Men’s basketball team falls to the Miners in close, high-scoring game, 112-108

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The Marshall University men’s basketball team lost a close, high-scoring affair Thursday night on the road against the University of Texas at El Paso.

In the 112-108 shootout, senior forward James Kelly led the Herd with 26 points on 9-17 shooting and also collected seven rebounds.

Sophomore guard Jon Elmore and junior forward Ryan Taylor also notched 20-point outings for Marshall. Taylor connected on eight of his 13 shot attempts and also added seven rebounds to go with five assists. Elmore went just 5-15 from the field, but was a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line, while also dishing out a team-high six assists.

Guards C.J. Burks and Stevie Browning also scored in double figures with 16 points and 11 points, respectively.

As a team, Marshall shot 54 percent overall and went 11-28 from beyond the arc.

Despite the efficient shooting from the Herd, it was outdid by UTEP, which converted 56 percent of its field goal attempts, including a blistering 61 percent from 3.

Oregon transfer guard Dominic Artis led UTEP with 33 points on 12-21 shooting to go along with nine rebounds and three assists.

Marshall’s next contest is 2 p.m. Saturday when the Herd takes on the University of Texas at San Antonio in its second straight road game.

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