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Marshall Welcomes FAU While Looking For a 2-0 Start in CUSA

Hot off its beatdown of WKU to open conference play, Marshall looks to ground the Owls and grab win No. 2 in CUSA.

Stevie Browning (2) drives to the basket in Marshall's win over WKU.
Stevie Browning (2) drives to the basket in Marshall's win over WKU.
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Marshall (5-9, 1-0) vs FAU (2-12, 0-1)

Series: Tied 2-2

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Marshall welcomes Florida Atlantic to the Cam Henderson Center tonight searching for its first 2-0 start in Conference USA since wins over UTEP and Rice to begin conference play for the 2011-12 season.

The Herd has won its last seven CUSA matchups dating back to last season and hasn't lost at home in conference since falling 82-68 to UTSA on Jan. 22, 2015.

Marshall rolled Western Kentucky 94-76 Sunday at home behind double-figure scoring by all five starters, including James Kelly's CUSA leading sixth double-double and 21 Hilltoppers' turnovers leading to 39 Herd points. Kelly finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Stevie Browning turned in 14 points, Jon Elmore had 13, all coming in the second half while dishing out a career-high eight assists, Ryan Taylor netted 12 and Austin Loop had 11.

WKU outshot Marshall from the field, but finished a dismal 10.5 percent (2-19) from the beyond the arc, missing all six attempts in the second half. Marshall ended with 25 assists on 37 made baskets in the win and assisted on all but two of its 21 first-half buckets.

FAU enters on a seven-game skid while playing much of the first part of its season on the road. The Owls have played in Boca Raton only three times this season and are 1-7 on the road. Adonis Filer and Ronald Delph lead FAU, averaging 9.4 points and 5.0 rebounds respectively. Filer took over the top spot after former leading scoring C.J. Turman was dismissed from the team after FAU's loss at Florida State. Owls' head coach made the decision saying Turman had not lived up to the standards required for the program.

Tonight's meeting marks the fifth time the programs have battled, with the series knotted at two wins each. Neither team has won a game in the series on the road. Marshall defeated FAU 79-61 Feb. 28, 2015 in Huntington. Justin Edmond turned in a career-high 27 points and Taylor added a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Herd shot nearly 60 percent from the field while holding the Owls to 43 percent. Marquan Botley finished with 19 points and Solomon Poole added 10 in the loss.

Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.