CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Deniz Kilicli, wearing a gray sweatsuit and with his right foot in a protective boot, watched from the end of the bench as his West Virginia teammates dominated rebounding without him.
"Maybe we shouldn't play him anymore," WVU men's basketball Coach Bob Huggins said with a smirk. "What do you think?"
Marshall, No. 1 among Division I teams in rebounding margin (plus-11.2) entering Wednesday's Capital Classic, was beaten on the boards for the first time this season.
That statistic, and a critical offensive rebound in the first half, helped the Mountaineers to a 78-62 win over the Thundering Herd in front of a Classic-record 12,684 fans at the Charleston Civic Center.
The margin of victory - 16 points - is the most lopsided of any contest in the intrastate series played in Charleston.
"I thought they were quicker, stronger, faster and more aggressive to the ball," said Marshall second-year Coach Tom Herrion, who watched the Herd's four-game winning streak come to an end. "We didn't find a body to block out. We reached, we tipped and we were flat out not aggressive enough."
Marshall (13-5) had outrebounded 10 of its first 17 opponents by double figures, including staggering margins like plus-29, plus-21 and plus-19.
WVU (14-5), however, won the rebounding battle in both halves, and a critical offensive board by Dominic Rutledge led to a four-point possession that steered momentum away from the Herd.
Rutledge, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound junior forward, corralled a missed free throw by Aaron Brown, who was trying to complete an old-fashioned 3-point play.
Brown, a freshman forward, ended up with the ball in his hands at the top of the key and banked in a shot that trimmed a 27-20 deficit to four points with 2:39 left of the first half.
That ended a 10-0 run by the Thundering Herd, which got eight points in that stretch from sophomore guard DeAndre Kane in transition and on breakouts after missed shots or turnovers.
"Our spacing and balance was terrible," Huggins said. "I think they got five layups (in the first half). That was kind of my message is try to throw it to the guys with the blue shirts on.
"We made them play against our half-court defense."
After falling behind by seven points at the 3:12 mark of the opening half, West Virginia outscored Marshall 58-35 the rest of the way and led by as many as 19 in the second half.
"We just got outplayed tonight," said Kane, who had a team-high 19 points and won MVP honors for the Herd. "We are the top rebounding team in the country and we got outrebounded by 10.
"That doesn't happen to us."
Dennis Tinnon, a 6-8, 225-pound junior, finished with a team-high 10 rebounds, but his frontcourt friends were kept off the glass.
Starting forward Robert Goff finished with one rebound in 26 minutes and reserve forward Nigel Spikes added three boards in 18 minutes off the bench, giving the Herd just four boards in 44 combined minutes from two of its bigs.