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Marshall Downs La. Tech With Stifling Defense, 78-65

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Jon Elmore splits defenders during the 78-65 win over La. Tech in Huntington on December 30, 2017.

Jon Elmore splits defenders during the 78-65 win over La. Tech in Huntington on December 30, 2017.

(Marshall Sports Information release) — Junior guards Jon Elmore and C.J. Burks combined for 55 points to help give the Marshall men’s basketball team a 78-65 win over the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on Saturday evening at the Henderson Center.

With the win, the Thundering Herd moved to 11-4 (2-0 Conference USA), while the Bulldogs fell to 9-6 (0-2 C-USA). The win also moved Marshall to 10-0 at home for the second consecutive year to begin the season.

Rondale Watson (23) dunked in the first half of the 78-65 win over La. Tech on December 30, 2017.

Rondale Watson (23) dunked in the first half of the 78-65 win over La. Tech on December 30, 2017.

It is the first time the Herd has started the season 10-0 in back-to-back seasons since the 1972-73 and 1973-74 seasons.

Marshall coach Dan D'Antoni had a heated discussion with the officials in the first half of The Herd's 78-65 win over La. Tech on December 30, 2017 in Huntington, WV.

Marshall coach Dan D’Antoni had a heated discussion with the officials in the first half of The Herd’s 78-65 win over La. Tech on December 30, 2017 in Huntington, WV.

Elmore led all scorers with 32 points, while he added nine rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block. Burks scored 23 points, while he pulled down four boards and dished out four dimes. Freshman guard Jarrod West added 12 points thanks to shooting 4-of-7 (57.1 percent) from three-point land. Louisiana Tech’s Jacobi Boykins led his team with 15 points.

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Greg Perry is the founder and publisher of The Insider Magazine. He is a 1989 graduate of Marshall University.

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