Herd Cruises Past Akron, 74-58

Marshall overwhelmed the Akron Zips defensively, offensively, and any other 'fensively' you can name on Wednesday evening at the Henderson Center. The Zips shot less than 50% for the first time in 5 games as Marshall cruised to the easy 74-58 win.

"I think that's our best game since the Toledo game," Marshall forward Marvin Black said. "Tonight, we just took away their two top scorers."

In fact, Marshall shut down the Zips effectively on defense, holding Akron to only 43% (24-of-56) shooting. Akron had been averaging over 50% per game over the last four games, but ran into a stubborn Marshall defense that forced 15 Zips turnovers.

"We did some good things,"Marshall coach Greg White added. "We had a very comfortable lead the whole game."

David Anderson drives toward the basket against Akron on Wednesday evening.

Marshall's lead shot out to double-digit territory early. Marvin Black's steal and fast-break dunk with 6:49 remaining in the first half stretched the MU lead to 12 at 30-18. The ensuing 11-4 run only made the lead greater -17 points at one stage- and Marshall enjoyed a comfy 14 point lead (43-27) at the half.

Akron cut the MU lead to 9 on two occasions early in the second half, but Marshall responded with a 15-8 run that kept the cushion at 16 points for the final 12 minutes of the game.

Ron Blackshear led all Marshall scorers with 20 points, while Marvin Black (19 points, 9 rebounds), Monty Wright (15 points, 2 steals), and Ardo Armpalu (10 points) also hit double figures. Herd point guard A.W. Hamilton dished out 7 assists for the game as well. Marshall shot 49.2% (31-of-63) for the game.

Akron's Andy Hipsher (16 points) and Derrick Tarver (12) were the only Zips in double figures.

Marshall climbed back above .500 with the win, at 11-10 overall and 7-6 in the MAC. Akron slid to 10-11 overall, 5-7 in the MAC with the loss. The Herd now readies for a road trip to face the Miami RedHawks this Saturday afternoon in Oxford, Ohio.

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