HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Dago Pena had 28 points, leading five Marshall players in double-figure scoring as the Thundering Herd eased past West Virginia Tech of the NAIA 99-80 on Wednesday night.
Damier Pitts added 17 points and DeAndre Kane 16, while both Justin Coleman and Dennis Tinnon had 12 apiece for the Thundering Herd (9-2). Marshall has now won four straight after dropping back-to-back games. The Thundering Herd opened the season with a five-game winning streak.
This one was close early, but Marshall eventually pushed their lead to 30-22 with 5:54 left before halftime. After the Golden Bears pulled within six points, a Kane 3-pointer started an 18-4 run for a 20-point advantage at the break.
Marshall stayed ahead comfortably the rest of the way, despite being outscored by their NAIA foe 52-51 in the second half.
Josh Proctor led West Virginia Tech (8-4) with 20 points.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
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