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Smith, Taylor's double-double help power Marshall past Savannah State 66-47

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HUNTINGTON, West Virginia — Ryan Taylor scored 13 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots, helping Marshall easily defeat Savannah State 66-47 on Sunday.

Shawn Smith scored 19 to lead the Thundering Herd (2-0) in points. Taylor also led with six assists.

Khaleen Pinkett and Javaris Jenkins each scored 12 for Savannah State (0-2). Jenkins scored on his first shot, putting the Tigers up 2-0, but then Smith nailed a 3-pointer and Taylor added a layup as Marshall surged ahead and didn't look back.

The Herd led by 11 at halftime, and Taylor and Smith rattled off a quick six points when play resumed, prompting Savannah State to call a timeout less than 2 minutes into the half. The Tigers came out of the huddle with a Jenkins 3-pointer, making the score 39-25.

But Marshall continued to score in bunches, from Smith dunks to Taylor 3-pointers, and the lead remained in double digits.

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