Scores

Final

SMU 56

(13-19, 4-12 C-USA)

Marshall 74

(19-12, 9-7 C-USA)

    3:30 PM ET, March 7, 2012

    FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee

    1 2 T
    SMU 26 3056
    MRSH 33 4174

    Top Performers

    Southern Methodist: R. Clinkscales 17 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Marshall: S. Johnson 15 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Marshall 74, SMU 56

    Associated Press

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Damier Pitts scored all 16 of his points in the second half to help Marshall defeat Southern Methodist 74-56 Wednesday in the first round of the Conference USA tournament.

    The sixth-seeded Thundering Herd (19-12) led 33-26 after DeAndre Kane scored 11 of his 18 points in the first half. But Marshall went scoreless for the first 4:29 of the second half as the 11th-seeded Mustangs (13-19) tied it.

    A jumper by Pitts ended the drought, and Shaquille Johnson scored seven points during an 11-2 run that gave the Thundering Herd a 44-35 lead with 10:48 remaining.

    Johnson added 15 points and Dennis Tinnon had 15 rebounds for Marshall, which will play third-seeded Tulsa in the quarterfinals Thursday.

    Rodney Clinkscales led SMU with 17 points. Robert Nyakundi, whose 42.5-percent 3-point shooting led the conference, made just 2 of 10 -- and the Mustangs 6 of 24 -- from long range.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SMU
    MRSH
    Points 56 74
    FG Made-Attempted 18-54 (.333) 27-57 (.474)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-24 (.250) 4-17 (.235)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-21 (.667) 16-23 (.696)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 18

    2011-12 Season

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