Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

February 2, 2013

Marshall halts UCF's winning streak

HUNTINGTON — Elijah Pittman led four starters in double figures with 20 points and Nigel Spikes scored 10 of his 11 points in the second half of Marshall’s 75-71 win over Central Florida on Saturday.

D.D. Scarver, the only Conference USA player to make at least one 3-pointer in every game, added 16 points for Marshall (10-12, 3-4) and Dennis Tinnon had 13. DeAndre Kane dished out 12 assists for Marshall, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

Spikes, who had just one point in the first half, broke a 55-all tie with four straight free throws with just over 6 minutes remaining.

The center sandwiched two layups around two Scarver free throws to put Marshall up for good, 68-64.

Keith Clanton had 24 points and nine rebounds for UCF (15-6, 5-2) but had six of the Knights’ 12 turnovers. UCF had its four-game  winning streak snapped.

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UCF (15-6)

Spurlock 2-10 5-6 9, Clanton 9-15 5-8 24, Sykes 4-15 2-3 10,  Walker 0-0 0-0 0, Newell 8-15 0-0 19, Horodyski 0-0 0-0 0,  Williams 1-3 0-0 3, Wilson 2-5 1-3 6, Blair 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-63 13-20 71.

MARSHALL (10-12)

Tinnon 6-9 1-2 13, Pittman 7-12 3-4 20, Spikes 3-5 5-6 11,  Scarver 5-10 5-8 16, Kane 2-10 1-3 6, Goff 3-4 0-0 6, Boykins 1-1 0-0 2,  Manning 0-1 1-2 1, Mbao 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-52 16-25 75.

Halftime—UCF 33-32. 3-Point Goals—UCF 6-19 (Newell 3-6, Wilson 1-2,  Clanton 1-2, Williams 1-3, Spurlock 0-3, Sykes 0-3), Marshall 5-18  (Pittman 3-6, Kane 1-5, Scarver 1-5, Tinnon 0-1, Manning 0-1). Fouled  Out—Clanton, Sykes. Rebounds—UCF 41 (Clanton 9), Marshall 29 (Tinnon 5).  Assists—UCF 13 (Sykes 4), Marshall 17 (Kane 12). Total Fouls—UCF 20,  Marshall 18. Technicals—Clanton, Newell, Tinnon. A—5,856.

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