Wednesday night was one to forget for Tulsa as it was downed 79-61 by Marshall in Huntington, W.V.
The Golden Hurricane (9-7 overall, 1-1 in Conference USA) had a some early one-point leads when the game was in single digits, but the Thundering Herd (8-8, 1-0), who played their first conference game cruised to a 19-0 run and never looked back as they raced to a 43-20 lead at halftime.
Marshall’s largest advantage was 29 points, which came when a jumper from Dennis Tinnon made the score 55-26 with 15:12 left in the game.
Tulsa would make it more respectable down the stretch. Shaquille Harrison got a jumper to bring TU to within 73-55 with 1:55 left, reducing the margin to the teens.
Elijah Pittman led Marshall with 19 points. D.D. Scarver and DeAndre Kane each posted 16. Tinnon grabbed 11 boards for the Thundering Herd.
James Woodard and Harrison both led TU with 12 points each. Rashad Ray also ended in double figures with 11.
The Golden Hurricane shot 37 percent (23-of-63) from the floor, 21 percent (3-of-14) from 3-point range and 80 percent (12-of-15) from the free throw line.
Marshall hit 45 percent (27-of-60) in field goals, 38 percent (12-of-32) in 3s and 65 percent (13-of-20) in free throws.
Tulsa hosts Rice at 5:30 p.m. Saturday inside the Reynolds Center.