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Burks layup gives Marshall 74-72 win over North Texas

DENTON, Texas (AP) — C.J. Burks sank a layup with a second to go for the win as Marshall edged North Texas 74-72 on Saturday afternoon.
Marshall trailed 72-68 late when Burks sank a jumper and Ajdin Penava followed with a layup to tie it 72-72 with 35 seconds left. North Texas’ Ryan Woolridge missed a jumper with five seconds to go and Marshall’s Rondale Watson grabbed the rebound. Following timeouts by both teams, Burks took the inbound coast-to-coast, driving inside to score the layup with a second remaining, giving Marshall the win.
Burks finished with 26 points on 11 of 13 shooting for the Thundering Herd (19-8, 10-4 Conference USA). Jon Elmore added 16 points and eight rebounds and Penava had 15 points.
Marshall trailed 38-33 at halftime and the teams battled throughout the second half until a 12-4 North Texas run late gave the Mean Green (14-13, 7-7) a 72-68 edge with 2:13 to play.
Woolridge scored 25 points to lead North Texas.

Marshall box
MARSHALL 74, NORTH TEXAS 72
MARSHALL (19-8)
Penava 6-14 2-2 15, Mijovic 1-2 0-2 2, West 1-6 0-0 3, J.Elmore 5-9 5-8 16, Burks 11-13 2-2 26, George 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 1-1 0-0 3, Watson 3-7 2-4 9. Totals 28-52 11-18 74.
NORTH TEXAS (14-13)
Z.Simmons 5-12 0-1 10, Lawson 1-5 0-0 2, Holston 1-3 0-0 2, Woolridge 10-15 5-8 25, Smart 8-15 0-0 20, Arikawe 0-1 1-2 1, Miller 2-3 0-0 4, Draper 0-1 0-0 0, Duffy 3-6 0-0 8. Totals 30-61 6-11 72.
Halftime—North Texas 38-33. 3-Point Goals—Marshall 7-21 (Burks 2-3, Williams 1-1, Penava 1-4, Watson 1-4, J.Elmore 1-4, West 1-5), North Texas 6-15 (Smart 4-9, Duffy 2-3, Miller 0-1, Holston 0-1, Draper 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Marshall 22 (J.Elmore 8), North Texas 31 (Woolridge 6). Assists—Marshall 15 (West 6), North Texas 11 (Woolridge 5). Total Fouls—Marshall 14, North Texas 18. A—4,115 (10,500).