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Herrion wants pressure defense

Oct. 02, 2013 @ 06:59 AM

HUNTINGTON — When Marshall’s Thundering Herd began basketball practice last week, most of the players had an inkling of what was e x p e c te d .

Marshall had 10 days of summer practice leading to five exhibition games in Canada, and head coach Tom Herrion said that experience is paying dividends.

“We’re not sharp, but at least there’s a foundation,” Herrion said Tuesday before Marshall’s fourth practice in Cam Henderson Center. “It’s
not totally foreign to all the guys except for Chris Thom­as. ” T homas is a sophomore guard who didn’t arrive until the start of fall classes.

Herrion said he has person­nel that fits the style he wants to play in his fourth season on the bench.

He has mentioned “extend­ed aggressiveness defensive­ly,” which means using mul­tiple players in a full-court,
pressure game.

He said the first three prac­tices were a good start.

“They have an understand­ing of some of the things we’re trying to do,” Herrion said. “We’re in the infantile stages of creating a foundation, espe­cially on defense.” The season is approaching sooner than you might think.

A new NCAA rule allowed the Herd to have 30 days of practice in a 42-day window
before its first game Nov. 8 against visiting South Caro­lina State.

Marshall has practice Wednesday and will take Thursday off before going strong all weekend.

“We’ve got a long way to go,” Herrion said.

Herd fans can take a look at the team Oct. 17 at a Green-White Scrimmage. The wom­en’s team will also scrimmage during an event that begins at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $5. Marshall students get in free with a valid ID.

Marshall also plays an Oct. 28 exhibition game against Concord University.

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