HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Elijah Pittman scored 19 points to lead three Marshall players in double figures as the Thundering Herd stormed by Tulsa 79-61 in their Conference USA opener.
Pittman hit a layup for a 7-6 lead about 4 minutes into the game, and Marshall scored the next 17 points for a 24-6 lead. Tulsa missed 12 field goals during the 8-plus minute run.
Tulsa forced 20 turnovers, but were clobbered on the boards, 47-32, and shot just 36.5 percent (23 of 63) from the floor. Marshall made 45 percent (27 of 60) of its shots.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.