Senior guard Djimon Henson saw a night with multiple season and career highs. But, a blazing hot Thundering Herd offense was ultimately too much to overcome as the Morehead State men's basketball team fell to Marshall, 89-62, Monday night at Johnson Arena.
Henson re-wrote his personal-best ledger, as the Indianapolis native tied his career-high in points, scoring 23 on a season-best 5-for-9 from the floor, and a career high 11-of-14 from the charity stripe.
Joining Morehead State in double-figure scoring was fellow Indy native, senior guard Jordan Walker. The floor maestro chipped in 15 points on 6-for-12 shooting, to go along with a team-best four assists on the evening.
Marshall (4-6) tabbed 8-for-15 (.533) from behind the arc to propel the visitors to a 45-28 halftime advantage. The 'Herd finished the half shooting 45 percent (16-for-35) compared to the Eagles' 40 percent (10-for-25). Marshall also finished the night with a 30-12 advantage in points generated from three-point range.
Morehead State returns to action on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles will take on Ohio at 1 p.m. ET in Athens, Ohio at the Convocation Center.
- Walker began the night's proceedings with the opening bucket at the 19:14 mark. From there, the two squads traded shots back and forth, dueling to an 8-8 tie near the first media intermission.
- Marshall made four consecutive three-point baskets during a run that saw them outscore Morehead State 25-7 over the next eight minutes.
- A dunk by MU's Andrew Taylor gave Marshall its largest lead of the night at the 15:51 mark of the second period, leading 58-30. The Eagles didn't go into the night quietly, though, as MSU trimmed the lead to 15, 69-54, with seven minutes remaining.
- The Thundering Herd closed the contest outpacing the Eagles 20-8 to seal the win.
- Junior forward James Baker tied his season-high with four blocked shots.
- Marshall was led by Darius George with 16 points
QUOTING COACH SPRADLIN
"I was proud of Djimon. He had a really nice effort tonight, and Jordan was able to score the ball too. But, the bottom line was we just weren't ready. We are going to have to be a gritty and tough defensive team if we can't find a way to score more."