North Texas 80, Marshall 65

Jan. 16, 2014

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Tom Herrion, Marshall coach
Opening Statement:      
“This was a very disappointing and painful loss to say the least. I’m disappointed in our lack of toughness. I didn’t think we played tough enough to win that bothers me more than anything. We talked about transition defense all four days this week, and it didn’t register because North Texas just ran right up our back all night. We didn’t finish at the basket. We left too many points out there. We had easy opportunity looks, and we did not convert. Shooting 31-percent from the field is just awful. Again, a disappointing loss to say the least.”

On the speed of North Texas catching the Herd off guard:
“We talked about transition defense all week – makes, misses or turnovers. It clearly did not register in the players’ minds or transfer onto the court to begin the game. That’s how they scored throughout the game.”

On needing others to step up and contribute:
“We didn’t have enough support. We had great nights from Kareem Canty and Ryan Taylor, but we don’t want to have to rely on those two going that crazy. We had other scoring opportunities and didn’t finish.”

On the quick turn around with next game on Saturday (1/18):
“As painful and hard as it is, we have to turn the page. We have to have a short term memory. Everyone that I’ve talked to that plays in the same schedule format, win or lose, has to have short term memory. We’re going to have to turn around quicker than normal with a noon tip-off on Saturday. We have a really good Tulsa team coming in here. We’ll be challenged again. We’ll have to continue to figure out more of our fabric. We have to figure out what we’re made of from a toughness standpoint. Tonight, I was obviously disappointed.”

Ryan Taylor, redshirt freshman forward
On North Texas’ quick play
“We watched film on them and the film was all about transitions- makes, misses, and turnovers. We knew they would be quick but we just weren’t able to get back in transition quick enough, and they were able to jail up our defense.”

On the improved play in the second half
“We’re playing at home, so we know our sweet spots. We just didn’t want to go down that easy, especially because we dug ourselves into a hole in the first half. We just put too much effort into coming back, instead of coming out like we should have came out – strong in the beginning.

On the pattern of slow first-half performances followed by rallying second halves
“It gets very frustrating. We know we’re a good team that can come out of the gates and just make everything and score and come out on top. After a while, just seeing us come out sluggish and slow and digging ourselves in holes is a continuous cycle we need to break. We just need to come out strong in the first five minutes. That can change everything.”

On continuing to have teams play in 2-3 zone
“We are very tired of it, but we know a lot of teams don’t have interchangeable pieces like us. We’re used to it, we just have to make our shots. If we make our shots and they can attack us in man, we will be ready.”