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@HerdMBB Postgame Quotes

Nov. 23, 2013

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Tom Herrion, Marshall coach
Opening statement
“What a terrific bounce back victory. This group continues to show a lot of things that continue to excite me with their makeup and personality. We had a tough week with two disheartening losses but to bounce back with great energy and focus today and our unselfishness on offense was tremendous. Our transition defense was really poor in the second half, but we’re starting to learn well and transition into getting ready for conference play. I love my team so much and there’s so much that we can become. We’ve got a tremendous team coming in, Tuesday night, so we need to get ready for that.”

On facing Western Kentucky, Tuesday
“Our focus is to get ready for a very good Western Kentucky team – back to back NCAA tournaments and predicted to win the Sun Belt this year. They’re coming into our league next year, and this is going to be as good of a non-conference game as we’ve had in this building in a long time. Our crowd was solid today for a noon game, but we need a big crowd, Tuesday night. We need to make it really loud, because they are really good.”

On the idea of the team being tired down the stretch
“We’re tired of losing. We’ve played really well for 39 minutes. It’s been the last two minutes of the last two games. We haven’t finished in the last two situations, and we’ve got to get better. But they believe, I believe, and we believe in our plan and we’ll get better.”

Elijah Pittman, senior forward
On mindset of getting the game over with early
“Our mindset was that it’s a forty-minute game and we have to finish through the second half, no matter what we do in the first half.”

On doing a better job in the second half
“I feel like we played a better second half than the last two games, but we still have more to improve on.”

Ryan Taylor, redshirt sophomore forward
On the game’s multiple dunks
“The dunks get the crowd into it. I think for a weekend game at noon we had a pretty good home crowd. And once the crowd gets into it I think it rattles our opponent, so that’s what we try to do.”

Kareem Canty, redshirt freshman guard
On assists and creating open shots for other players
“I always tell him [Pittman] to shoot and stay aggressive. I always try to find Ryan [Taylor] early when I attack the rim because I know someone is going to double down so I’m able to find him. As long as they stay hot I’ll keep kicking it to them. That’s what I like to do.”