Marshall coach Tom Herrion Postgame Quotes

Dec. 5, 2013

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Opening Statement:
“Terrific ball game, I give Vanderbilt credit.  I think they did a good job, we battled mightily but we don’t believe in moral victories in my program.  We didn’t get the job done, I’m disappointed in that.  But a lot of good things for our team to build on, you probably don’t know how young we are unless you have been around our program. We got to learn a way, we did a good job, and we did exactly what we wanted to on that last play. We drove it, put pressure on them, played through contact and then game over. Kevin’s (Stallings) got a nice team; they’ll get better and better.”

On the last play of the game:
“You know I can’t answer that but there was a lot of contact in my opinion, three pros in the game, three pro refs in the game. I thought there was enough contact on the play to make a call, they didn’t, that’s their judgment and we live by it. But we did exactly what we wanted to, we got the ball in Canty’s hands (#1 Kareem Canty) and put pressure on their defense I thought.”

On closing the gap in the 2nd half:
“We play so quick at times on offense, that’s what hurt us like when they stretched us.  Sometimes we get quick in our shot selection and impatient, we just kind of settled into the game and I thought our press was a little more effective down the stretch. We came up and extended the pressure a little more in the backcourt.  I thought we rattled them a little, 18 turnovers is a really good number for us on the road. I thought we were really active, causing a lot of deflections and steals in that stretch where we made a run at them and we just took good shots. We got to the foul line and Smith (#0 Shawn Smith) gave us a good jolt off of the bench.  Some good things in that stretch but not enough to get it done.”

On defending the guard position:
“Obviously, no one is more familiar with Eric (McClellan) than we are. Kevin and his staff, I don’t know this and I’m not trying to talk out of turn, I’m sure when they had a chance to get Eric on the balance as a transfer they watched our Tulsa game in Conference USA’s triple overtime game where he had 25. So any team in the country probably would have taken him based off of that game. So we are familiar with Eric, he’s talented.  He puts so much pressure on you with his drive.  The biggest thing for us with McClellan was to try and mix guys up; we couldn’t play Canty (#1 Kareem Canty) on him because I’m afraid of foul trouble a lot. Maybe a little more length and size to bother him (Eric McClellan), we had to keep him off of the foul line because his foul shots per positions for a guard are astronomical. So I thought we did a pretty good job in that regard with him. He’s (Eric McClellan) is a really good player, sitting out a year he has gotten better and once he starts making some perimeter shots he’ll even get better and better.”