Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

January 18, 2014

Thundering Herd will try again today against Tulsa

BECKLEY — By GARY FAUBER

for the Daily Telegraph

BECKLEY — There goes that idea. The thought that returning home would help Marshall get its first Conference USA win was blown to bits by halftime of its 80-65 loss to North Texas in Huntington on Thursday. The Thundering Herd trailed 39-27 at the break as the Mean Green joined UTSA as league newcomers to make Marshall their first-ever C-USA victim.

Freshmen Kareem Canty and Ryan Taylor combined to score 48 points on 15-of-33 shooting. The rest of the team was 5 of 25 for 17 points.

“We didn’t have enough support,” Marshall coach Tom Herrion said. “We had great nights from Kareem Canty and Ryan Taylor, but we don’t want to have to rely on those two going that crazy. We had other scoring opportunities and didn’t finish.”

“It gets very frustrating,” Taylor said of the apparent trend of poor starts by the Herd.

“We know we’re a good team that can come out of the gates and just make everything and score and come out on top. After a while, just seeing us come out sluggish and slow and digging ourselves in holes is a continuous cycle we need to break. We just need to come out strong in the first five minutes. That can change everything.”

The Herd (6-12, 0-3) will try again today when it hosts Tulsa (7-10, 2-1) at noon. The game will be aired live on CBS Sports Network.

“As painful and hard as it is, we have to turn the page,” Herrion said.

“We have to have a short-term memory. Everyone that I’ve talked to that plays in the same schedule format, win or lose, has to have short-term memory. We’re going to have to turn around quicker than normal with a noon tip-off on Saturday.

“We have a really good Tulsa team coming in here. We’ll be challenged again. We’ll have to continue to figure out more of our fabric. We have to figure out what we’re made of from a toughness standpoint.”

The teams have not met since Marshall won last year’s game 79-61, also in Huntington.

Guard James Woodard leads the Golden Hurricane with 14.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

Forward Rashad Smith averages 12.4 and 5.4, and forward Lew Evans has come on of late, averaging 7.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in three conference games.

Starting for the Herd will be Canty (16.9 ppg, 6.4 assists), Taylor (14.1, 7.4 rpg), Chris Thomas (11.2, 4.1), TyQuane Goard (7.2, 5.1) and DeVince Boykins (2.6, 2.3).

— E-mail: gfauber@register-herald.com and follow on Twitter @GaryFauber.

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