BOWLING GREEN, KY – Jon Elmore led poured in 32 points and led Marshall to an 84-49 win over Western Kentucky Saturday night.
Elmore was 10-of-16 from the field and 5-for-7 from outside plus added a career-high nine rebounds. Meanwhile, Austin Loop added 20 points, becoming the 51st player in Marshall history to score 1,000 career points.
Marshall jumped out early taking 26-9 lead at the 12:44 lead of the first half. Leading by 15 points at halftime, the Herd expanded its advantage over the Hilltoppers in the second half, pushing its lead out to 23 points with 13:09 left in the game.
However, WKU would chip away at that deficit forcing Marshall to hold on down the stretch.
“With the first half and through 12 minutes in the second half, the execution, offensively, is as good as you can get. We were shooting around 60 percent from 3s and 50 percent from 2s. I just have to congratulate the kids. I hope the comeback is because they were on a three-game skid and when it gets tight, you have an uneasy feeling. They hit a couple of big 3-pointers in the end, but we came out with a win,” said coach Dan D’Antoni.
WKU cut the deficit to just three points when Que Johnson hit back-to-back three-pointers with 51 seconds to play. Marshall was able to hold on wit Elmore salting the game away with two free throws in the final minute.
“The biggest thing is we were making the right decisions. That’s what I’m impressed by. We’re going to shoot the ball. If we get those open looks, we’re going to shoot the ball very well. We were able to get those kind of shots with ball movement, good execution by the players and timely passes. When that happens, that will be a rare night if we lose that.”
Marshall, now 14-11 overall and 7-5 in Conference USA, returns home on Thursday to face UAB at the Cam Henderson Center.