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December 22, 2013

Marshall drops 1-point game to Arkansas State

After trailing by 16 at half, Herd rally falls short

HUNTINGTON — Arkansas State opened the game with five 3-pointers — three by Brandon Reed — as part of a 19-5 run and held on to defeat Marshall 83-82 on Saturday night.

The margin came down to a missed 3-pointer by Marshall’s Kareem Canty that became a two-point put back by Ryan Taylor at the buzzer.

Arkansas State (6-4) had a second burst of five 3-pointers, including three straight by Kirk Van Slyke, in a 22-6 run to lead 47-31 at halftime.

Marshall (5-7) outscored the Red Wolves 51-36 in the second half. Canty scored 22 points — 12 on four 3s after halftime. TyQuane Goard, averaging six points, went off for a career-high 21 with 13 rebounds. He and Canty combined for 13 points to cut a double-digit lead to 76-74.

Reed matched a season high with 21 points for Arkansas State, Van Slyke and Melvin Johnson III scored 16 each.

Marshall is off until Monday, Dec. 30, when it starts a two-game road trip at South Carolina.

ARKANSAS ST. (6-4)

Golden 5-12 1-1 13, Reed 7-13 2-2 21, Van Slyke 5-7 3-6 16, Johnson III 5-13 4-5 16, Washington 4-6 2-5 10, Dickerson 0-1 1-2 1, Downs 1-3 0-0 2, Townsel 0-3 0-0 0, Kisler 2-4 0-2 4. Totals 29-62 13-23 83.

MARSHALL (5-7)

Canty 8-19 0-2 22, Thomas 4-13 5-7 14, Boykins 0-3 0-0 0, Goard 5-9 11-13 21, Taylor 5-9 1-3 13, Smith 3-7 0-0 6, Manning 1-5 1-1 3, Mbao 0-0 0-0 0, Loop 1-5 0-0 3. Totals 27-70 18-26 82.

Halftime—Arkansas St. 47-31. 3-Point Goals—Arkansas St. 12-31 (Reed 5-9, Van Slyke 3-4, Johnson III 2-6, Golden 2-8, Kisler 0-1, Townsel 0-3), Marshall 10-31 (Canty 6-11, Taylor 2-3, Thomas 1-4, Loop 1-5, Boykins 0-1, Manning 0-3, Smith 0-4). Fouled Out—Washington. Rebounds—Arkansas St. 39 (Washington 12), Marshall 48 (Goard 13). Assists—Arkansas St. 17 (Johnson III 5), Marshall 14 (Canty 5). Total Fouls—Arkansas St. 22, Marshall 19. A—4,718.

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