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March 3, 2014

Marshall men rally past Pirates

HUNTINGTON — Freshman Ryan Taylor scored the game-winning points on a three-point play with 10 seconds to go as Marshall rallied to beat East Carolina 64-61 Sunday.

The Thundering Herd (10-20, 4-11 Conference USA) scored the last 10 points of the game while holding the Pirates (16-14, 5-10) scoreless for the final 4:32.

Kareem Canty made 3-pointer and Shawn Smith a layup to lead up to Taylor’s go-ahead play, a drive to the basket and a resulting free throw, which made it 62-61.

Canty scored two more on a pair of free throws after a missed 3-pointer by East Carolina’s Akeem Richmond.

Taylor, who had a key block with 29 seconds left, had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Chris Thomas scored 17 to lead the Herd. Canty added 11 points and Smith 10.

Caleb White scored 23 points to lead ECU with Richmond adding 15 and Antonio Robinson 10. The Pirates trailed 52-51 with 10 minutes to go, but rallied in front with a 10-2 run, capped by White’s 3-pointer to make it 61-54.

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EAST CAROLINA (16-14)

Richmond 5-18 0-0 15, White 8-14 5-5 23, Robinson 4-6 1-1 10, Roberts-Campbell 0-0 0-0 0, Zangari 2-7 2-2 6, Torlak 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 1-2 2-4 4, Stith 1-1 1-2 3. Totals 21-48 11-14 61.

MARSHALL (10-20)

Smith 4-5 1-3 10, Canty 3-17 2-2 11, Thomas 7-14 1-2 17, Sane 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor 4-14 7-12 15, Boykins 1-2 0-0 3, Goard 2-6 2-2 6, Manning 0-0 0-0 0, Mbao 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 22-59 13-21 64.

Halftime—East Carolina 41-30. 3-Point Goals—East Carolina 8-22 (Richmond 5-16, White 2-4, Robinson 1-1, Williams 0-1), Marshall 7-20 (Canty 3-11, Thomas 2-4, Smith 1-1, Boykins 1-2, Taylor 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—East Carolina 28 (Williams 10), Marshall 44 (Taylor 12). Assists—East Carolina 14 (Williams 9), Marshall 18 (Canty 6). Total Fouls—East Carolina 16, Marshall 16. A—4,291.

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