Herd Emerges From Slump Via 87-77 Win Over Buffalo

Marshall cruised to a comfy 87-77 win over Buffalo at the Henderson Center on Saturday night, fueled by a 21-4 run at the end of the first half.

And for the Herd, the Mid-American Conference win was exactly what the doctor ordered. Coming off a three-game skid, Marshall improved to 9-6 overall and 5-2 in the MAC East division with the win. Buffalo fell to 3-13 overall and 0-7 in the MAC.

"Our offense tonight had great ball reversal," Marshall coach Greg White said after the game. "We made the extra pass."

Ron Blackshear drained one of his five three-pointers over UB's Turner Battle.

The Bulls' two-point lead (29-27) with 6:24 remaining in the first half would be the last lead they would have in the game. An unexpected David Anderson three began the 21-4 run that Marshall produced to end the half, followed by a Ronny Dawn three. Once the run was over, Marshall had amassed a 48-33 lead at the half.

Ron Blackshear did his damage early and often. The 6-5 Marshall guard hit 5-of-5 three pointers in the first half on his way to a 26-point performance.

"Execution and trying to get it done," Blackshear said of his three-point accuracy in the first half. "The three losses had us down a little bit."

Marshall maintained that double-digit lead throughout most of the second half. Buffalo did cut the lead to 8 at 73-65 on Turner Battle's basket, but another Ronny Dawn three-pointer quickly put the lead back in double figures on the next possession.

"Our main concern was our defense," said Marshall forward Marvin Black. "We just haven't been executing. We were concerned about closing out the game, playing hard on defense, and letting the offense take care of itself."

Blackshear (26), Black (13 points, 12 rebounds) and Monty Wright (11 points) all scored in double figures for the Herd. Point guard A.W. Hamilton dropped in 8 points and 7 assists, while David Anderson (9) and Ronny Dawn (8) also contributed to the win.

Marshall now hits the road for a Tuesday night game at Ball State in Muncie, Indiana.

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