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With the win, Penn State improves to 7-3, while the Thundering Herd falls to 4-5 on the year.
Freshman guard Kareem Canty (Harlem, N.Y.) had a career performance against the Nittany Lions as he scored a career high 28 points on 10-of-19 shooting from the field, while finishing 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. As a team, the Herd went 26-of-66 from the field for 39.4 percent.
Making his second career start, sophomore forward TyQuane Goard (Roxboro, N.C.) finished as Marshall’s leading rebounder with seven boards, three having come on the offensive glass.
Penn State shot 48.5 percent from the field on 33-of-68 shooting, while the starting five all finished as double-figure scorers.
On their home floor, the Nittany Lions jumped on the Herd early on as Penn State led 11-3 at the first media timeout with 15:48 to play in the first half.
Once Marshall settled in, both sides traded blows, but Penn State kept the herd at bay as a 21-8 run put the Nittany Lions up 44-25 with 3:25 remaining until the half, for its largest lead of the game to that point.
The Herd would respond before the first 20 minutes concluded as Canty scored the last five points of the half for Marshall to bring the score to 47-32 at the break with Penn State holding the edge.
In the first half, Marshall shot 29.7 percent from the field on 11-of-37 shooting, while Penn State was 18-of-34 for 52.9 percent. The Herd led in the battle of the boards at the break, outrebounding the Nittany Lions 24-23. Canty’s 17 first-half points were capped off with a three-point bucket at the buzzer from just beyond half court.
Marshall came out in the second half with a spike in energy and brought the deficit down to 13 with 19:03 remaining in the second half after a layup from sophomore Chris Thomas (Denver), but the deficit would increase no further for the Herd as Penn State’s quick tempo and hot shooting was hard to match.
Penn State reached its largest lead with 10:35 remaining in the game as senior guard D.J. Newbill made a pair of free throws to make it 70-47 in favor of the Nittany Lions.
Penn State now leads the all-time series against Marshall, 6-0. Prior to Saturday, the teams had not met since Jan. 16, 1992.
The Herd will conclude its four-game trip away from home with its annual meeting with in-state rival West Virginia for the Chesapeake Energy Classic, Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on ROOT Sports.