HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Free throws - missed ones, to be more specific - sent the Marshall men's basketball team tumbling to its second consecutive overtime loss.
The Thundering Herd missed nine of its first 10 from the line, and made just eight of 24 for the game, while Stephen F. Austin used three straight free throws to force extra time and finally put away Marshall 80-73 on Thursday night at the Cam Henderson Center.
"You leave 16 points on the foul line, and that's not probably counting the front ends of one-and-ones," Marshall Coach Tom Herrion said. "Eight for 24 is deplorable, unacceptable and obviously ... we missed them early, missed them late and missed them in between.
"A poor job free-throw shooting by us tonight," he said. "It cost us the game."
This is the second straight game where missed free throws did in the Herd. DeVince Boykins missed two at the end of regulation against Morehead State that would have given Marshall the win. Morehead made 14 of 14 from the line in overtime and Marshall made just two of four to fall 102-94.
A 3-pointer by Lumberjacks senior Jacob Parker and a layup by sophomore Trey Pinkney gave Stephen F. Austin a 72-67 lead in overtime, and proved to be enough to hold the Herd (2-2) at bay. Marshall got as close as 75-73 on an Elijah Pittman 3-pointer with 37.4 seconds left. But Parker, who led all scorers with 31 points, iced the game with a fast-break dunk.
Lumberjacks senior Desmond Haymon sent the game into overtime, when he threw up a flailing 3-point attempt with time running out in regulation, and TyQuane Goard grabbed him from behind on the follow-through. That put Haymon on the line and he sunk all three free throws in the face of a loud Henderson Center crowd.
"I just know I had confidence at the line," Haymon said. "I'm a senior and couldn't let my team down because, if I would have missed one, I knew it was the end of the game. So I had to come out and stay confident as a senior and a leader."
Herrion said the plan was for someone to foul Haymon at half-court and put him at the free throw line to try for two points instead of three. Boykins did that successfully with 7 seconds to go.