HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - In the minutes following the Marshall men's basketball team's Thursday loss to North Texas, freshman forward Ryan Taylor mentioned the need for the Thundering Herd to not succumb to momentum-killing runs by the opposition, ones from which it can't recover.
On Saturday against Tulsa, a moment of frustration from Taylor led to exactly the scenario he cautioned the team to avoid.
Taylor was whistled in quick succession for his fourth foul on a push under the basket and a technical foul for arguing the call, which forced him to sit the final 9:52 of the game. James Woodard hit the technical free throws and a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession to erase Marshall's last lead of the day. The Herd dropped that contest to the Golden Hurricane, 69-52, to lose its 11th game in its last 13.
Marshall (6-13, 0-4 Conference USA) has lost its last four games and none by fewer than nine points. And in each of those contests, its opponent has made one strong run impossible for the Herd to overcome.
The latest setback led Herd coach Tom Herrion to offer a blunt assessment.
"We melted," Herrion said. "We melted. We hit adversity and it hit us right in the face and we caved in as a group."
It wasn't the first time.