CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- APPARENTLY, WE had one of these "tweet from the hip" moments, and it might not bode well for the Marshall basketball program.
It came after yet another Thundering Herd road loss, 66-56 at Texas-El Paso. It increased "The Streak," that of Marshall stumbling in venues other than Cam Henderson Center, to a dirty dozen.
The El Paso Times game report noted that Marshall made life uncomfortable for the Miners in the homestretch, cutting their lead to 60-55 with 1:05 left. Big whoppin' deal - the Herd fell behind by 18 (what else is new?) and couldn't come back far enough to have possession with an opportunity to tie or take the lead.
Which, in my demented world, doesn't remove the "butt-kicking" tag. Or the "more of same" tag.
(Who said the Herd's 2013 football team couldn't play on the road? I counted four wins away from home. For the basketball program, four such wins ago stretches back to the semifinals of the 2012 Conference USA tournament.)
Anyway, Kareem Canty didn't have a good Saturday night. He was throttled by the Miners, scoring just seven points on 2 of 14 shooting. His six 3-pointers clanked away, he hit half his six free throws and picked up a smooth technical foul along the way.
Who was guarding Canty? Six-foot-8 Julian Washburn, one bit of evidence that the Miners just might get through the loss of three players to betting allegations. Washburn is a junior who has led his team in minutes all three seasons, and is skilled enough defensively to handle a point guard.
As for Canty, he's leading his team in minutes as a freshman, a 36.18 average. Check that - he leads all of Conference USA, save for Tulane freshman Jonathan Stark. Canty will continue to play that much because, well, he has to.
And he will get tired. And frustrated.
But he needs to keep his phone off after the game. Apparently, he squeezed off the following tweet minutes after the contest: "I got a lot on my mind don't think I'll be returning next year."
The tweet was deleted, but you figure somebody among his 1,400 followers would screen-capture and pass it around. Of course, it happened.
The screen capture took place at 11:43 p.m.; the tweet was stamped 11:31 p.m. on the 11th (Saturday). Both times Eastern, which means Canty piped up about 20 minutes or so after the game ended.