Despite a four point lead with just under five minutes left to play, Marshall (4-6, 0-0) could not hold on against West Virginia (7-4, 0-0), falling to the Mountaineers 74-64 in Saturday's Capital Classic.
With 3:41 left in the game, WVU guard Juwan Staten completed a three point play that gave his team a 63-62 lead. That spurred a 11-2 Mountaineers run to finish the game.
Playing without leading scorer Elijah Pittman who was suspended indefinitely earlier in the week, the Thundering Herd was paced by freshman point guard Kareem Canty. Canty scored a team high 16 points and also distributed nine assist. After missing Marshall's last two games with a knee injury, Ryan Taylor returned in a reserve role and played 26 minutes while scoring seven points and grabbing five rebounds.
The Herd continued its dismal shooting from the free throw line, only converting 10 of 24 free throw attempts against the Mountaineers. WVU had no such trouble at the charity stripe as they only missed eight of their 28 shots.
Marshall returns to action on Tuesday against Alice Loyd at the Cam Henderson Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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