Marshall advances to Conference USA title game
For the second consecutive season, Marshall will play in the Conference USA championship game.
No. 4 Marshall (23-10) defeated No. 9 Southern Miss (16-18) 95-81 Friday in a Conference USA semifinal matchup in Frisco, Texas.
The Herd was led by junior guard Jon Elmore who came up just short of a triple-double. Elmore finished with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists.
Freshman Jannson Williams shot 5 of 6 from the field and was 2 for 2 from 3-point range and finished with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Coming off a 29-point performance in the quarterfinals, C.J. Burks scored 13.
Junior Ajdin Penava and freshman Jarrod West finished with 12 points.
Marshall used a hot-shooting first half to take a 47-27 lead into the half.
Southern Miss cut Marshall’s deficit to single digits late in the second half, but a deep 3-pointer by Elmore and clutch free throw shooting secured the win for the Herd.
Marshall shot 51 percent from the floor, 43 percent from 3-point range and 84 percent from the free throw line in its semifinal win.
The Herd defeated UTSA 95-81 in the quarterfinal Thursday night.
Marshall will play in the C-USA championship game Saturday at 8:30 p.m. The Herd will take on the winner of No. 2 Old Dominion and No. 3 Western Kentucky. Marshall went 0-2 against both teams in the regular season.