SMU vs Marshall

Marshall 74, SMU 56

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Damier Pitts scored all 16 of his points in the second half to help Marshall defeat Southern Methodist 74-56 Wednesday in the first round of the Conference USA tournament.

The sixth-seeded Thundering Herd (19-12) led 33-26 after DeAndre Kane scored 11 of his 18 points in the first half. But Marshall went scoreless for the first 4:29 of the second half as the 11th-seeded Mustangs (13-19) tied it.

A jumper by Pitts ended the drought, and Shaquille Johnson scored seven points during an 11-2 run that gave the Thundering Herd a 44-35 lead with 10:48 remaining.

Johnson added 15 points and Dennis Tinnon had 15 rebounds for Marshall, which will play third-seeded Tulsa in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Rodney Clinkscales led SMU with 17 points. Robert Nyakundi, whose 42.5-percent 3-point shooting led the conference, made just 2 of 10 - and the Mustangs 6 of 24 - from long range.

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Scoreboard
Southern Methodist (13-19)263056
Marshall (19-12) «334174
SMU:R. Clinkscales 17 Pts
SMU:R. Nyakundi 8 Reb
SMU:J. Samarrippas 4 Ast
MRSHL:D. Kane 18 Pts
MRSHL:D. Tinnon 15 Reb
MRSHL:S. Johnson 5 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
SMUMarshall
SMU
Rodney Clinkscales
MRSHL
DeAndre Kane
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
17301834
SMU Mustangs
R. Nyakundi, F304-120-282310
J. Samarrippas, G301-70-03412
R. Clinkscales, G296-123-430317
L. Smith, F231-20-23032
A. Patsevich, G161-20-03213
J. Jones, G233-105-650211
L. Giles, G142-53-31018
C. Cunningham, C130-30-02150
S. Williams, G-F120-00-01010
R. Manuel, G100-13-40003
R. Vilde, FDid Not Play
K. Dunleavy Jr., GDid Not Play
E. Norman, FDid Not Play
Totals 18-5414-212992056
 33.3%66.7% 
Marshall Thundering Herd
D. Kane, G387-163-634318
S. Johnson, G325-85-535415
D. Tinnon, F294-71-315029
R. Goff, F271-30-05022
D. Pitts, G225-105-622216
D. Pena, G-F242-61-22116
N. Spikes, C212-41-18045
C. Martin, G71-30-01003
Y. Mbao, CDid Not Play
J. Hanner, FDid Not Play
J. Kambola, CDid Not Play
Totals 27-5716-2339121874
 47.4%69.6% 
American Athletic
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Cincinnati0-06-060
Tulane0-05-053
UCF0-04-021
UConn0-04-022
Temple0-03-01
SMU0-05-1157
Wichita St.0-04-136
Houston0-03-1238
So. Florida0-04-2268
Memphis0-02-1207
E. Carolina0-02-3335
Tulsa0-02-3305

Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
La. Tech0-05-011
Middle Tenn.0-04-130
Old Dominion0-04-119
So. Miss0-02-1203
Marshall0-03-2241
UT-San Antonio0-03-2152
Western Ky.0-03-2100
North Texas0-03-3276
UAB0-03-3320
Charlotte0-02-2316
FAU0-02-3205
FIU0-02-3312
UTEP0-01-3331
Rice0-01-4265
 
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