The Marshall University men’s basketball team led by 21 points at halftime Friday and saw that lead shrink to just two points before pulling away late for a 79-66 win against Florida International at the Panthers’ Ocean Bank Convocation Center in Miami.
The Thundering Herd (8-4, 2-3 Conference USA) ended a two-game losing streak with the win.
“We looked really good at first,” Marshall coach Dan D’Antoni. “We told them at halftime that they play like us where they can be down 20 and come back.”
Redshirt sophomore guard Andrew Taylor and senior guard Jarrod West each scored a team-high 16 points in the win with Taylor recording his second double-double of the season with a game-high 10 rebounds.
West went 5 of 8 from the floor and from the free throw line. The Clarksburg native and former Notre Dame High standout also had six assists and four-steals against FIU on Friday.
Senior forward Darius George Chipped in with 15 points for the Herd while freshman forward Obinna Anochili-Killen, a former Chapmanville High star, had 12 points. Junior guard Taevion Kinsey also hit double-digits in scoring with 10 points while grabbing seven rebounds as well.
For FIU (8-7, 2-5 C-USA), starting guards Tevin Brewer and Jonathan Nunez each scored 11 points while Dimon Carrigan came off the bench to also score 11 in the loss.
Marshall and FIU play again Saturday to conclude their series, with tip-off scheduled for 2 p.m.