Kareem Canty, the point guard sidelined by the NCAA just before last season, led with 18.8 points on 54.7 percent shooting, plus 28 assists. Ryan Taylor could have averaged a double-double and then some, but he rolled his ankle in the third game and was limited. As it was, he averaged 12.0 points and a team-high 8.2 rebounds.
Elijah Pittman averaged 16.4 points and 7.4 rebounds. George Washington graduate and Ohio transfer TyQuane Goard averaged 10.4 points and 7.0 rebounds, and Shawn Smith had a team-high 12 steals.
"I thought he was really good," Herrion said of Goard. "He was shaking off the rust; he hasn't played much at the collegiate level, even at Ohio. He gives us a guy who can play several different positions - he played a small [center] at times, which he really isn't. He rebounded at a high level."
Playing under international rules with a 24-second shot clock, the Herd was outscored overall in the third quarter before bouncing back. It shot 50.9 from the floor and 36.3 percent in judicious 3-point shooting (only 80 attempts).
But the turnover count was too high for Herrion's liking (18.2) and the Herd clanked to the too-familiar tune of 53.5 percent at the foul line.
Much to work on, but much to build on.
"Every guy had really good moments up there, and that's what really excited me about this group," Herrion said.
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