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Marshall picks up much-needed win

01/15/2014, 9:15pm CST
By Patrick Z. McGavin

James King scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Marshall's 76-65 win over Farragut.

Marshall was ready to get on the right side of the win column.

"We are just hungry right now, we haven't won since Christmas," senior Marshall guard Cintron Miller said.

Farragut was trying to build off its tough two-point loss against Orr on Monday.

"We don't pay attention to who they played," Miller said. "We know they are a good team."

In a matchup of once powerful programs who are trying to rebuild, host Marshall relied on depth, speed and balance to run past the Admirals 76-65 in Red-West play on Wednesday.

Eight different players scored for the Commandos (5-7, 2-3). Athletic forward James King scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Marshall hit five three-pointers in the first half, including three straight halfway through the second quarter to claim the early advantage. King's tip in at the second quarter buzzer put Marshall up 32-26 at the break.

That was without Miller, who sat out the final 5:25 of the second quarter after picking up his second foul.

"I got out to the slow start after the second foul and I wanted to come out with a lot of energy in the second half and pick the team up," he said.

Miller (11 points) stepped up in the third quarter, ending the period with an electric fast break for the 49-38 lead.

Lashon Lewis came of the bench to score 10 of his 16 points in the second half. He scored on a variety of post moves and strong interior moves.

"I knew they didn't have anyone on the inside big enough to stick me, and I just used my size to finish at the basket," he said.

Reserve guard Lonnell Williams scored 10 points off the bench.

Farragut (3-6, 1-4) had three players in double figures, though the Admirals never seriously threatened in the second half. Joshua Adams scored 19 points and Ashawn Jones and Ameer Jackson contributed 18 points apiece.

Eighteen Farragut turnovers doomed the Admirals' upset possibilities.

Jerwon Hudson added nine points for the Commandos.


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