MOREHEAD, Ky. - There were a combined 108 free-throw attempts. A total of 76 fouls were whistled. Eight players fouled out between the two teams.
In the end, Marshall went home with one "frustrating, painful loss," according to Coach Tom Herrion.
Morehead State overcame a 21-point deficit and hit all 14 of its free throws in overtime to defeat the Thundering Herd, 102-94, in front of a boisterous mixed-allegiance crowd of 3,506 here at Ellis T. Johnson Arena. Marshall held an 82-74 lead with 2:59 left of regulation, but frittered away its healthy advantage with a combination of turnovers and missed foul shots.
"We played so well for the first 20 minutes or so and they kind of flipped the switch on us," Herrion said.
The Herd (2-1) took a 48-27 lead with 1:00 left of the first half, but the host Eagles took over from there. Morehead State outscored Marshall 75-46 in the final 26 minutes, which includes the second half and five-minute overtime.
"Their athleticism gave us some trouble and we had to find a way in the second half to actually slow them down," Morehead State Coach Sean Woods said. "I think our zone - and just our kids' resiliency to not quit in some adverse situations - found a way to win."
The Eagles (3-1) chipped away at the Herd's lead despite missing eight consecutive free throws down the stretch in the second half. Marshall had one field goal in the final three minutes, missed four of six free throws and committed five turnovers as MSU ratcheted up the pressure.
Morehead State - trailing 86-82 with 32 seconds left - sandwiched a layup from Luka Pajkovic and two free throws from Chad Posthumus around a steal to tie it at 86-86.
Still, the Herd had possession at the end of regulation, and sophomore guard DeVince Boykins drove the baseline and was fouled with 1.1 seconds left. The first free throw bounced around the rim and out. The second foul shot didn't even catch iron.
The Eagles outscored the Herd 16-8 in the extra five-minute session.