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WVU rallies past Herd, 74-64

 Photo by Marcus Constantino Marshall's Ryan Taylor (25) shoots the ball as a trio of Mountaineers defend during the NCAA men’s basketball game at the Charleston Civic Center, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Charleston, W.Va.

Photo by Marcus Constantino
Marshall’s Ryan Taylor (25) shoots the ball as a trio of Mountaineers defend during the NCAA men’s basketball game at the Charleston Civic Center, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Charleston, W.Va.

By Rick McCann

The Herald-Dispatch

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A 10-for-24 free throw shooting performance negates just about anything, which is what Marshall shot Saturday evening.

West Virginia’s (7-4) and Marshall’s (4-6) men’s basketball teams had the same number of field goals Saturday night, and the Capital Classic was basically decided at the foul line. West Virginia won, 74-64, after making 20 of 28 free throws.

The Thundering Herd held the lead for most of the game until West Virginia guard Juwan Staten completed a three-point play with a drive for two and a foul shot with 3:41 left to play, moving the Mountaineers on top, 63-62.

The Herd showed its youthfulness as the Mountaineers stretched it out to the end.

“Well, that’s a crying shame,” Marshall head coach Tom Herrion said. “No disrespect to West Virginia, but we beat ourselves.”

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