"If he's not hard on himself, he's not going to be as good as he can be," Herrion said. "The best thing is to be honest with him. He did a lot of really good things against Morehead. And he played too many minutes against Morehead. Let's get that straight. Some of the stuff he did late was so uncharacteristic, but a lot of it had to do with fatigue."
Stephen F. Austin won't make it easy on the Herd after Sunday's Morehead loss. The Lumberjacks enter the game at 2-1 after finishing last season at 27-5 and winning the regular-season Southland Conference title.
Stephen F. Austin lost the Southland Tournament title game, then fell in the first round of the NIT to Stanford.
Brad Underwood is in his first season as the Lumberjacks' head coach after spending the last two seasons as associate head coach under Frank Martin, first at Kansas State and then at South Carolina. Underwood replaced Danny Kaspar, who left to become head coach at Texas State. The Lumberjacks lost three starters from last year, including their top two scorers.
Three Stephen F. Austin players score in double figures this year - senior guard Desmond Haymon (14.0 ppg), senior guard Deshaunt Walker (13.3 ppg) and junior forward Jacob Parker (12.3 ppg).
"They've been really, really impressive on tape," Herrion said. "Because I think the program has a tradition of success, the guys who are stepping up have been in the system, maybe as more role players, but a lot of their kids are older and they're accustomed to winning."
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