bumped up to 4-6 overall (1-0 MAC) with the win.
Randy Burnside of Marshall's sports information office contributed to the writing of this story.