Marshall Beats ECU, 100-49

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Tirrell Baines scored 18 points to help Marshall snap a five-game losing streak with a 100-49 victory over East Carolina at the Henderson Center Saturday. Baines was one of four Marshall players in double figures.

Tyler Wilkerson netted 17 points, while Chris Lutz and Hassan Whiteside each added 15 point for the Thundering Herd (16-5-4 Conference USA).

The win also ended a four-game Conference USA road losing streak for the Herd, while the Pirates (7-16, 1-8) suffered their third straight defeat.

Jamar Abrams and Brock Young each scored 11 points to lead East Carolina, who made twice as many free throws (24) as field goals (12) on the evening Young's layup gave the Pirates an 8-7 lead with 14:05 remaining in the half. However it proved to be their final field goal of the half until Erin Straughn's 3-pointer beat the halftime buzzer. In the final 14 minutes of the first half, ECU missed 10 shots and committed 11 turnovers as Marshall pushed out to a 33-21 halftime lead.

The Pirates made just four first half field goals, while they committed 13 turnovers which translated into 14 Marshall points. ECU scored 10 of its final 13 point of the half from the free throw line and went 12-of-14 from the charity stripe in the opening 20 minutes.

Following Young's bucket, the Herd scored 10 unanswered points to seize a 10-point lead, 18-8, with 7:57 left. The Pirates pulled within eight on Chad Wynn's free throw, 22-14. Wilkerson then scored five points to help Marshall extend its lead back to double figures.

The Herd committed just three turnovers in the first half and shot 42.9 from the floor compared to just 23.5 percent by the Pirates.

Marshall wasted little time padding its lead after halftime. Lutz made a pair of 3s before Whiteside scored nine consecutive points for a 20-point lead, 50-30, less than four minutes into the half.

The Herd made 16 of their first 23 shots after halftime to nearly double up the Pirates, 73-36, with fewer than nine minutes to play. Marshall made 26-of-40 field goal attempts in the second half (65 percent) and finished the game shooting 55.9 percent.

East Carolina shot a 25.0 percent (12-48) from the floor and suffered its worst loss in Conference USA play since losing by 51 at 14th-ranked Louisville in 2005.

The Pirates return to the hardwood on Wednesday, Feb. 10, against Tulane. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.


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