HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- After four consecutive losses away from the Cam Henderson Center, the Marshall men's basketball team was looking for an opportunity to bounce back at home.
In its win over Alice Lloyd College on Tuesday night, the Thundering Herd got it.
Five players set career highs in scoring, led by Ryan Taylor's 25 points, and point guard Kareem Canty dished out 14 assists as the Herd snapped its four-game losing streak to beat the Eagles, 121-57.
"The most important thing for me is how mature this group has shown me (it can be)," Marshall Coach Tom Herrion said. "I challenged them on the bus ride back Saturday night from Charleston, that we'd find out a lot about this group, regardless of the opponent, with how we approached this game.
"Boy, for a young, inexperienced club, they showed me they've got some moxie," he added. "They've got a little bit of 'it' because of their preparation and the way they played."
Marshall (5-6) shot 64.7 percent from the floor, 57.7 percent from 3-point range and 81.8 percent from the free throw line in the win. The Herd outscored the Eagles (6-6) 67-27 in the second half.
After playing on the home courts of an SEC team and a Big Ten team, then playing a Big 12 team at a neutral site, the Marshall players said they were itching to return to the Henderson Center and score a victory.
"I think we just all were clicking and all on the same page, mentally and physically," said Taylor, who made 10 of 13 shots and also finished with eight rebounds. "We beat ourselves against West Virginia and everybody on the team truly thinks that. We were all focused tonight and all wanted to get a win back tonight. Whoever was in our way was going to pay."
The Eagles, an NAIA school from Pippa Passes, Ky., stayed relatively close longer than some anticipated. Stuart Stamper's jumper with 17:13 left in the half cut Marshall's lead to 7-6. After that though, the Herd pulled away.