Marshall Basketball: Thundering Herd fight hard against Xavier
CINCINNATI (WCHS-TV/WVAH-TV) - A slow start had Marshall scratching and clawing most of the night against No. 9 Xavier.
The Herd, though, fought hard and gave the nationally-ranked Musketeers all they wanted on their home floor.
In the end, Xavier pulled out an 81-77 victory.
The loss sends Marshall to 8-4 on the year. Xavier improved to 11-1.
Marshall received 25 from Ajdin Penava.
C.J. Burks dropped in 18 for the Herd.
Jon Elmore ended the night with 15.
Rondale Watson, a Wake Forest transfer playing in his first game, finished with 10.
Marshall scored 50 points in the second half after trailing by a count of 47-27 at halftime.
The Thundering Herd will be at home on Friday evening to meet up with Eastern Kentucky.