The Tigers had 63 shots to Marshall's 48 but only hit 21. They only got to the free-throw line 10 times, making six, and bricked all seven of their 3-point attempts.
Rashad Hassan led the Tigers with 11 points and eight rebounds, but he and Preston Blackman combined to go just 9 of 30 from the floor.
"I've got two fifth-year seniors that played like freshmen," said coach Horace Broadnax, referring to Hassan and Blackman.
Marshall's next game is no small matter - it's at Kentucky's Rupp Arena, at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Herrion kept his jacket on the full 40 minutes, which almost never happens. Usually, it's gone before the first media timeout and fans even take guesses on time of discarding.
But Herrion had a purpose Wednesday night. As a New England native and a father of a first-grader, the shootings in Newtown, Conn., hit him hard. His jacket was green, the official color of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
"It's on [Interstate] 84," Herrion said after a long pause to gather himself. "And I'd say, easily, 200-300 times I've driven through that town, that area, recruiting when I was a young coach in New England. With a 6-year-old son who will turn 7 right after Christmas, who's in the first grade . . ."
He paused again.
"Let's think about it this way: Those kids, boys and girls, were the same age as the kids that come to my camp. So it was my way of paying tribute, green is their color of their school. It's just a small way for me to pay homage to senseless, ridiculous, despicable slaughtering of all the people last Friday."
BRIEFLY: Kelvin Amayo will join the team today upon posting of his grades, which may or may not come in time for the Herd's practice. . . . Marshall's bench scored 15 points, and all four reserves played at least 11 minutes. Tamron Manning made his first career start at point guard, but Chris Martin played 25 minutes. . . . Marshall had 15 assists in its 20 baskets, from seven different people.
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