"Icy roads" and "Houston" don't go well in the same sentence. Still, Herrion didn't use that as an excuse, and was pleased with the overall effort. The destructive turnovers, not so much.
The analyst on the CBS Sports Network telecast wasn't as impressed, once remarking, "This team has more fight than I'm seeing right now."
"I don't know about that. We fought, but we dug a big hole," Herrion said. "We shot 58 percent in the first half; we got any shot we wanted when we handled the pressure. That's the disappointing part of it. We can't have 17 first-half turnovers; you just can't do that anywhere."
Herrion noted that the Herd rallied from that large deficit to make it 23-20 before slipping away again. Taylor also pointed to that.
"I think when we made our comeback run from 17-2, the effort was there. But then we [had] put all our effort into coming back," Taylor said. "We really didn't have a lot in the tank to overcome the lead in the second half. The effort, it's going to be there for us night in and night out, but we just dig ourselves big holes like that."
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