UAB 68, Marshall 62


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Feb. 20, 2014

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Tom Herrion, Marshall coach
Opening statement
“It’s pretty simple. We were pummeled on the glass. We don’t finish around the basket and we leave too many points on the foul line. We played really, really hard and we’re supposed to. You have to finish around the basket and we don’t finish. Our execution was very good, but I felt we settled for too many jump shots. We did a nice job at adjusting in the second half. Our defense was more than good enough to win the game. Absolutely more than good enough to win the game, but blocking out and limiting second and third chance points is part of defense. Obviously, it is discouraging. Those who were there (at practice) on Monday know that the ingredient to beating UAB was rebounding the basketball. We did not execute that. We did not transfer that. Hitting our guys over the head day in and day out didn’t transfer into getting the job done from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday night. Plain and simple.”

On a discouraging result following Marshall’s good effort
“Effort was not the problem tonight. The result was the problem. It stinks. It skinks for our fans, our players, our coaches. It just stinks for everybody on campus. Give UAB credit because they’re not a bad team. We knew that coming in, but we didn’t get the job done. We played really hard tonight.”

Ryan Taylor, redshirt freshman forward
On settling for outside shots
“I think they were open looks, I feel my teammates and I had open looks, our shots just weren’t falling. It’s kind of tough trying to pull away when you’re trading twos for twos, maybe even threes for threes but it boiled down to our shots not falling.”

On frustrating losses at home
“It’s a tough loss, I really think it’s tougher than the two road losses we just had. In those games we had momentum playing against one of the top teams in the conference, Southern Miss and against Tulane we lost on a last second shot, but I felt that we had built up energy and I thought we were ready to come in here and have a good game tonight in front of our home crowd but it was disappointing. We got out rebounded and didn’t make our free throws. If we would have made our free throws and cut the rebound margin from ten to maybe five or six we would of came out with a win. It was a disappointing loss but now we just got to flip the script and get ready for Saturday.”


 

 

Chris Thomas, sophomore guard
On having early success attacking the basket
“I just got in the open floor and looked for open spots and I saw them backing up instead of trying to stop me so I just tried to keep attacking and get easy layups and it worked.”