West Virginia edges its way past Marshall
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Da'Sean Butler scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half and No. 11 West Virginia needed some late free throws to preserve a 68-60 win over Marshall on Wednesday night.
West Virginia (14-3) overcame another poor-shooting performance to earn its fourth straight win over the Thundering Herd (15-3).
Darryl Bryant added 14 points for West Virginia and Kevin Jones scored 13.
Freshman Hassan Whiteside scored 18 points and Chris Lutz had 16 for Marshall, which had its six-game winning streak snapped.
West Virginia went ahead to stay late in the first half but nearly blew a 10-point lead late in the game. The Mountaineers went 6 of 8 from the line in the final 18 seconds to escape with the win.
West Virginia foiled Marshall's bid for its first victory over a ranked opponent since beating the Mountaineers 58-52 in January 2006.
Marshall entered the night 13th in Division I scoring at 82.4 points per game but played from behind the entire second half and tied its lowest scoring output of the season.
West Virginia had a 43-26 rebounding advantage and that enabled the Mountaineers to overcome 39 percent shooting from the field, the sixth straight game they've shot below 50 percent.
Marshall turned up the intensity on both ends of the court midway through in the second half to tear into a 10-point deficit.
West Virginia committed a shot-clock violation and Butler was called for an offensive foul. After that, Marshall's Chris Lutz hit a pair of 3 pointers and two free throws over a three-minute stretch, and Tyler Wilkerson sank two free throws to bring the Thundering Herd within 48-47 with eight minutes left.
West Virginia never relinquished the lead.
Wilkerson's 3-pointer with 19 seconds left brought Marshall within 62-60. After a timeout, Butler was fouled on the inbounds pass and made both free throws to make it a two-possession game.
After Marshall's Shaquille Johnson was called for traveling with 13.5 seconds left, Marshall was done.
Early in the game Marshall beat West Virginia off the dribble for numerous inside baskets, including four dunks in the first nine minutes. Marshall went to a zone defense early and held the Mountaineers without a field goal over the game's first five minutes.
Led by Whiteside's 13 first-half points, Marshall traded the lead with the Mountaineers until a Bryant 3-pointer put West Virginia ahead to stay, 24-21, with 4:51 left until halftime.
Marshall went the final three minutes of the half without a field goal and the Thundering Herd trailed, 33-28, at halftime.
No. 16 West Virginia 74, Marshall 42 — In Charleston, W.Va., Vanessa House scored 16 points to help West Virginia win its 16th straight game, its longest streak since winning 22 in a row in 1991-92. Asya Bussie and Korinne Campbell added 14 points apiece for West Virginia (18-1). Veronica Ruiz led Marshall (11-7) with 13 points.
Duquesne 63, Massachusetts 54, OT — At Palumbo Center, Samantha Pollino scored 18 points and had 11 rebounds, and the Dukes outscored UMass, 12-3, in the extra session to remain unbeaten in Atlantic 10 play. Alex Gensler scored 14 points and Rachel Frederick added 10 for Duquesne (14-5, 4-0 Atlantic 10). Kristina Danella led Massachusetts (7-12, 1-3) with 18 points.
South Florida 68, Pitt 51 — In Sunrise, Fla., the Panthers dropped their fifth straight game and remained winless in the Big East. Taneisha Harrison led Pitt (11-7, 0-5 Big East) with 19 points, while Chelsea Cole added 10 rebounds. Janae Stokes led South Florida (11-7, 2-3) with 22 points.
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