ATHENS, Ohio -- The Marshall men's basketball team found itself no closer to solving its problems in the aftermath of its 94-57 loss at Ohio. If anything, the Thundering Herd looked further away.
The turnovers, which plagued Marshall during its previous four games? The Herd committed 19 in the first half and 26 for the game against Ohio. The offensive struggles, a thorn in the Herd's side all season? No better versus the Bobcats, as Marshall shot 35.1 percent from the floor, 15.8 percent from 3-point range and 48.3 percent from the free throw line.
Saturday was Marshall's (7-8) last chance to right wrongs before it dove into its Conference USA schedule Wednesday against Tulsa. Now the Herd isn't just fixing its Xs and Os. It's trying to rebuild its confidence following a 37-point loss.
Marshall men's basketball Coach Tom Herrion doesn't have the cure for a bruised ego. His answer for the Thundering Herd's three-game losing streak is to get back to work.
"I'm not Dr. Phil," he said. "I've got to coach better and we've got to play better. We're in uncharted territory. I haven't had a team struggle like this. We've got to continue to pound the rock and pound the rock."
Senior forward Dennis Tinnon, who voiced his frustrations after the Herd's surprising home loss to Delaware State on Wednesday, had little different to say Saturday, after the Bobcats put the Herd behind by double digits less than five minutes into the game and led by as many as 33 in the first half.
"It sucks," he said. "It sucks losing. Nobody wants to lose. We've got to find some way to get up out of this hole we've dug for ourselves and pick it back up."
That's been the refrain following each of the last three losses - the Herd needing to rebound following a disappointing performance. Yet the song remained the same after each one. Marshall followed a pre-Christmas 28-point loss at Kentucky with a 17-point first half and a loss to a Delaware State team missing both its top shot blocker and only double-digit scorer.