HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- With every rebound and every 3-point attempt, Marshall took out three games' worth of frustration on Tulsa.
The Thundering Herd hurt the Golden Hurricane outside and swallowed it up inside, cruising to a 79-61 win Wednesday night to open Marshall's Conference USA slate and snap a three-game losing streak.
"We came in focused," said junior guard DeAndre Kane, who finished with 16 points and game-high seven assists. "We just came out with energy. We wanted to win. We wanted to get our crowd back into it."
The Herd (8-8, 1-0) used a 19-0 first-half run to pull away from the Golden Hurricane (9-7, 1-1) at the Cam Henderson Center.
Marshall led by as many as 29 after one of its best nights beyond the arc this season.
Elijah Pittman led all scorers with 19 points, while D.D. Scarver added 16 and Dennis Tinnon pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.
Marshall began the game with a vigor not seen for most of its three-game slump.
In a 28-point loss at Kentucky, a two-point home loss to Delaware State and a 37-point loss at Ohio, the Herd trudged through each vexing minute.
Against the Golden Hurricane, Marshall broke into a dead sprint with Tulsa leading 6-5.
Eight minutes and six seconds later, D.D. Scarver hit two free throws to cap 19 straight Herd points and give Marshall a 24-6 lead.
"We were able to open the floor up," Marshall Coach Tom Herrion said. "I thought we really hurt them in transition early, whether it was attacking the rim or spotting up and making some shots, which led to better defense. Our defense the first 20 minutes was pretty air-tight in my opinion."
The Herd towered over the Golden Hurricane literally and figuratively Wednesday night. Only one of Tulsa's starters stood taller than 6-foot-8, while three Marshall starters stood 6-foot-8 or taller.
Marshall used that to its advantage, dominating Tulsa 47-32 on the boards and holding the Hurricane to 36.5 percent shooting for the game.