Fulton protects home court against Owls

Monday, December 15, 2008
Even with junior Lucas Hart draining a pair of three-pointers, the Owls couldn't win their first road game of the season. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

FULTON -- The Marshall boys' basketball team, after some initial struggles, has found ways to defend its home court.

Now the Owls have to figure out how to win on the road, never an easy proposition in the far-flung NCMC.

They weren't able to do it Friday at Fulton, dropping a 49-36 decision.

Marshall fell behind early, and the Hornets expanded the margin during the second half.

Junior Wilson Christensen got Fulton off to a good start with three buckets during the first quarter for a 12-7 lead. However, as the game progressed, junior Verdis Lee found his stroke.

Lee hit two shots during the second period and three more in each of the final two frames to finish with a game-high 19 points -- out-scoring the Owls' entire back-court. Christensen, a 6-foot-4 forward, wound up with 16 points for the Hornets (2-3, 1-1 NCMC).

Marshall was topped by juniors Nathan Cato with 13 points and Lucas Hart with 10, including a pair of three-pointers.

Senior Chris McCoy and junior Matt Buford also connected from the perimeter, but the Owls (2-4, 1-1) had more difficulty inside the arc -- where they only made nine of 34 attempts.

Marshall will return to the road Tuesday for a league tilt at Boonville.

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