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Marshall Men's Basketball Postgame Quotes

Dec. 17, 2013

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Tom Herrion, head coach
Opening Statement
“I am really pleased with this outcome. The most important thing is how mature this group has shown to be. I challenged them on the bus ride back, Saturday [after a 74-64 loss to West Virginia], that we would find out a lot about this group, regardless of the opponent, by how we approached this game. They showed me they’ve got some moxie. They were really ready to play and we were very unselfish. Our ball movement was excellent and we simply put the ball in the basket tonight. We had a lot of guys step up for us and it was nice to watch those kids have their moment.”

On center Cheikh Sane’s injury
“We are not exactly sure to be honest. I do not think it is short term, but I do not think it will be extended. He is doubtful for Saturday, which is a shame because he is playing very well. We just have to take it day by day.”

On the shining performance of reserve Austin Loop tonight
“He has a skill. That’s not a fluke, what you saw. We see that every day. He is a great kid and he had a moment tonight, which is great to see because he works very hard and his teammates are so happy for him. He’s definitely got a chance to be in the rotation because he’s got a quality that we need.”

On the team working to get everyone an opportunity to score
“It is so healthy. Those kids that you call ‘non-scholarship’ players, get ‘no love’ for lack of a better word. It is so refreshing to watch these kids be at team. [Austin] Loop came in, and [Kareem] Canty immediately called a play that is designed for his [Loop’s] position. You see Kevin [McNair] getting to go to a foul line. Yes, we are 5-6 and nowhere where we want to be, but boy does this team has potential when you see things like that.”



Kareem Canty, redshirt freshman guard
On how it feels to break a losing streak
“It feels good. It feels great to get the win, no matter who we play. We’re supposed to win our games on the road, but that’s over-with. This win feels good and now we have to focus on Saturday.”

On differences from the first half to the second half
“I came in at shoot-around today and told them I wanted to break the school record for assists. We got our rebounds and started running the court. When we rebound and run the court we can beat any team in the country, no matter who we play.”

On playing with a limited and smaller roster
“We play faster and with more toughness. We can’t just depend on our bigs. We all have to step up.”

Ryan Taylor, redshirt freshman forward
On differences from the first half to the second half
“I think we all were clicking. We were on the same page. Like coach [Herrion] said, we beat ourselves against West Virginia. Every player on this team truly believes that. Nobody has probably went through a Big Ten, ACC and a Big 12 school at a neutral court. We were all focused tonight and we wanted to get a win back tonight. Whoever was in our way was just going to pay.”

On having to play bigger with loss of players
“Everyone on the team is interchangeable, except for a few pieces. If one goes down then another one has to step up and that’s just how we see it. In practice Austin Loop might not get a lot of reps, but now it’s becoming a bigger role in practice and have it roll over to the game. Everyone on the team, including me, thinks that Loop can play with anybody. When one goes down, another has to step up.”

Austin Loop, redshirt freshman guard
On being able to contribute
“It felt good. I don’t get to play as much as maybe I would like to, but whatever the team needs I’m here to benefit them.”

Shawn Smith, junior forward
On having to play bigger with loss of players
“I just go off of what Ryan Taylor tells me. I watch what he does when he’s in there and when I go out on the floor I just try to go in to them. I really just go off of what Taylor tells me to do.”