HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- A bespectacled Tom Herrion could see things clearly late Saturday night.
"I know we're all judged as coaches on winning and losing," he said after his Marshall Thundering Herd snapped a two-game losing streak by defeating Nevada, 89-82, at the Henderson Center.
"I get that. I'm a big boy."
Herrion, who turned 45 two weeks ago, endured the worst five-game start in his seven-year head coaching career when the Herd opened the regular season 2-3.
He wears his emotions on his sleeve. He's comfortable with that.
Why do you think he peels that sports coat off so early in games?
He didn't hold back Saturday night after a tumultuous week for his program.
After losing on consecutive days last weekend to South Dakota State and Hofstra, he watched as senior forward Robert Goff and junior center Yous Mbao were injured in a nasty collision during Tuesday's practice.
Goff was bleeding. Mbao was convulsing. Both players were carted out of the Henderson Center and to the hospital.
"It was a rudimentary, basic rebounding drill that we do with campers in the summertime, as simple as that may sound," Herrion said. "It'll never be used again in practice or in camp. It was a freak thing that they both kind of collided and both fell.
"One of them was split open in the forehead. You try to keep the other guys focused; we tried to keep going and eventually I left to go to the hospital."
Goff's hospital stay was the shorter of the two, but Mbao spent four nights under observation before he was released Saturday afternoon. The Senegalese shotblocker made a brief appearance, wheelchair and all, in the locker room prior to the opening tip.
"I didn't have to say anything," Herrion said. "That was done. They're brothers. They say 'brothers' on three when we break huddles a lot. They mean that."
If Herrion didn't believe that before this week's events, he does now.
He had visited Mbao in the hospital two or three times a day. Each time, the door was wide open, but when Herrion arrived Friday night it was closed.
He opened the door to find his team huddled around Mbao watching television with their injured brother.
"That made me feel really good about my kids," Herrion said.
He knew Saturday night's effort - not necessarily the performance or result - was going to be different. Marshall (3-3) responded by playing what Herrion said "might've been the best 20 minutes of defense we've played here."