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Marshall survives close contest with Charlotte, improves to 2-0 in conference play

Marshall survives close contest with Charlotte, improves to 2-0 in conference play

A late shot by senior C.J. Burks gave Marshall a narrow victory over Charlotte in the final game of a five-game road trip.

The Herd (9-6, 2-0) defeated Charlotte (3-10, 0-2) 85-84 Saturday at Halton Arena to remain perfect in Conference USA play. Marshall's two conference wins this season have come by a combined four points.

Marshall trailed 84-83 when Burks scored on a layup to put the Herd up 85-84 with just 31 seconds remaining. Charlotte's Jon Davis couldn't convert a potential game-winning shot with five seconds remaining, but the 49ers grabbed an offensive rebounds and called timeout with one second remaining.

Davis got a second shot at a game-winner as time expired, but Marshall sophomore Mikel Beyers blocked the shot to seal the win for the Herd.

Burks' game-winning layup gave him 25 points for the game on 9 of 16 shooting. Burks shot six of nine from three-point range.

Senior Jon Elmore shot five of 12 from the field and scored 16 for the Herd.

In his second-career start, freshman Taevion Kinsey scored 14. The Columbus native is scoring 6.9 points per game this season, but in his two starts he is scoring 13.5 points per game.

Charlotte shot 54.5 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range and were led by Davis' game-high 37 points. Davis also had a game-high seven assists.

Sophomore Milos Supica more than tripled his season average and scored 23 points for the 49ers.

Marshall will return home Saturday to take on Western Kentucky (8-6, 1-0) at 7 p.m. Last season, the Hilltoppers swept Marshall in the regular season, but the Herd defeated Western Kentucky 67-66 in the Conference USA championship game.

It will be Marshall's first home game since Dec. 10.

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