HUNTINGTON — D.J. Thompson scored 25 points to lead Appalachian State to a 73-65 win over Marshall Saturday evening.

Appalachian State had two other players in double figures. Douglass McLaughlin-Williams scored 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds; Demetrius Scott added 12 points.

Joe Miles was the only Marshall player in double figures with 15 points.

The win snapped Marshall’s two-game winning streak while snapping a three-game losing streak for the Mountaineers.

Thompson’s stop-and-pop with 2:02 remaining gave Appalachian State a two-possession lead the Mountaineers would never relinquish.

Free throws proved pivotal with the Mountaineers hitting eight straight down the stretch to seal the victory. Marshall struggled to a 17-of-31 performance from the foul line.

Marshall’s shooting woes weren’t limited to the foul line. The team went the last 8:42 of the game without a field goal.

Appalachian State took advantage of Marshall’s futility, ending the game on a 16-6 run to get its first victory at Marshall since a 75-72 win on Jan. 25, 1992, when both teams were members of the Southern Conference.

Marshall took its first lead of the second half, 56-55, after Joe Miles hit a pair of free throws following a technical foul on Appalachian State’s P.L. Henderson with 8:03 left. Henderson was assessed the technical after an altercation with the Herd’s Mark Patton.

Neither team could find the range for an extended period until the Herd’s Chris Ross hit a layup with 11:10 left to end a four-minute drought and cut the Mountaineers’ lead to 50-49.

Marshall led by as many as eight points in the first half, but a 12-0 run by Appalachian State powered the Mountaineers to a 38-35 halftime lead.



APPALACHIAN ST. 73, MARSHALL 65

APPALACHIAN ST. (4-5)

McLaughlin-Williams 4-8 5-8 14, Webb 1-2 0-0 2, Scott 4-6 4-4 12, Thompson 7-13 7-8 25, Bermudez 0-1 0-0 0, Clayton 3-5 0-1 6, Cranford 1-10 6-6 9, Henderson III 1-3 1-2 3, Harper 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 22-49 23-29 73.

MARSHALL (3-4)

Aikens 3-7 1-1 8, Patton 2-12 3-7 7, Ross 2-7 2-7 6, Whitted 3-5 0-0 8, Dorris 1-3 0-1 2, Lamb 0-1 0-0 0, Humphrey 2-4 0-0 6, Miles 3-12 8-11 15, Carter 3-5 3-4 9, Wooldridge 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 21-59 17-31 65.

Halftime—Appalachian State 38-35. 3-Point Goals—Appalachian St. 6-20 (Thompson 4-6, McLaughlin-Williams 1-4, Cranford 1-9, Scott 0-1), Marshall 6-22 (Whitted 2-2, Humphrey 2-3, Aikens 1-4, Miles 1-5, Lamb 0-1, Dorris 0-1, Ross 0-2, Patton 0-4). Fouled Out—Clayton, Webb. Rebounds—Appalachian St. 39 (McLaughlin-Williams 9), Marshall 37 (Aikens, Patton 8). Assists—Appalachian St. 10 (Thompson 6), Marshall 14 (Ross 5). Total Fouls—Appalachian St. 27, Marshall 25. A—3,379.

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