Unable to contain the defending national champions, Marshall (7-6, 0-0) was blown out by Kentucky (8-3, 0-0) 82-54 Saturday afternoon in Rupp Arena.
Most of the Wildcats points came from guards Ryan Harrow and Archie Goodwin. The underclassman cut into the lane at will, helping Kentucky to 54 points in the paint. Harrow was especially effective, scoring 23 points on 17 field goal attempts. Goodwin made his biggest contribution at the charity stripe, converting a team high ten of 11 free throws on his way to 18 points.
Marshall had a chance to make the game competitive. Trailing 33-24 coming out of halftime, the Herd scored seven straight points, bringing Kentucky's lead down to two. The Wildcats would respond, going on a 9-2 run over the next five minutes, putting the game permanently out of reach.
Elijah Pittman lead Marshall with 20 points, converting seven-of-17 attempts from the floor while making a three point shot and all five of his free throws. Dennis Tinnon also reached double-digits, scoring 14 points. Making a big contribution on the boards, Nigel Spikes grabbed 16 rebounds.
The Herd continued to struggle with turnovers, committing 17. When they held onto the ball, Marshall did a poor job sharing it, only registering six assist.
Marshall returns to action on Wednesday January 2nd in the Cam Henderson against Delaware State, tip-off is scheduled for 7pm ET.
For more on today's game, follow the links below.
Charleston Daily Mail
Marshall men's basketball: Kentucky blitzes Herd, 82-54
Marshall Falls to No. 23 Kentucky 82-54
Kentucky powers past Marshall