Herrion declined comment on Canty's situation citing student privacy laws, but said the school will continue to work with the NCAA.
Marshall's juggled lineup struggled a bit at first. At one point, the NAIA program led 18-17 on an Andrew Wilson layup with 9:29 left in the first period. That seemed to light a fire under the Herd, which went on a 15-0 run and never looked back.
The Herd destroyed Bluefield on the glass, outrebounding the smaller Rams 69-25 overall and 28-4 on the offensive side. Both Herrion and the players admitted they still need to work on transition defense before they host Longwood on Nov. 9 in the regular-season opener.
But Herrion lauded the team's effort, which showed in the rebounding numbers, and the players said the absence of five teammates allowed some newcomers some extra time, especially junior college transfers Scarver and Pittman and true freshman Tamron Manning.
Before the five players' absences were announced, Pittman, Scarver and junior center Yous Mbao all were scheduled to come off the bench. They replaced Kane, Goff and Spikes in the starting lineup.
"It builds confidence for the middle and the end of the season," Pittman said. "When those guys do come back, they know what they can do."
Kearsten Marion led Bluefield with 18 points, while Wilson added 16.
Marshall's women's team played before the men's game, beating Concord 84-71.
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.