Marshall 90, Ball St. 81
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.