Men's Basketball

Postgame Quotes

Feb. 11, 2012

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Marshall Head Coach Tom Herrion

Opening Statement

First, I want to once again offer our sincere sympathy and condolences to DeAndre and his family. His dad was buried earlier today, and it's a tough day for that young man and his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Obviously a really good win for our club. We played really well offensively tonight, as they did. The teams shot the ball really, really well. I don't know if it's all good offense or some bad defense, or a combination of both, but offensively we were really good. We moved the ball. Nineteen assists on 27 field goals is a huge number. Five turnovers. Fourteen of 18 from the line. So I thought we were really good offensively. I'm proud of this group. I was a little concerned how much we had left in the tank to be honest with you. We had been in a grind, a stretch unlike a lot of places, I'll be honest. The cumulative effect of travel and six of our first 10 on the road in the conference. We dealt with some emotional things in terms of DeAndre's situation this week. I was a little worried. We had a great crowd. I thought our kids really battled. I thought our defense got better in the second half, much better. We got into transition, opened up the floor. We got some guys to step up for us and make some big plays. Damier played really, really, well. I thought Goff was outstanding, and then Chris came in and gave us a great jolt, a great spark. He got the opportunity, and as I've said before, when opportunity comes, some guys knock on the door and some guys come crashing through the door. I thought Chris crashed through the door tonight and was a big part of it.

On the Herd's shooting:

It's nice isn't it? I've had it the other way way too many nights. I believe in our kids. I've said a lot, I'm not trying to be simple. Take good shots; take open shots. I thought we moved the ball tonight. We played inside out. I thought Goff gave us a presence in the post. We spaced the floor and opened it up. Martin hit a couple of big threes in the first half - down one or two - he put us in the lead at one point, I know that. But our ball movement was really good. Guys shoot the ball with confidence. We want them to play with confidence.

On defense inside:

I thought we did a good job on Morrow. I thought Goff set the tone early. He was really active guarding him. We really didn't let him go in as easy; we pressured the ball a bit more on the perimeter. We guard the three better than anybody in the league, and they made four early and we fouled a jump-shooter so five made threes early. But you have to pick your poison with them. You've got to pick your poison. You've got to give up something. He's the best post scorer in the league so you've got to give him a little bit more attention. It opened up and they made some threes; it hurt us early in the game. I thought we settled in a little better in the second half; we made a couple of adjustments. The staff did a really good job.

On not having a game during the middle of next week:

For us right now, it's huge. I had said early, I was really concerned physically and emotionally how much we had in the tank going into today. We've been in as big a grind as anybody maybe in the country, and it's not an excuse; it's a fact. We play six out of 10 on the road. No one in the league played six of their first 10 on the road. We've had some issues with travel. And you know we've gone through some adversity. We need to exhale right now. As well as we played tonight, we'll take a couple of days - the next two days - off from practice for sure and get back at it. Thankfully with the bye, we don't play until at SMU next Saturday. So we'll take the next two days off and recharge our batteries, kind of regroup a little bit - we need to right now.

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