Marshall 76, Rice 62

BY foxsports • March 5, 2009

Markel Humphrey had 20 points and nine rebounds in Marshall's 76-62 win over Rice on Wednesday night. After trailing 39-36 at halftime, Marshall (15-15, 7-8 Conference USA) used an 11-4 run to lead 47-43 with 15:56 left in the game. Rice (9-20, 4-11) tied the game at 52 just over three minutes later, but the Thundering Herd scored 10 straight points to blow the game open. Chris Lutz capped the run on a 3-pointer for a 62-52 Marshall advantage with 8:17 to play. Tirrell Baines scored 18 points, Chris Lutz added 12 and Damier Pitts chipped in 10 for the Thundering Herd, who won their third straight and six of their last eight games. The Owls, who shot 60.7 percent in the first half (17 of 28) but committed seven turnovers in the second, was led by Rodney Foster with 17 points. Trey Stanton added 16 and Aleks Perka tallied 12 points for Rice.

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