Jan. 9, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -
Marshall Head Coach Tom Herrion
I'm awfully proud of my kids. I'm awfully proud to be the coach at Marshall. With our great fan base, what a great turnout tonight from our loyal fan base. I'm proud to be our coach. We're excited about the fact that we started conference play 1-0, and I thought we played really well for the majority of the game. It's a testament to our kids' character and my staff. They have all done a great job turning the page quickly. Obviously our ball movement, our shot selection which led to shot-making, and I thought our defense in the first 20 minutes was suffocating at times, and we dominated the glass. Excellent start. 1-of-16. Fortunate to be 1-0. We beat a good Tulsa club, and now obviously we turn the page to El Paso for Saturday night.
On the Herd's shot selection:
At times we've had some problems with it, but tonight there's no coincidence in my opinion with DeAndre getting his legs back again, and he's got the ability to get guys the ball in the right spot at the right time. When you're a shooter or a scorer, you've got to get the ball in rhythm, and we want our shooters to shoot open shots. We have good enough shooters. We've got to transition, and it started with our defense and our rebounding. We were able to open the floor up. I thought we really hurt them in transition early whether it was attacking the rim or spotting up and making some shots which led to better defense. Our defense the first 20 minutes was pretty airtight in my opinion against Tulsa.
On the Herd's size advantage:
I thought physically we overpowered them in the lane and around the basket. I think we had a lot of mismatches. In the first 20 minutes, I thought Tinnon played as well as he's played here without scoring a point in two years he's been here. He had nine rebounds at the half. His defense was the best defense he's played since he's been here. We had him on Haralson a lot. We were in a lot of switch situations. I thought Dennis Tinnon impacted the game more than anybody without scoring a point, and I told him that. We had a lot of guys make some shots.
On the defense on Haralson and Swilling:
We knew coming in and we had a great game plan we thought was good. I felt good about it Sunday night watching the game against SMU. When I was able to shut my eyes for a little while Sunday night, I felt like we knew - we weren't going to shut them down like that, but I felt like we had a good plan coming in Monday morning with our guys in terms of how we wanted to execute defensively. We did a really good job for the most part. I don't think we closed well but we had a bunch of young kids on the floor late, you know, trying to play with a 20, 20-plus lead, you're trying to use clock but be aggressive, and we played sloppy down the stretch. The defense was outstanding for the majority part of the game.
On the momentum of the game and seeing it turn fun:
We played without any agendas tonight. We played so cohesive. On the bench, every guy contributed, and it was really good. I've got great faith in my kids. They've shown great character. I've said this before, you know, I said it earlier, I'm proud to be their coach, and I'm proud to be the coach at Marshall. We had a great fan base tonight. Nothing bothers me more knowing that I've let this fan base down. That pains me. As frustrated as everyone can be with our team and with me as the coach because I am the leader of this group, that pains me. That's what drives me every day to get this team better and hopefully right the ship. Tonight was a small step in the right direction. We've got a long way to go clearly, but it was a good step. 1-0 in the conference. You are either 1-0 or 0-1. We handled our business today, and I'm proud of our group. Now we have got to do it again in another unique environment and in another unique opportunity in El Paso on Saturday night.
On the difference in three-point shooting:
They played a ton of zone. But we made shots early - not against the zone - we made them in transition. We had guys spotting up, the ball was moving, we had bigs running the lane where they suck guys in in transition. We shot open shots. Thirty-two is a big number for us probably in the end of the day. Probably too many. Kane getting his hand back, he only shoots 4-for-6. Scarver and Chris had some good looks too. Still want him to keep teeing it up. When we are open, we want to shoot open shots. That's just playing a little bit looser, more aggressive, not thinking too much. And then we just pounded the glass. I thought Goff gave us great energy. Our missed free throw, stick-back dunk energized the crowd. We had a couple of those situations. We got a lot of contributions from a lot of guys.
Tulsa Head Coach Danny Manning
Tonight was a game that Marshall came out and dictated the flow and tempo of the game. They made shots, they rebounded the ball, and we got behind early and couldn't close the gap. Their coach does a good job of getting them to play hard, play unselfish and play together. At the beginning they were clicking on quite a few cylinders.
On the size differential due to injuries:
"Everybody goes through injuries. That's a part of the game. We tell our guys regardless of who we put out on the court, our expectations do not change. Tonight, we didn't get the job done. That's the bottom line. We have to continue to work, but we didn't do the things necessary to give ourselves a chance to win tonight."
On the three-point shooting differential:
It's huge. We had our opportunities to make some three's, we just didn't knock any shots down. We have to do a better job at defending the three point line. It's ebb and flow. We're 3-for-14 so we shouldn't have been shooting too many of them. We tried to shot fake or catch and drive and get into the paint where we have a bit more success in terms of forcing help, and getting guys some better shots on the back side of the possession."