Kane played the day after his father passed away in the Herd's 67-60 loss at Central Florida. He put in 35 minutes, struggling to score nine points.
"I'm just so proud of the fact he wanted to be with his teammates, and be with us and participate," Herrion said. "You talk about a life-changing event for anybody, but for a 20-, 21-year old guy who's close to his dad ... I was proud of his willingness, proud of his effort."
With or without Kane, Marshall (14-10, 5-5) faces ECU twice in the next five games, returning tonight's bout Feb. 29 in Greenville, N.C. The Herd missed the Pirates' 0-6 league start, and catches them having won three of the last four. The loss came Wednesday against C-USA co-leader Memphis, 70-59.
This Pirates team has some of the key players from last year's C-USA tournament semifinalists, who knocked off regular-season champ UAB in the quarterfinals. That starts in the middle with Darrius Morrow, a 6-foot-8, 245-pound senior who averages 13.6 points and shoots 56 percent from the floor.
Morrow troubled Marshall last season, scoring 33 points in an 82-81 upset of the Herd at the Henderson Center. That remains his career high.
Outside, Missouri transfer Miguel Paul runs the offense as a high-scoring, high-assist point guard. He leads the team with 16 points per game, but leads the league with 129 assists, 5.6 per outing.
He is third in C-USA in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.3), fifth in scoring, fourth in 3-pointers made (54) and seventh in 3-point percentage (.372). He is part of an offense that tries about 22 3-pointers a game.
"They shoot 3s a lot, and shoot pretty well from 3," Herrion said. "They space the floor, so you've got to kind of pick your poison. With Morrow in the post, he is one of, if not the best back-to-the-basket scorers in the conference. They shoot 3s to give him enough space to operate."
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