Marshall 58, Jacksonville St. 44
Robert Goff scored 12 points and Damier Pitts 11 as Marshall pulled away from Jacksonville State in the second half for a 58-44 nonconference victory Sunday.
Goff scored eight points in the second half, including a dunk with 16:01 remaining that put the Thundering Herd (2-0) ahead for good, 24-22.
Another Goff dunk and two 3-pointers by Dago Pena helped build the lead to 32-26, and Marshall used a 9-0 run over a 4:35 span to open a 45-30 lead over the Gamecocks (1-1).
Marshall picked up its shooting after leading 21-20 at halftime. The Herd shot 52.2 percent (12 of 23) after halftime after making 30.8 percent (8 of 26) in the first.
Jacksonville State, which got 12 points from Tarvin Gaines, went in the other direction, making 26.5 percent (9 of 34) in the second half, down from 38.1 percent (8 of 21) in the first.