And as rough as Marshall had it on the free throw line, the Mountain Lions had it even worse. Concord made just two of its first nine from the stripe and seven of 17 for the game.
Concord's A.J. Williams scored the first basket of the second half, but the Herd scored seven straight in retaliation and led by as many as 40. Sophomore newcomer Chris Thomas punctuated the game in the middle of the second with an explosive drive and dunk.
"We played as a team," Taylor said. "We didn't really care about who scored. We weren't selfish with the ball. We went out there, we had fun and we enjoyed it."
Thomas was one of three Herd players, along with Taylor and Elijah Pittman, who scored 14 points. Taylor and TyQuane Goard paced Marshall with 10 rebounds each. The Herd outrebounded the Mountain Lions 51-28.
Ten of the 12 players who saw the floor Monday played between 15 and 26 minutes. Herrion said that interchanging could be common this season, that he has a "beginning five" rather than a "starting five." Canty, Pittman, Taylor, DeVince Boykins and Cheikh Sane began the game for the Herd on Monday, though Herrion said that combination could be different next game.
Team chemistry is crucial in those situations, but Smith said the Herd already was well on its way to developing it.
"We all got used to each other in the summer pickup (games)," he said. "We already had that bond. We knew what each other can do. It was an easy adjustment."
Ali Barnes led Concord with 15 points, making four of six of his 3-pointers. Grant Dickinson scored 13.
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