During the timeout with 13.9 seconds left, 12th-year MTSU coach Kermit Davis cooked up a defensive winner.
"We've got some long guys, so we were going to try to switch on every screen," Davis said. "I thought [Reggie] Upshaw, our [6-foot-7] freshman did a great job on Canty [when] we got switched off to him."
Canty, who had five assists to go with his 13 points, barely saw a white jersey, much less an open teammate. You might not know it from watching, but he wasn't the planned shooter. Taylor was.
"It was kind of a triple screen for Kareem. He curled first, and then I come off a double and try to get a 3," Taylor said. "It kind of messed us up because they switched everything. When they switched it was kind of hard to screen your man.
"And when that happened, we were scattered and we had to hurry up and hoist up a shot."
Herrion pointed out that MU had to take a 3-pointer. The Herd had only two team fouls, so driving for a layup and then fouling was not an option.
Still, he shouldered the blame: "My fault, I guess. I didn't explain it well enough. I wanted to get Ryan Taylor off the screen and use Kareem Canty as a decoy. It was horrible execution and I'll take the responsibility on that."
Raymond, who played 24 minutes off the bench, led all scorers with 17 points, with Upshaw and Neiko Hunter getting 10 apiece. The Raiders shot 42.9 percent but were 43.5 percent from 3-point range, 10 of 23.
Marshall finished at 38.2 percent, hitting 4 of 14 3-pointers. Chris Thomas, who averaged 17 points over the last seven games, was held to two points, both on free throws.
Or better put, he held himself. That started when he was late for a team meeting, costing him a start, and continued when he committed two charging fouls. He committed four turnovers and missed a shot in 17 minutes.
BRIEFLY: Marshall plays its final road game on Thursday, taking on Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va. The final two games are at home: 2 p.m. next Sunday, March 2 against East Carolina, and 7 p.m. the following Thursday, March 6, against Charlotte. ... Marshall went 7 of 10 from the line and MTSU went 4 of 5. Those 15 combined attempts were the fewest in a Herd game this season, half of the previous low. ... For those who saw the four minutes from Tavarres Jefferson, he is indeed the same man who scored on a 9-yard reception in MTSU's 51-49 football win over the Herd.
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