HUNTINGTON - Marshall's Dago Pena never looks like he will miss a 3-pointer with his elevation and the shot-aligning hitch in his release.
He almost didn't Wednesday night at the Cam Henderson Center, when the Thundering Herd overcame an otherwise sloppy performance to earn a 99-80 win over NAIA Division I member WVU Tech (8-2).
The game didn't count for the Golden Bears, but the Herd (9-2) sometimes played like it was their exhibition.
"I wasn't real happy with our defense, but I'll take a 19-point win," said Marshall second-year Coach Tom Herrion, whose team is off until Dec. 29 when they visit Belmont.
Until Pena had a putback with 3:04 left to make it 94-72 for his first two-point basket. Otherwise, he was 8-for-11 from 3-point range. His performance was atypical of a season in which the Herd has showed off depth that Pena hasn't been a big part of statistically.
"I don't remember the last time he was this hot," MU guard DeAndre Kane said. "Last year?"
He was 14-of-50 on 3-pointers entering the game and averaged just 5.1 points despite playing more than 20 minutes a game on average.
Pena, a senior forward, was 54-of-130 on 3-pointers last year.
"Like a lot of our guys, he struggled shooting the 3 early in the season," Herrion said of Pena, whose 28 points was a career high, beating his former personal best of 20 which he had against Central Florida on Feb. 27, 2010.
This was Marshall's third game in five days, following wins over High Point (79-59) and Belmont (87-86) at home.