Marshall rallies Past UT-Martin

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Junior guard Jon Elmore set a new career-high with 38 points to a Marshall comeback past UT-Martin in overtime, 102-91, Friday evening at the Cam Henderson Center.

Elmore added eight assists, two rebounds and two steals for the Herd. Junior guard C.J. Burks had 23 points, four rebounds and three assists. Junior forward Ajdin Penava recorded his third career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Dominique Williams led UT-Martin with 25 points and Matthew Butler added 20 for the Skyhawks.

The first half opened as a back-and-forth contest, with neither team having more than a four-point lead in the first 12 minutes of the game. The Skyhawks used a 7-0 run in the middle of the first half to take a 29-22 lead. A layup by Burks cut UT-Martin’s lead to 40-31 in the late stages of the half, but the Skyhawks closed the half on a 6-0 run to take a 46-31 lead into the break.

The Herd opened the second half on a 9-0 run in the first two minutes, cutting what was a 15-point UT-Martin lead to six points, 46-40. Burks hit a 3-pointer nearly five minutes into the second half to cut the Skyhawks’ lead to two points, 50-48, but Tennessee at Martin responded with consecutive baskets to push its lead back to six points.

A Burks’ jumper with 8:23 remaining tied the contest for the first time since the middle of the first half and a Penava free throw put the Herd ahead for the first time since a 17-15 lead early in the first half. A 3-pointer by Butler put UT-Martin back in front in the late stages of the contest, but consecutive 3-pointers by freshman guard Jarrod West and Penava tied the contest at 78 with 1:16 left. Elmore converted a three-point play to put the Herd ahead, 81-78. A pair of Elmore free throws gave Marshall an 83-80 lead, but Williams hit a 3-pointer as time expired for UT Martin to send the game to overtime.

The Herd won the tip to begin overtime and an Elmore layup four seconds into the extra period sparked a 9-0 Marshall run, putting the Herd ahead, 92-83. 3-pointers by Burks and West put the Herd over 100 points for the eighth time under head coach Dan D’Antoni. Marshall outscored UT Martin, 19-8, in the overtime period to close out a 102-91 win.

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