Elmore scores 32, Marshall beats Louisiana Tech 78-65

Marshall's Jon Elmore (33) drives to the basket against Louisiana Tech's Derric Jean (1) during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Huntington, W.Va. (Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch via AP)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) Jon Elmore had 32 points, nine rebounds and five assists and Marshall beat Louisiana Tech 78-65 on Saturday night.

The Thundering Herd (11-4, 2-0 Conference USA) led for the final 22 minutes but had trouble pulling away until a 16-1 run made it 70-51 with 3:06 to play. The Bulldogs (9-6, 0-2) got no closer than 11 the rest of the way.

C.J. Burks added 23 points and Jarrod West scored 12 for Marshall, which won its third in a row and seventh in the last eight.

Elmore had his third 30-point game of the season and the seventh of his career.

Jacobi Boykins had 15 points, and Derric Jean and DaQuan Bracey added 14 each for Louisiana Tech.

The Bulldogs led for nearly eight minutes in the first half, but the Herd had a 13-2 run to take the lead for good while closing the first half with a 36-31 lead.