Marshall Defeats Wright State

By: John Mulvaney
By: John Mulvaney

December 13, 2006 -- Marshall may still have to movie bug because Wednesday night's Thundering Herd Basketball game was like a fast-paced action flick.

Marshall entered the contest against the Raiders of Wright State at 2-6 on the year. Early in the contest it looked like the Thundering Herd might add one more to the loss column.

Marshall shot only 26.9 percent in the first half and was only 1 of 10 from behind the arc. The Herd trailed 37-22 at the break and allowed Wright State to shoot 58 percent from the floor.

The second half was an entirely different story. Marshall came out on fire in the second half. Markel Humphrey and Travis Aikens led the emotional charge for the Herd. When head coach Ron Jirsa called for the full-court press, Humphrey and Aikens responded with back-to-back steals and dunks early in the half.

Humphrey was Marshall's top performer with 24 points and nine rebounds. His efforts keyed a 22-2 run to start the second half. Wright State was led by sharp-shooting guard DeShaun Wood, who had 24 points and three assists on the night.

After holding off a late charge by the Raiders, Marshall walked away from the Cam Henderson Center with a 79-72 victory, improving 3-6 record. Marshall is back on the court Saturday afternoon when they visit Princeton. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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