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Charlotte 74, Marshall 70

March 6, 2014

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Tom Herrion, Marshall coach
Opening Statement
“Our defense was not very good. To say the least. Our post defense and transition defense was very bad early in the game. Our zone defense was actually decent, but they scored early against us by just running us. They got us in transition and we had poor balance offensively. With that said, we just can’t keep shooting 39 percent from the floor offensively. We can’t keep doing that. That puts so much pressure on our defense to get every stop. It’s just really, really painful. When we have easy scoring opportunities, we leave them empty. Dunks, free throws, stick-backs and lay-ups. Our offense was just as big a factor in losing the game tonight than our defense was.”

On Charlotte’s Pierria Henry’s performance
“He was aggressive and in attack mode. We know he is a terrific player.”

On shooting four three-pointers in a row early in the shot clock
“It could have been a little early, but we were handcuffed. We had our most versatile scorer on the bench. It’s easy to say we shot them too early, but you have to shoot the basketball. Our truest scoring opportunity in mid-range and post-up was sitting next to me. Yes, we probably shot it too quick in the shot clock.”

On heading into the C-USA Tournament
“It’s obviously bittersweet tonight because it is our last game. We had a great crowd tonight. We have great fans. I really appreciate them. It’s disappointing that we let them down tonight in our building. We will wipe it clean and then figure out who we’re going to play. I have no clue. I have not looked at it once. We know we’re playing on Tuesday (Mar. 11). We’ll worry about winning the first game on Tuesday and our goal is to stay in El Paso, Texas for a long time next week. Our guys will be ready for it. It’s their first time in a conference tournament and getting our guys away for a bit will be good for us.”

Chris Thomas, sophomore guard
On the second-half let down
“They played harder than us, that’s it! We played hard but they played harder and got the win, that’s how they won.”

On defensive strategy on Pierria Henry in the first and second half
“We played him the same way, but in the second half he came out with a sense of urgency and made baskets when it mattered.”

On defensive breakdowns
“They rebounded the ball very well and on top of that, they were more physical and played harder. Things just didn’t go our way tonight.”

Kareem Canty, freshman guard
On the importance of maintaining a sense of urgency throughout the whole game
“It’s definitely important. Since we beat them the first time (Feb. 15) I think a lot of us thought we were going to beat them again. For some reason we always wait until the last seven minutes to play hard. I just know it’s something we better work on come tournament time, or we’ll be sent home quick.”

On what the team needs to work on for the tournament
“We’re as talented as any team in the conference we just have to believe and play like it. Marshall has done it before, I feel we can do the same thing if we just believe.”

On containing Mike Thorne Jr. in the post
“He was playing a lot of bully ball. He kind of frustrated Ryan (Taylor) too but other than that he just rebounded well and finished underneath.”