"I think there was relief," Herrion said. "These kids have been banging the drum. It took us a long time, too long, as I told the kids. I give them a lot of credit - they haven't wilted, they haven't buckled, and they reaped the benefits [Wednesday] night. I'm thrilled.
"Now we've got to build on it. That game is not going to define our season; we've got so much left ahead of us."
Such as Saturday night's home game against Alabama-Birmingham. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. at Cam Henderson Center and it can't come late enough for Herrion, who made the mistake of watching the video of UAB loss while still in Orlando. He said he couldn't sleep Wednesday night.
"We were so bad. I can't believe how bad we were," he said. "We can play worse than we did against UAB, but we can't play much worse."
Herrion said his decision to start Robert Goff over Dennis Tinnon was nothing more than a good ol' coach's decision.
As it turns out, Tinnon played 29 minutes to Goff's 22, with big man Nigel Spikes limited to 25 by foul trouble. Goff and Spikes combined for eight points and nine rebounds.
Herrion remains confident with Goff.
"He's not in a position where his numbers are going to jump at you," Herrion said. "He plays with that high energy, really active, he's a difference-maker. He got his hands on a lot of balls early in the game, causes some problems defensively, he's a little better interior defender."
Tinnon didn't exactly come out on the short end, scoring 14 points and yanking down 15 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season.
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