Capital Classic Thriller

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

West Virginia overcame a terrible start to beat Marshall 77-to-63 Wednesday night in their annual battle at the Charleston Civic Center.

For West Virginia, Frank Young scored 25 points, 16 in the second half.

Darris Nichols finished with 16 points and Joe Alexander had all 13 of his points after halftime.

Markel Humphrey scored 18 and Mark Dorris had 14 points for Marshall.

WVU trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half.

The Mountaineers used a ten-nothing run to take their first lead midway through the second half. Joe Mazzulla's free throw put West Virginia ahead 43-to-38.

The teams matched baskets for the next five minutes before West Virginia pulled away.

Nichols made a three-point play and Alex Ruoff hit his only basket of the game, a three-pointer with six minutes left that put WVU ahead 62-to-52.

Marshall got no closer than seven points the rest of the game.

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