"Obviously that's a crying shame for our kids," Herrion said after the double-digit loss. "Crying shame. Played so damn hard, but we beat ourselves."
West Virginia holds a 31-11 lead in the series with Marshall, including a 20-5 edge in Charleston. The Mountaineers have won six of seven games in the series overall.
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WVU junior guard Gary Browne was perfect from the floor versus the Herd, 5-for-5 from the floor, including 2-for-2 from 3-point range. He was one of five West Virginia's double-figure scorers, finishing with 12.
He said he worked throughout the offseason to improve as a shooter, and it's shown. After shooting 32.5 percent from the floor and 20.4 percent from 3-point range last season, he's shooting 53.8 percent from the floor and 47.8 percent from 3-point range this year.
The key, he said, was taking the shots that the defense gave him, not the ones that he just felt like taking.
"I don't need to force shots," he said. "I want to win the game. People don't remember, 'Y'all lost, but Gary Browne had 50 points.' Nobody cares about that. Everybody cares about the win."
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Charleston native and former George Washington High School standout TyQuane Goard looked at home on the Civic Center Court. The 6-foot-7 sophomore, who played the 2011-12 season at Ohio before transferring to Marshall and sitting out last season, had the first double-digit point game of his career.
Goard scored 11 points and matched his career-high with seven rebounds in 25 minutes. He had six points and all seven of his rebounds in a first half where the Thundering Herd never trailed.
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The Capital Classic attendance declined for the third consecutive year.
The annual event drew 11,038 Saturday night, the smallest turnout for a WVU-MU basketball game since Jan. 27, 1999 (9,132).
The game drew 12,684 fans on Jan. 18, 2012. The Classic was moved to December last month, and attendance dropped to 11,512. This season, the game stayed in December but moved from its usual weekday slot to the weekend.It is the first time since 1996 -- Jan. 18 of one season and Dec. 17 of the next -- that the attendance fell below 12,000 in consecutive seasons.