HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall Coach Tom Herrion sat in the same spot, facing voice recorders and television cameras, three days prior, lamenting his Thundering Herd's loss of defensive identity.
Yet on Saturday, facing a heated rival in the teams' last dance at the Henderson Center as conference opponents, Herrion faced those recorders and cameras and praised his team's ability to put a lid on the hoop.
Now the Herd has to find a way to keep it going.
Marshall's block party - 14 to be exact - sent Central Florida and former Herd Coach Donnie Jones back to Orlando with a 75-71 loss, snapping the Knights' four-game winning streak and handing UCF its sixth straight loss at the Henderson Center.
Marshall will try to take that on the road, where it has yet to win this season, for games Wednesday at Tulane and Saturday at UAB.
The Herd (10-12, 3-4 Conference USA) entered Saturday on a three-game losing streak, letting Southern Methodist shoot 48.1 percent from the floor in a 68-57 loss Wednesday.
That performance, especially letting SMU shoot 55.6 percent in the first half, had Herrion very disappointed in his team's defense.
He was in a much better mood Saturday.
"I thought defensively we were really, really good," Herrion said. "Our first shot defense was outstanding."
The Knights (15-6, 5-2 C-USA) made just three of their first 18 shots from the floor, a number of them blocked. The Herd, led by Nigel Spikes' nine blocks, dominated the paint. Spikes' block total tied three others for the fourth-best total in the Marshall record books. The last Herd player to reach that number was Hassan Whiteside against Ohio on Nov. 28, 2009. Spikes rejected two Kasey Wilson dunk attempts.