Marshall 80, FIU 68

Jan. 30, 2014

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Tom Herrion, Marshall coach
Opening statement
“(It was) a very good win for our club – make no mistake about it. It was very critical for us to protect our home court. In the second half the zone was really good to us and a lot of guys stepped up tonight. We made winning plays on both ends of the court. You know, the losses kill you more than the wins.”

On how the win felt
“We’ve been outstanding in practice this week. We are really getting better as a team and I’m really happy for my players. We have a big game Saturday at noon, so our team is going to enjoy this win and prepare for the next game.”

On the confidence of the team
“You have to go through experience to gain experience. Winning becomes a habit. Our locker room feels a lot better when you win.”

Ryan Taylor, redshirt freshman forward
On getting the first home win in awhile
“It felt good winning on our own floor with our own crowd. It was a relief after the tough rough trip, and we want to take this into Saturday (against Florida Atlantic).”

On the young inexperienced guys stepping up
“We are not inexperienced anymore. We are not freshman anymore and Chris [Thomas] isn’t a sophomore anymore. Listening to the people who have been here has helped us, because we learn day in and day out. We are finally starting to gel and click and we have experience now.”

Kareem Canty, redshirt freshman guard
On what the team did differently tonight
“We rebounded, we hit our free throws – the scorers stepped up. Chris [Thomas] played his game and Tamron [Manning] got his shots down early. I didn’t turn over the ball as much and everyone just did what we needed to do as a team. This is a fresh start.”

Chris Thomas, sophomore guard
On the standing ovation the team received in the second half
“It felt very good, especially to have that home court advantage. It has been a rough season and we hope to get our fans back. There is a lot more basketball left to play and we want them to come support us.”

On how winning will change the team morale and attitude
“Losing has really hit us, and it makes us come onto the court and just go all out to win. It makes us tighter when we win, and we feel more like a family when we win.”

Tamron Manning, sophomore guard
On his ability to hit clutch threes
“I didn’t even look at the shot clock until someone yelled ‘Shoot.’ And then I looked up and saw two seconds on it, so I just let it fly and luckily I hit it.”