"I know we keep saying its early, but we have to find some way to stop making the simple mistakes and feeling sorry and just go out there and play," Tinnon said.
Just as the Herd knows there will be no gimmes for them on their schedule - Marshall trailed for the first 30 minutes against Coppin State before taking its first lead - it also knows Savannah State is no stranger to hostile environments.
The Tigers already have played at UCF, Florida, Ohio State and Marquette.
Savannah State - which won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular season title last season and lost to Tennessee in the first round of last season's NIT - is led by forward Rashad Hassan. The 6-7 senior, named the MEAC preseason player of the year, averages 12.9 points per game.
Marshall had its hands full with one MEAC foe in Coppin State. Tinnon figured the Tigers won't be any different.
"They're not going to be afraid of coming in here," he said. "They're not nervous. They're not scared. They'll know what to expect. They're not going to give up. I know that for sure."
This game also should be the last before guard Kelvin Amayo joins the roster. Amayo, a 6-4, 200-pounder from Newark, N.J. came to Marshall in the spring 2012 semester as an academic non-qualifier. He originally signed with Towson State out of high school.
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