Herd rips Monarchs, 82-65


HUNTINGTON — Ryan Taylor snapped back from one of the worst performances of his career with one of his best Saturday for the Marshall Thundering Herd men’s basketball team in an 82-65 victory against Old Dominion in Cam Henderson Center.

Taylor scored 23 and snagged 12 rebounds. Thursday night in a win against Charlotte the 6-foot-5 junior forward had four points and two rebounds.

Marshall is 11-3 in Conference USA and moved within one-half game of league leader UAB, 11-2. UAB plays Sunday at third-place Middle Tennessee, 10-3.

Stevie Browning and James Kelly both scored 18 for the Herd. Jon Elmore scored nine and handed out 10 assists.

Trey Freeman of ODU (15-12, 8-6) scored 20. The senior guard came in with a conference-leading 21.4 average.

The crowd of 8,520 was Marshall’s largest in five seasons and came close to capacity (9,048).

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