WVU would end the game on a 16-2 run en route to a 74-64 victory over Marshall. The Mountaineers improve to 7-4 on the season and end a two-game losing streak at the Charleston Civic Center.
Junior point guard Juwan Staten finished with 19 points. Sophomore guard Terry Henderson had 13 points, as well.
Freshman forward Brandon Watkins, coming off the bench, was a significant factor in the second half. He finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. He was named most valuable player of the game.
Harris came down with a leg injury early in the game, and was never really the same. He finished with double-digit points but was held in check for most of the game.
Marshall fell to 4-6 on the season mainly because its struggles at the free-throw line.
Marshall jumped out to a 6-0 lead early in the game forcing the Mountaineers to call a timeout. Shortly after, Browne hit a three to put WVU on the board and cut the Herd’s lead in half.
The Mountaineers were not close to form in the opening minutes of the first half. In fact, they were so bad that starting forward Kevin Noreen air balled a wide-open layup.
A Marshall three put it up 13-6, but a 5-1 run by WVU – all points scored by Henderson – made it 14-11 with less than 12 minutes to go in the half.
Marshall would have a small lead for the rest of the first half.
A three from Canty, his first of the game, gave Marshall a six-point lead. But a quick five-point run by West Virginia made it a one-point game at 28-27.
The Mountaineers would head into the locker room down by two at 33-31.
West Virginia was able to tie the game twice early on in the second half, but the Mountaineers were never able to gain the lead in that time due to turnovers.
Down by two at 43-41 with the ball, West Virginia was unable to tie it or gain its first lead. That lead to four more Marshall points and a six-point lead.
The Thundering Herd, however, couldn’t take more than a six-point lead, which kept WVU in the game. After going down 54-48, the Mountaineers would hit five free throws in a row to cut the lead to one.
West Virginia was able to cut the Marshall lead to two at 62-60 and then forced a turnover by the Herd. On the other end, Staten hit a layup with 3:41 and was fouled. The free throw was good, and the Mountaineers took their first lead at 63-62.
Following that play, WVU would go on a 7-1 run to take a 70-63 lead with 1:23 to play – enough for the Mountaineers to earn the win.
Harris put an exclamation on the win with a demonstrative dunk with less than a minute to play.
Marshall was led by guard Kareem Canty.