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Pitts pushes Marshall past Houston 66-58
Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP)—Damier Pitts scored 15 points and dished six assists to help Marshall beat Houston 66-58 Wednesday night.

DeAndre Kane and Dago Pena added 14 apiece for the Thundering Herd (17-10, 8-5 Conference USA) who shot 44.6 percent (29 of 65) from the field.

Houston led throughout the first half and took a 31-23 lead into intermission. However, Marshall opened the second half on a 16-1 run to take a 39-32 lead with 13:26 left to play.

Marshall pushed that lead to 59-40 behind a jumper from Pitts.

Nigel Spikes came off the bench to grab 10 boards for Marshall in just 17 minutes as the Thundering Herd won the rebounding battle 43-40.

Marshall shot 57.6 percent (19 of 33) in the second half, after shooting 31.3 percent (10 of 32) in the first half, and forced 15 Houston turnovers.

Leon Gibson led Houston (12-14, 4-9) with 17 points.

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 Houston
Leon Gibson Leon Gibson
6-9,  17 Pts
11 Rebs, 0 Assists
 Marshall
Dennis Tinnon Dennis Tinnon
5-9,  10 Pts
9 Rebs, 2 Assists

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