HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Arkansas State opened the game with five 3-pointers - three by Brandon Reed - as part of a 19-5 run and held on to defeat Marshall 83-82 on Saturday night.
The margin came down to a missed 3-pointer by Marshall's Kareem Canty that became a 2-point put-back by Ryan Taylor at the buzzer.
Arkansas State (6-4) had a second burst of five 3-pointers, including three straight by Kirk Van Slyke, in a 22-6 run to lead 47-31 at halftime. The Thundering Herd had climbed back to a 25-all tie, achieved with TyQuane Goard's layup.
Marshall (5-7) outscored the Red Wolves 51-36 in the second half, but it took awhile to chip into what became a 54-36 lead. The Herd finally cut the lead to singled digits with 6:47 left, when Canty's 3-pointer made it 72-64.
Taylor's 3-pointer with 41 seconds left tied the game at 79, but Reed's fifth 3-pointer gave Arkansas State the lead for good at 82-79. Taylor was fouled as the RedWolves sought to deny a 3-point attempt, and Taylor split the free throws with 9 seconds left. Van Slyke did the same at the other end with 7 seconds left, setting up the Herd's final possession.
Canty scored 22 points - 12 on four 3s after halftime. Goard, averaging six points entering the game, went off for a career-high 21 with 13 rebounds. Reed matched a season high with 21 points for Arkansas State, while Van Slyke and Melvin Johnson III scored 16 each.
- FROM STAFF, WIRE REPORTS