HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Marshall overcame a 15-point deficit to defeat Western Kentucky Saturday night and improved to 3-0 in Conference USA play.
Sophomore Jannson Williams knocked down a 3-pointer with just 21 seconds remaining to give the Herd a 70-69 lead, its first since early in the first half.
Marshall (10-6, 3-0) then held on the defensive side to defeat Western Kentucky (8-8, 1-2) 70-69 in the two teams' first meeting since last year's Conference USA title game.
The Herd's three conference wins have all come in dramatic fashion with Marshall winning those three games by a combined five points.
Marshall trailed by 15 late in the first half and were able to cut the deficit to 11 at halftime before mounting a furious comeback in the second half.
Marshall freshman Taevion Kinsey led all scorers and set a new career-high with 23 points, 15 of which came in the second half. Kinsey also pulled down seven rebounds for the Herd. Since joining the starting lineup in conference play, Kinsey's scoring average has jumped from 6.3 points per game to 16.6 points per game. He has also set a new career-high in each of the last three games.
Senior Jon Elmore shot 6 of 16 from the field and scored 21 for the Herd.
Williams' game-winning shots gave him 12 points for the game.
The Herd shot 44 percent from the field and just 27 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
Sophomore Taveion Hollingsworth led the way for the Hilltoppers scoring 20 points.
The Herd will return to action Thursday when it will host Florida Atlantic at 7 p.m. Early this week, Marshall announced it will be offering federal employees free tickets to the contest.