FRISCO, Texas (AP) Taevion Kinsey had 26 points as sixth-seeded Marshall beat No. 11 seed UTEP 86-78 in the first round of the Conference USA Conference Tournament on Wednesday night.
Marshall (17-15) will play third-seeded Louisiana Tech in a quarterfinal on Thursday.
Andrew Taylor had 15 points and six rebounds for the Thundering Herd. Mikel Beyers added 14 points. Jarrod West had 10 points.