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Penava, Marshall top FIU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Adjin Penava had his 11th double-double of the season with 25 points and 12 rebounds and Jon Elmore added 22 points as Marshall beat Florida International 76-66 on Thursday night.
FIU led just once all game, as Brian Beard Jr. opened scoring with a layup. Penava then scored six points — starting with a 3-point play on a dunk — in the midst of a 9-0 run as the Thundering Herd (16-8, 7-4 Conference USA) took the lead for good. After Marshall pushed its lead to 11, the Panthers (11-14, 5-7) closed the half on a 12-4 run to pull within 33-30.
After the break, the Thundering Herd steadily built up a lead, peaking at a 14-point advantage on back-to-back dunks by Penava with three minutes left in the game.
Marshall controlled the glass and took advantage of poor shooting from FIU, outrebounding the Panthers 49-37 and holding them to 37-percent shooting.

Marshall box
MARSHALL 76, FIU 66
FIU (11-14)
Hussein 1-2 0-0 2, Harvey 0-0 0-0 0, Beard 5-19 0-3 11, Lockett 5-15 2-4 12, Jacob 5-12 4-5 16, Christiansen 0-0 0-0 0, Osaghae 0-2 1-2 1, Douglas 3-6 2-5 9, Stamps 6-11 3-7 15, Veira 0-1 0-0 0, Banks 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-68 12-26 66.
MARSHALL (16-8)
Mijovic 1-2 0-0 2, Penava 10-15 4-6 25, West 1-3 0-0 3, J.Elmore 7-17 2-2 22, Burks 6-12 3-3 16, Williams 1-5 0-0 2, George 0-0 1-2 1, Watson 2-4 0-1 5. Totals 28-58 10-14 76.
Halftime—Marshall 33-30. 3-Point Goals—FIU 4-16 (Jacob 2-5, Douglas 1-2, Beard 1-7, Stamps 0-2), Marshall 10-30 (J.Elmore 6-14, Watson 1-2, West 1-3, Penava 1-3, Burks 1-6, Williams 0-2). Fouled Out—West. Rebounds—FIU 31 (Jacob 8), Marshall 44 (Penava 12). Assists—FIU 9 (Lockett 4), Marshall 16 (J.Elmore 6). Total Fouls—FIU 15, Marshall 19. A—5,078 (9,048).