The Herd could point to its youth as a reason for its inconsistency. Junior center Cheikh Sane, junior J.P. Kambola (eligibility issue), junior college transfer guard Justin Edmonds (redshirting to recover from ACL surgery) and senior forward Elijah Pittman (indefinite suspension) weren't in uniform Saturday night.
Yet Herrion wasn't going to let the team or himself dwell on its inexperience.
"There's no upperclassmen walking through that door, so grow up," he said. "I am not using that as an excuse and I will not let them use that as an excuse. We have more than enough. Every day, every practice, every game, they become less and less of an inexperienced team. You gain experience with every game. That is not an excuse that will be tolerated in my program."
Marshall returns to the land of the major conferences on Dec. 30, visiting its second SEC team this season in the Gamecocks. On top of South Carolina and Vanderbilt, the Herd also visited a Big Ten team (Penn State) and played a Big 12 team on a neutral site (West Virginia).
Canty, who led the Herd with 22 points against Arkansas State, said Marshall must maintain its confidence and its young players must continue to mature if it wants to play to its potential.
"It's just us believing, knowing we can win the game," Canty said. "We have heart. We know we can win. We just have to keep learning and watching film, and keep trusting Coach and, hopefully by conference, we can turn this thing around."
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