Marshall 67, Alabama St. 49

Robert Goff and DeAndre Kane scored 13 points apiece to lead

Marshall to a 67-49 victory over Alabama State on Friday night in

the season opener for both teams.

Goff, a freshman forward, scored 10 of his points in the second

half, when the Thundering Herd led by as many as 20 points after

leading 34-24 at halftime.

Kane, a senior guard who averaged 15.1 points per game last

season, scored nine of his points in the first half and also

finished with five assists.

After the Hornets took an 11-7 lead with 6:26 gone in the game,

Marshall took control with a 17-0 run over the next 6:44.

Ivory White and Kenderek Washington scored 11 points apiece to

lead Alabama State, the Southwestern Athletic Conference champion

last season.

Marshall outshot Alabama State 43.6 percent (24 for 55) to 37

percent (17 of 46) and out-rebounded the Hornets 40-27.