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Elmore scores career-high 44 points as Marshall wins

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Jon Elmore made almost half of Marshall’s field goals as he totaled a career-high 44 points to help the Thundering Herd get past UTEP 91-86 on Thursday night and halt a three-game skid.
Elmore was 14 of 23 from the floor to fall just short of dropping in half of Marshall’s 31 field goals.
He also drained 7 of 12 from beyond the arc and was 9 of 10 from the foul line. He had 18 points by halftime.
The Herd’s C.J. Burks totaled 18 points with five assists and Jannson Williams added 11 points with eight blocked shots.
Marshall (13-9, 6-3 Conference USA) had won five straight to open conference play before dropping three in a row.
The Herd trailed for most of the first half until Elmore scored in the paint to tie at 37-37 going into the break.
Marshall pushed its advantage to 58-46 at the 14:25 mark before UTEP rallied to take a 65-64 lead with 8:57 left on two Evan Gilyard free throws.
It was short-lived as Burks completed a 3-point play, Williams added two free throws and Elmore drained a 3 for a 72-65 lead with 7:54 left.
Nigel Hawkins and Efe Odigie had 22 points apiece for UTEP (7-13, 2-7). Odigie also pulled down 20 rebounds.

Marshall box
MARSHALL 91, UTEP 86
UTEP (7-13)
Odigie 10-13 2-2 22, P.Thomas 4-6 0-0 11, Hawkins 7-18 7-7 22, Lathon 5-16 4-4 15, Campbell 1-1 0-0 2, Ezeagu 2-3 0-0 4, Dekoninck 0-0 0-0 0, Gilyard 2-7 2-2 7, Magee 1-8 1-2 3. Totals 32-72 16-17 86.
MARSHALL (13-9)
J.Williams 2-6 5-6 11, West 1-6 0-0 3, Burks 8-16 2-3 18, Elmore 14-23 9-10 44, Kinsey 2-5 0-0 4, George 1-1 0-0 2, Beyers 0-0 0-0 0, Watson 3-10 2-2 9. Totals 31-67 18-21 91.
Halftime—37-37. 3-Point Goals—UTEP 6-22 (P.Thomas 3-4, Gilyard 1-4, Hawkins 1-4, Lathon 1-7, Magee 0-3), Marshall 11-29 (Elmore 7-12, J.Williams 2-5, Watson 1-2, West 1-4, Kinsey 0-2, Burks 0-4). Fouled Out—Lathon. Rebounds—UTEP 42 (Odigie 20), Marshall 27 (Elmore 7). Assists—UTEP 7 (Gilyard 2), Marshall 13 (Burks 5). Total Fouls—UTEP 16, Marshall 13. A—5,765 (9,048).