CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Marshall men's basketball team made ESPN's "SportsCenter" on Wednesday night. But after a 102-46 shellacking at the hands of Southern Mississippi, it was for all the wrong reasons.
The show highlighted the lowest point of the Thundering Herd's ninth-straight road loss (0-6 this season), a 47-4 first-half run that buried Marshall by halftime. It was a performance that had Marshall Coach Tom Herrion apologizing to fans on the radio after the game.
And after the game, Herrion said he made it clear to the players that type of performance shouldn't happen again.
"I was brutally honest with our guys," he said. "Losing is not tolerated in this program and losing the way we did was totally unacceptable. Each one of us to a man was responsible. It was a very disappointing evening as a group from top to bottom."
The Herd (9-10, 2-2 Conference USA) likely won't have it any easier in its next game, a 2 p.m. Saturday matchup at Memphis. The Tigers (15-3, 4-0 C-USA) sit right behind the Golden Eagles (16-4, 5-0 C-USA) in the conference standings, the only two teams undefeated in league play.
It would be tough for things to get much worse for the Herd, which has won just one game - an 80-58 neutral-site victory over Division II District of Columbia - away from the Cam Henderson Center. Southern Miss entered Wednesday's game with just one player averaging double figures in scoring. Five Eagles scored at least 10 points against Marshall.
The Herd blew past its season high with 31 turnovers, shot 33.3 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from 3-point range and 39.4 percent from the free throw line. Thanks to that 47-4 run, the Eagles led by as many as 40 in the first half. And even if Southern Miss had gone scoreless in the second half, the Eagles still would have beaten the Herd by seven points.
It continued a troubling trend of lopsided Marshall road losses. Prior to Wednesday's 56-point loss to the Eagles, the Herd had lost by 28 at Kentucky, by 37 at Ohio and by 11 at UTEP.