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Postgame Quotes

Feb. 16, 2013

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Marshall Head Coach Tom Herrion:

Opening Statement:

“This was clearly a game of two halves for us. The second was a game of ‘haves’ and the first half was ‘have-nots’ in terms of our defense, and our scoring drought. We came out of the gate and made a few shots. It was a little bit of fool’s gold, but we didn’t get enough stops and went through a major drought. It was very inefficient in that stretch. We regrouped at halftime and played like we needed to play. We were down 17 against a top 25 team in the country. You have to play perfect, which we did for a while. We cut it to five (points), but I think we missed a free-throw, cut it to four then they hit a big three. The numbers speak for themselves. We gave up 43 in the first half and gave up 28 in the second. You can’t have 20 turnovers at home. The kids played hard.”

On Memphis’ Adonis Thomas:

“He made a lot of money tonight. He’s a pro. He’s the best guy on the floor. He has hurt us both games.”

On the energy levels in the second half:

“We had great energy in the beginning of the game. We just didn’t get enough stops in the first half. The second half, we came out and guarded. We were physical. We threw our bodies around. We got the ball inside early. When the ball goes in, it energizes the defense. When you put the ball in the basket, you become a better defensive team. We’re no different than any other team in America. We were down 17 against an excellent Memphis club. We played pretty perfect. They didn’t score through the first media timeout. We were playing pretty well defensively, and then we started making some shots. It was too big of a difference to make up against a great team, and we hurt ourselves with some breakdowns.”