Marshall shocks #23 West Virginia

A cold shooting West Virginia team went down to defeat at the hands of a Marshall team that came through in crunch time for the first time all season.

The result was a tense 59-55 defeat to the hands of the previously 2-10 Herd in front of a sellout crowd of 12,380 in the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum.

D'or Fischer led the Mountaineers with 20 points and nine rebounds but the miserable shooting Mountaineers failed to get him the ball on the inside in the last ten minutes of the game as Marshall erased an eight point Mountaineer lead with a West Virginia like 13-29 shooting from three point range.

WVU shot just 15.8% from beyond the arc, and that 3-19 performance spelled doom for the Mountaineers.

A.W. Hamilton was named Marshall's MVP on 17 points, six assists and four rebounds, with only one turnover for the Herd. Ronnie Dawn broke out of a season long slump to pour in 15 points on 5-6 shooting from three point land, none bigger than his bomb from 27 feet that broke a 52-52 tie with 1:30 remaining in the game to give Marshall the lead for good. Hamilton likewise hit five of six from beyond the arc, giving the Herd a 10-12 performance from their starting guards.

Tyrone Sally added 13 points for West Virginia, who won the rebounding battle, 35-34, for the second straight game. The Mountaineers, after shooting 50.0% in the first half, went stone cold in the second half, finishing the game shooting 39%. Marshall didn't fare much better, going 36.5% from the field for the game, but shot a blistering 60% in the second half from three point range to stay close and then seal the deal.

In a drastic departure from the women's game, the men's game was completely devoid of fouls. For the game the Mountaineers were called for a total of 11 fouls, ten in the second half, and five during the last minute when WVU was trying to stay in the game. Marshall was called for 13 total fouls in the game, eight in the second half. WVU finished 6-7 from the free throw line while Marshall finished 8-11.

West Virginia returns home to face unbeaten Boston College on Sunday in the WVU Coliseum.

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