Marshall's final play went smoothly. Canty drove to draw in the defense, tossed to Tamron Manning, who threw to Boykins on the left baseline. Boykins was fouled by Brent Arrington with 1.1 seconds left, giving him two shots at a probable victory.
The first shot was well short and the second was even shorter, missing the rim altogether and triggering overtime.
When Angelo Warner hit two free throws with 2:21 left in the extra period, the Eagles took a 94-92 lead, their first since a 9-8 advantage. When Thomas hit just one of two free throws for the Herd and Posthumus hit two for a 96-93 lead, the knockout punch was coming.
It came when Manning fired a lousy 3-pointer from the corner. Thomas hustled to tie up Posthumus, but the possession arrow favored Morehead. Then Arrington put the game away, floating over Pittman for a layup that made it 98-93.
Pittman couldn't do much, lest he join five teammates with five fouls. Only six players were available by then, with Pittman and two others with four fouls.
Morehead outscored MU 41-24 in bench points, 18-8 on the fast break, 21-3 in second-chance points, 42-34 in the paint and 32-13 off turnovers.
The turnover number got more painful as the game progressed. Canty had trouble dealing with Arrington in the final minute of the first half, which was a signal of things to come.
"He's a guard who likes to create space and shoot fadeaway jump shots, and hit some big ones," Woods said. "So we just started switching, hedging hard and getting over the screen more aggressively to make sure he had tough ones to take.
"We thought he's been careless with the basketball as of late, so we just wanted to rush him and make him make plays all the time. It kind of worked out for us."
Herrion never likes seeing 26 turnovers, but he was much more disappointed in the defensive effort and Morehead's 14 offensive rebounds after halftime. He defended Canty on one point - Canty played 41 minutes, never coming out after halftime.
"I thought there were a lot of fatigue turnovers for him," Herrion said. "Too many minutes, but we were 'scrambled eggs.' We had guys playing different spots they hadn't [practiced]. No excuse - can't have nine turnovers on the road as a point guard.
"But he played too many minutes this afternoon."
Arrington and Turner led Morehead with 24 points apiece, going a combined 17 of 29 from the line. The Eagles finished 40 of 65 from the stripe to 29 of 43 for Marshall.
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