Kelly comes up big in OT for Marshall


Tops Western Kentucky, 96-93

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — James Kelly scored seven straight points to give Marshall the lead in overtime and Stevie Browning added two free throws to put away a 96-93 victory over Western Kentucky Saturday night.

The win keeps Marshall tied with Middle Tennessee in second place in the Conference USA standings, two games behind Alabama-Birmingham.

Kelly gave the Thundering Herd an 80-76 lead with just over two minutes left in regulation. Anton Waters and Aaron Cosby each scored to tie the game at 80-80 with 59 seconds, forcing overtime.

Kelly hit a 3-pointer, a jumper and dunked in under a minute to put Marshall ahead, 94-92 with 18 seconds remaining.

Kelly and Jon Elmore each scored 24 points and Elmore added 10 assists for Marshall (13-12, 9-3). Terrance Thompson grabbed 10 rebounds.

Fredrick Edmond scored 25 points and Justin Johnson added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Hilltoppers (12-13, 4-8).

BOX SCORE

MARSHALL (13-12) – Kelly 11-18 1-2 24, Taylor 3-5 0-0 7, Browning 6-14 2-2 17, Elmore 9-20 1-2 24, Loop 2-5 0-0 6, Thompson 3-4 3-4 9, Burks 3-5 0-1 7, Dozic 0-0 0-0 0, Mijovic 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 37-71 9-13 96.

W. KENTUCKY (12-13 )- Snipes 1-7 3-4 6, Johnson 8-14 3-6 19, Waters 2-6 2-4 6, Cosby 4-12 4-4 13, Edmond 11-18 3-7 25, McNeal 0-3 0-0 0, Hunter 1-4 1-2 3, Lawson 3-5 3-4 9, Rostov 5-8 2-2 12. Totals 35-77 21-33 93.

Halftime_Marshall 40-39. End Of Regulation_Tied 80. 3-Point Goals_Marshall 13-32 (Elmore 5-10, Browning 3-6, Loop 2-5, Burks 1-2, Taylor 1-3, Kelly 1-6), W. Kentucky 2-18 (Snipes 1-5, Cosby 1-8, Rostov 0-1, Edmond 0-1, McNeal 0-3). Fouled Out_Taylor, Thompson, Waters. Rebounds_Marshall 41 (Thompson 10), W. Kentucky 42 (Johnson 11). Assists_Marshall 20 (Elmore 10), W. Kentucky 16 (Cosby 5). Total Fouls_Marshall 22, W. Kentucky 20. Technical_Taylor. A_4,373.

Tops Western Kentucky, 96-93
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