Memphis 73, Marshall 72
Jan. 26, 2013
Marshall Head Coach Tom Herrion
Obviously I’m proud of our kids, tremendous fight today against a very good Memphis club in this environment; we just battled our brains out. We came in here with every expectation to win, and we’re disappointed with the loss, but I’m proud of my kids. They were resilient. They did a great job to just keep battling. We had possession down two, the play before we executed, and prior to that we missed a layup and a tip-in to tie it. Then we got it back and ran the same play with a little different action and I thought Elijah [Pittman]came off. I have to look at the film to see if there was contact or what not. We played really well, outrebounded them by six and only had 13 turnovers on the road. I’m very, very proud of my group. In a loss, which we don’t accept, I think we showed today about our character coming back.
On the rebounding effort
They’re one of the best rebounding teams in the conference. They were plus double digits in conference play on the glass. I thought we played nose-to-nose, punch-for-punch with one of the best teams in America today. Now our challenge is to do that night-in and night-out through our games left in the conference.
On battling back numerous times and D.D. Scarver’s second half
He was terrific. He had 30-some to 40-some people at the game from Birmingham, which is right down the road. I’m proud of him. Playing in front of his family is not an easy thing to do. I thought our tempo and offensive execution, we had a few slips in the first half which led to them building a lead where we had some bad turnovers, but after that we settled in and really took care of the basketball. We kind of got the ball where we wanted to get it. I thought we played with great effort and great heart, and we played better in certain areas, obviously to try and steal it. I’m pleased with our effort. We clearly showed a lot of character in the last 72 hours.
Memphis Head Coach Josh Pastner
That’s a dangerous team. That’s a good win for us. The guys stepped up in the end to get some stops and we got the W. The crowd was terrific during the last 2:30. You don’t take any win for granted and you enjoy each one.
On the play of the defense
Marshall was good but we didn’t do a good job on containment, which allowed them to get into the paint and forced us to have to help. That put us in a deficit in a rotation situation. They really hurt us on the weak-side rebounding.
On getting the team’s 10th-straight win
We’re playing well. We’ve gotten better since The Bahamas. We have to keep it going and not let there be any slippage. We can’t think that we’ve accomplished anything because there’s a lot of games left.