The start was shaky for the Herd, as Concord tied the game at 13 on a Grant Dickerson layup nine minutes into the first half. Taylor broke that tie with three straight baskets, and the lead stretched to 27-17 on a Kareem Canty dunk.
The Mountain Lions trailed by single digits for the last time at 35-26, after a Cam Shannon 3-pointer. From there, the Herd went on a 9-0 run in the final 2:36, and started the second half with a 16-6 burst. The largest lead was 94-54 in the final minute, and Concord closed the game with two 3-pointers.
The Herd shot 54.1 percent from the floor, outrebounded Concord 51-28, forced 12 steals and reeled off 18 fast-break points. Concord shot 36.5 percent and a dismal 7 of 17 from the line.
Marshall didn't fare much better on free throws, recovering from a 2-of-7 start to finish 22 of 38 (57.9 percent). Nine first-half turnovers were too many, and the eight turnovers by Canty was way too many. (That was fueled by five misfired alley-oop passes, most aimed for Pittman.)
"A couple of [the turnovers] were good passes that we kind of dropped," Herrion said. "It's not panic mode, but clearly he knows . . . No guard can be three [assists] and eight on the stat line. He'll correct that, he's been good with the ball all preseason."
Ali Barnes led Concord with 15 points, followed by Grant Dickinson's 13.
BRIEFLY: Goard, a George Washington High graduate, had 10 rebounds as well, and Manning had nine points and a game-high four assists . . . The starting five, which Herrion simply called "the first five that went out," were Canty, Sane, Boykins, Pittman and Taylor. . . . JP Kambola also sat out the game out. . . . The announced attendance (the term is "tickets out") was 3,923.
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