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Every miss matters when it's close

Feb. 25, 2013 @ 09:03 PM

HUNTINGTON — Every missed shot matters in a close game like Marshall University played Saturday against the UAB Blazers.

From Elijah Pittman’s missed jump shot in the opening minute to Tamron Manning’s 3-point miss with five seconds remaining, they’re all the same.

UAB actually missed more field goal attempts (44) than Marshall (42), but the Blazers also made a few more in a 52-48 men’s basketball victory. UAB connected on just 30.2 percent from the field while Marshall made a season-low 26.3 percent.

“We were so inept on offense and it led mightily to our demise,” Marshall head coach Tom Herrion said Monday before practice.

Marshall (12-16, 5-8 Conference USA) was back in Cam Henderson Center for Monday’s practice and the shots were pouring in.

That figures.

“It’s a fickle part of the game,” Herrion said.

Marshall (12-16, 5-8)

at Houston-x (15-10, 4-8)

2 p.m., Saturday

x-Houston plays Wednesday at UTEP

Get more of this story in Tuesday's edition of The Herald-Dispatch in print and online.