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Late basket, block send Marshall to semifinals

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Marshall Thundering Herd men’s basketball made another step forward Thursday night.

Ryan Taylor’s driving score with three seconds left gave Marshall an 87-85 victory against UTEP and a Friday berth in the Conference USA tournament semifinals at Legacy Arena.

Third-seeded Marshall (17-15) plays again at 6:30 p.m. Friday against second-seeded Middle Tennessee (22-9).

“For Marshall, it’s a step at a time,” said Dan D’Antoni, the Herd head coach in his second season. “It’s been a while since we could be in position to be relevant in a tournament…

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