Dwayne Davis leads Southern Miss with 14.5 points and 4.5 rebounds a game and shoots 47.9 percent from the floor and 40.4 percent from beyond the arc.
For Marshall to reverse its fortunes from that nightmare first meeting, Herrion said his team must improve in an area in which its struggled all season - putting the ball in the hoop. The Herd is 10th in the conference in shooting 42 percent from the floor and last in shooting 30.2 percent from 3-point range.
"We've got to compete offensively," Herrion said.
"We've got to do a myriad of things offensively and defensively, but our competitive nature, a lot of those ingredients have to be paramount entering this game."
Marshall's three seniors want a win more than anything. It would be a happy finale to a night meant to spotlight their accomplishments. Spikes rebounded from junior-season knee surgery to currently sit sixth on Marshall's career blocked shots list with 115, while posting career highs in points and rebounds.
Tinnon at one point was working in a Wisconsin beef processing plant before coming to Marshall. Now he averages a career-high 10.6 points per game and sits third in C-USA averaging 9.3 rebounds per game. Goff has worked his way back into the starting lineup for the past three games, no easy task after a head injury in a practice-drill collision with Yous Mbao forced him to miss two games.
"It's always been good playing before these fans," Spikes said. "They give us good support and they always have our backs. It's going to be a little sad saying goodbye to them, but I've loved my time playing here."
Goff said the best way to end the night and offer a final thank you to those fans would be to upset the Golden Eagles, atone for that first game and build momentum heading into next week's C-USA Tournament.
"It's definitely a statement game," Goff said. "We're definitely going to come out playing like that, especially our three seniors. We have to come out and bring it."
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SOPHOMORE FORWARD Jamir Hanner did not make the trip to Houston, staying back in Huntington to work on academics, Herrion said. Hanner was on the floor for practice Monday.
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.