HUNTINGTON — “You have to play perfect against the No. 22 ranked team,” Marshall Coach Tom Herrion said.
“This was clearly a game of two halves for us. The second was a game of ‘haves’ and the first half was ‘have-nots’ in terms of our defense, and our scoring drought.”
The Herd men’s basketball coach was speaking on playing well for a half is never good enough to beat a team with a 16-straight game winning streak, a team like Memphis (23-3, 11-0) — without a true road loss all season.
In the end, it was about the Herd’s home loss to the road-tested, No. 22 Tigers on Saturday night, 71-59, leaving Marshall (11-15, 4-7) in a three-way tie for seventh place in Conference USA with Houston and UAB.
A season’s best crowd of 6,116 (on a very busy night in the River Cities) at the Cam Henderson Center was hopeful of a win throughout the game, as Marshall outscored Memphis by five points (33-28) in the second half.
Marshall would use that run to cut a 17-point deficit at halftime as low as just five points, 46-41, with 10:44 to play.