Marshall 90, Ball St. 81

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MUNCIE, Ind. (AP)—A.W. Hamilton scored 24 points, including three straight 3-pointers in the second half that gave Marshall the lead for good in its first Mid-American Conference victory of the season, a 90-81 win over Ball State on Sunday.

The Thundering Herd (4-16, 1-10) trailed 44-41 at halftime but opened the second half with four 3-pointers in their first five possessions, including the three straight by Hamilton that gave Marshall a 55-54 lead with 16:19 left.

Marshall pushed its lead to double figures until Ball State rallied to close within 81-78 with just over four minutes to play on two Dennis Trammell free throws. The Cardinals (12-7, 7-4) came no closer.

Trammell, celebrating his 23rd birthday Sunday, led Ball State with a school and Worthen Arena-record eight 3-pointers and a career-high 38 points. Peyton Stovall added 15 points and a season-high seven assists for the Cardinals.

Mark Patton had 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for Marshall and Enoch Bunch’s 14 points led a Marshall bench that outscored Ball State’s reserves 33-11.

Ball State took an early 14-4 lead behind a trio of Trammell 3-pointers in the first three minutes. The Cardinals held a double-digit lead throughout much of the first half until a basket by Hamilton sparked an 11-2 Marshall run that ended with a layup from Mark Patton and narrowed the lead to 36-33. The half ended 44-41.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
 Marshall
M. Patton M. Patton
5-7,  13 Pts
10 Rebs, 2 Assists
 Ball St.
P. Stovall P. Stovall
5-14,  15 Pts
4 Rebs, 7 Assists

Team Stat Leaders

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Rebounds
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