Marshall Edges Bowling Green, 56-54

Ron Blackshear's running jumper in the lane with 22 seconds remaining enabled Marshall to jump in front of the Bowling Green Falcons 56-54 on Saturday night at the Henderson Center in Huntington.

The win was Marshall's first in the last 5 games, ending a four-game skid. To say the win was much-needed would be an understatement.

"It's good to finally see the ball bounce our way at the end of the game," Marshall coach Greg White exhaled after the game. "I don't think I've ever seen two teams shoot 24 and 25 percent in the second half of the game."

Ardo Armpalu and David Anderson stop BGSU's Jabari Mattox from driving in the second half.

After edging out a slim 34-32 lead at the half, Bowling Green shot out to an 8-point lead in the second half. However, both teams struggled in the second half, with Marshall (24%) and Bowling Green (25%) playing basketball best described as 'ugly'. Neither could literally buy a basket.

"They just shut us out at the end," summed up BGSU's coach Dan Dakich. "They were just good enough in the end to make a couple baskets and beat us. You could tell both teams were tired, both teams were struggling in the second half."

Marshall scored the last 9 points in the game, capped by Blackshear's runner with only :20 left for the win.

Blackshear led the scoring for Marshall with 22 points, while Monty Wright added 13 of his own, 11 of them in the second half.

BGSU's big man, Kevin Netter, was held to 12 points, while the Falcons' Ron Lewis nailed 18 points in the loss.

Both the Herd and the Falcons left the game with identical 10-10 overall records, and 6-6 records in the MAC. Marshall next faces Akron on Wednesday night at the Henderson Center. Game time is 7:30pm.

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