HUNTINGTON - Damier Pitts appreciated what was then, but he's more concerned about what is now.
On a weekend when Marshall lovingly closed its old hoops home and honored past performers, Pitts, the Herd senior point guard and unquestioned team leader, passed the school's most revered player on the MU career scoring list.
The night after the Herd shuttered Veterans Memorial Field House, Hal Greer sat in the first row behind the Marshall bench at the Henderson Center and watched Pitts lead his team to a much-needed 78-68 Conference USA win over East Carolina on Saturday.
Told after his season-high, 27-point night that he had eclipsed a Huntingtonian who had played his way into a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame career as one of the top 50 players in NBA history, Pitts was in disbelief.
"Say that again?" Pitts responded when asked how it felt to pass Greer in Herd scoring annals with the legend seated a skip pass away. Told again, Pitts said, "I passed him?" You passed him, he was told.
"I didn't even know that," said the 5-foot-10 Pitts, who has 1,391 points in four seasons (Greer had 1,377 in three years). "That's great news there; I didn't even know that, but Hal Greer is one of the greatest players to come through Marshall.
"It's my senior year; I just want to go out with a bang, win some games, make the NCAA Tournament and hopefully I can be a legend here one day."
He's more concerned about the former than the latter, to be sure.
The Herd (16-10, 6-5), which had lost six of seven before topping the Pirates (12-12, 3-8), has no margin for error in its hopes for Marshall's first NCAA berth since 1987.
The opinion from this longtime press row-sitter is that Coach Tom Herrion's club needs to win its last five regular-season games, then at least two games in the C-USA Tournament in Memphis to make the Big Bracket.
"We've been talking about it all year, going to NCAA Tournament, but I feel like we really let some games slip away and we shouldn't have lost some of them," Pitts said.
"So, from here on out, these last six, five games, we've got to really close them out.
"We can't lose any more games really, if we want to take it to the next level, get Marshall back to the NCAA Tournament. We can't have any more losses."