That's tough for one of those born-and-bred man-to-man defense disciples.
"The thing that [ticks] me off is now I've got to spend more time on zone defense," Jarvis joked. "We don't exchange as much as Syracuse does, so it's a hybrid Syracuse zone. It's what you call a desperation move."
It worked well enough to choke off Thomas, who scored five points after those first 10 minutes. It also worked well enough to make the Herd settle for 15 second-half 3-pointers after trying just six in the first half. With the Herd in-conference 3-point shooting just above 31 percent, zones are the popular play.
The Herd went into the half down 34-25, scoring just six points in the final 9:41. The second half didn't start any better, as the Owls used three mid-range jumpers and a Raffington three-point play to take a 13-point lead twice.
Marshall clawed back to within 44-38 on a DeVince Boykins dunk, a Thomas jumper and a Kareem Canty 3-pointer. But when Thomas took his next foray into the FAU zone, the ball flew out of his hands for a turnover, and Shawn Smith turned it over on the next possession.
That triggered a 10-2 FAU run, punctuated by a Bertone 3-pointer. After a basket by 6-11 Grant Pelchen, the Owls led 56-42 with 7:52 left.
The Herd woke up in the final 41/2 minutes, taking advantage of three Raffington missed free throws to fashion a 10-point run that made the score 60-57. But that took too much time, and after Canty missed the second free throw with 33 seconds left, the Herd had to foul.
That could have worked, but we'll never know. FAU's Jackson Trapp missed the front end of the one-and-bonus, but Smith was called for entering the lane too eagerly. Given another chance, Trapp hit two free throws to make it 62-57 with 24.9 seconds left. The Owls hit three more free throws as the Herd suffered two sloppy, fruitless possessions.
You could add "listless" to the of the Herd's play at times.
"I thought they played harder than us," Herrion said of FAU. "That's what pains me the most, frustrates me the most. Not that we were consistent - we missed some shots, left some points at the foul line again, which hasn't happened in a while. But I didn't like our effort level today. That disappoints me greatly.
"And I don't like to use that word."
Thomas led the Herd with 16 points while Taylor added 14.
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