And after vowing that such a performance couldn't happen again, the Herd stumbled its way to the worst loss in Herrion's career.
Once again, ball control was Marshall's biggest problem. In the four games before Saturday, the Herd had averaged nearly 18 turnovers. It matched that mark against the Bobcats with 1:43 left in the first half. Ohio scored 51 points off of Marshall turnovers for the game. In the last five games, Marshall has committed 97 turnovers. It's dished out only 49 assists.
"Not tough enough, not strong enough," Herrion said of Marshall's turnover problems against Ohio. "These kids have been playing a long time. Pass and catch is a simple phrase, but we did not execute it at any position or in any personnel package that we did today, and that's really discouraging ... really, really disappointing."
Not even the return of DeAndre Kane, gone with a broken right hand since Marshall's Dec. 8 win over Coppin State, could reverse the Herd's fortunes. Before his injury, Kane had averaged 8.5 assists per game, third best in the country. He took the court in Athens with a protective guard over his hand, which he admitted made it difficult to grasp the ball.
Kane scored six points in 20 minutes on 3-of-10 shooting. He recorded eight rebounds and two assists against four turnovers and fouled out with 7:46 left in the game.
The Herd must match the 9-7 Conference USA record it amassed in each of the last two seasons to finish the regular season above .500. Marshall has won more than nine games just once in their previous seven seasons in C-USA. Kane didn't shy away from the fact that his team was struggling. He said the cure will be to stop thinking too much and start making the plays they're capable of making.
"We've just got to play hard, play smart and play together, just keep going," he said. "We're not going to duck our heads. We know we've lost some games we felt we should have won, and this one up here was a tough one. But we'll keep fighting."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.