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Marshall Postgame Quotes

Nov. 8, 2013

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Tom Herrion, Marshall Head Coach
Opening statement
“It was great getting started tonight as we had the good, bad, and ugly all in one tonight. I am happy with the young group we have and they got their first experiences tonight. We did an excellent job stretching the lead to 32 at one point, although we did a poor job of finishing. In the first half we struggled at playing too fast and taking too many early threes and we shot on one touch to many times. I felt like our press really wore them down in the second half which was great for us. I feel like we really imposed our will tonight and I was so pleased with that. It was amazing every time I looked on the floor we had three to four new guys playing their first collegiate game. I always say you have to go through experiences to gain experience, this was a great first step for us tonight. We are thrilled with the win tonight although we have a long way to go, I am just thrilled to be 1-0 right now.

On having a start similar to the exhibition game
“We got off to a bit of a slow start, but in order to press you have to score and our offense wasn’t clicking early as we were too quick and a little hesitant. We knew they would play zone, but we just took shots too early in the shot clock and took way too many threes, eventually we settled down and got the shots we wanted. I was a little disappointed with us taking our foot of the gas at the end and that didn’t finish real well.”

On freshman point guard Kareem Canty’s play and his effect on the team
“He played great for us tonight, and did a much better job of taking care of the ball after his in the last game. I told him he needs to be better and he was because he didn’t always go for the homerun play. As a team we didn’t always try and make the flashy homerun but, we hit on a lot of singles and doubles which led to us playing with more flow and rhythm.  Ryan Taylor played great for us tonight as well and poor Sean Smith had everything go wrong for him tonight with early foul trouble, but that’s what I’m so excited about in this team, any night anyone can step up. We are far from being a finished project and we have a hunger for being good and we will get there.”



Ryan Taylor, Freshman Forward
On the slow start in the first half
“First game jitters, because this a real game. It goes in the win and loss column. Yeah we wanted to win the exhibition, but this is a real game and it was everybody finally playing for a real game. We wanted to win. I think that had a lot to do with it, and once everybody got going, we got going defensively and offensively.”

Kareem Canty, Redshirt Freshman Guard
On his number of turnovers being dramatically lower from the exhibition
“I made simple plays instead of always making the highlight plays. It’s something I’ve been working on at practice. I just keep that in the back of my mind- ‘stop turning the ball over so much’, because good point guards don’t do that.”

Elijah Pittman, Senior Forward
On being the “Go-To” Guy and a leader
“My teammates kept helping me. They gave me the ball. They knew I was hot, but it’s all a team thing.”

On the new officiating limitations
“We need to slide our feet more and keep our hands off people. We need to listen to each other and have each other’s back on defense. I like the new defense a lot, we just have to make them go back door. Coach has us going into the passing lanes more, we get more steals and more fast break opportunities. It’s way better. We’re scrambling, we’re uptight, we’re everywhere.”