But it was 6-foot-7 junior forward Kevin Phillip that did make the biggest impact on the game. Phillip finished the game with 16 points and 21 rebounds and was named the game's MVP.
"I had a lot of fun," Phillip said after the game. "It was great to help the team win."
Loughlin held a slim 16-15 lead after the first quarter. It was 32-30 at the half with Loughlin still holding the advantage. The lead expanded slightly to 49-43 heading into the final quarter.
Key contributions by freshmen Devon Elliott (25 points) and Doron Lamb (12 points) provided enough help for Phillip and Loughlin to win the game.
Steven Ruple led Marshall with 28 points while Trevor Dillard had eight points.
Phillip was all smiles when he was given the MVP trophy. "It's nice," he said. "But everyone on the team played well."
They did. The depth of Loughlin's basketball program was very evident in this particular contest.