"I knew he would make them," Herrion said. "I didn't feel, I knew he would make them. He's a really good shooter."
Marshall won despite shooting worse than the Eagles from the floor and 3-point range. The Herd shot 33.3 percent from the floor to Morehead's 36.6 percent and made only two of 17 3-pointers while the Eagles hit seven of 16.
Marshall's first half mostly was spent trying to find the basket, to no avail. The Herd went more than 8 minutes without a basket. Nigel Spikes scored on a layup with 16:35 left in the first half and it wasn't until Dennis Tinnon's layup with 8:28 left that Marshall scored again from the floor. At one point, Marshall was shooting 16.7 percent.
Meanwhile, the Eagles weren't faring much better, but it was enough to stay ahead. Morehead State hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first half, including one by Jarrett Stokes with 8:15 left in the half to give the Eagles their largest lead of the half, 17-10.
Then the Eagles had their turn dealing with a scoring drought. Morehead State went nearly 6 minutes without a basket at the end of the half, and the Herd went on a 10-0 run for a 24-21 lead. Marshall finally turned its fortunes around at the free throw line, hitting four in a row. Two of those came from Kane.
The junior, who went 3-of-14 from the line in Marshall's win over Nevada, missed his first two free throws of the night. The two he made with 1:25 left in the half were met with loud cheers from the Marshall crowd.
Kane shot just five for 20 from the floor Wednesday, but had seven assists to go with his eight rebounds. He finished with 13 points. Tinnon scored 12 for Marshall. Stokes led Morehead with 14 points.
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.