Pittman hit one of his five 3-pointers at the 8:28 mark of the first half to give Marshall a 23-21 lead and the Thundering Herd never trailed again, forcing 18 turnovers that produced 23 points. Taylor added 17 points for Marshall and Kareem Canty added 15 and five assists.
Matthew Hezekia led the Bulldogs with 19 points and was their only player in double figures.
South Carolina State kept the game close well into the first half but got worn down by turnovers and a Marshall defense that made 12 steals and eight blocked shots. The Bulldogs also committed 29 fouls that resulted in 26 points from the line for Marshall.
Mike Krzyzewski says he has good reason to be excited for next season thanks to a combination of Duke's incoming freshmen and a core of experienced upperclassmen.
Georgia guard Juwan Parker has been awarded a medical redshirt, leaving him with two years of eligibility, after missing the 2015-16 season with a partially torn Achilles tendon.
Forward Trevon Bluiett has withdrawn from consideration from the NBA draft and will return to Xavier for his junior season.
|South Carolina State||12-4||1||19-15|
|North Carolina Central||7-9||6||13-19|
|North Carolina A&T||7-9||6||10-22|
|Texas San Antonio||3-15||13||5-27|