HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Tirrell Baines scored a career-high 26 points as Marshall dominated Tulsa early for a 79-61 victory Wednesday night.
The Thundering Herd (19-9, 7-6 Conference USA), which won its fourth straight game, jumped out to a 20-3 lead and led 42-28 at halftime.
After pushing the margin to 22 with 18:04 to play, Marshall hit a dry spell that allowed the Golden Hurricane (15-12, 8-5) to cut the deficit to 16 with 12:15 to play.
Tulsa could get no closer and the Thundering Herd took its biggest lead, 24 points, at 77-53 with 3:56 left.
Baines was 9 for 12 from the field and 8 for 12 from the free-throw line while Damier Pitts added 19 points and a season-high eight assists.
The Golden Hurricane came into the game with a plus-6.2 rebounding margin, second in the league, but was outrebounded 42-26.
Jordan Clarkson led Tulsa with 16 points and Justin Hurtt had 15.
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