After Ed Drew's jumper drew Presbyterian (4-11) within 34-32 with 17:40 left, the hammer came down. That really began when Smith slammed home a Chris Thomas miss, and then the roles reversed on the next possession. Both dunkers found an opening down the weak-side baseline and timed their soaring jumps perfectly.
That sparked a 14-4 run, finished by Smith's steal and dunk at the other end. After the lead moved up through the teens, the Herd (6-9) finished with a 15-2 run, including 10 in a row by Taylor.
The second-half numbers were reflective of that effort - the Herd outshot the Blue Hose 51.4 percent to 29.6 percent, committed only two turnovers to the visitors' seven and continued its dominance on the boards.
Don't underestimate the latter statistic - the Herd was mauled by double-digits in its last two games, losses to South Carolina and Akron. On Sunday, MU had 20 offensive rebounds to Presbyterian's 20 defensive boards - a telling ratio.
"We're tired of being punked," Canty said. "We kept being punked, kept being outrebounded ... When we rebound, we can play with anybody in the country."
BRIEFLY: Tamron Manning (groin) and Yous Mbao were held out with injuries. Mbao banged up his knee in practice, the one on which he has had surgery. ... Marshall begins league play with its longest road trip - Thursday at Texas-San Antonio and Saturday at Texas-El Paso. Tip-off times are 8 and 9:05 p.m., respectively.
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