He was no threat for a double-double, though, as he took only three shots from the floor. His five points did include a critical three-point play in the final minute.
The three field-goal attempts were the fewest in his college career. As a lifetime scorer who isn't always shy about shooting, Kane said he can't remember when he had only three shots in a game.
"Maybe when I first played the game [and] I couldn't get it to touch the rim," he joked. "But I was trying to get my teammates involved early. I know when we need a bucket or something I can get my own shot off."
Kane, who has played all 40 minutes for five straight games, also leads the league in minutes played (36.86 per game).
The Herd is no threat to escape the league cellar in free-throw shooting, where it sits at .575. Let's put it this way: MU would have to sink the next 118 in a row to reach the .641 of 11th-place UCF.
A more reasonable goal is to escape the Division I basement in the category, and is giving it a good run after a 10-of-11 closing stretch Wednesday. Through last weekend's games, the Herd was at .571, behind No. 344 Morgan State (.577).
The season-long funk had players searching for adjustments. Pittman moved toward the right "elbow," while Nigel Spikes has stepped back from the stripe a foot.
It seems to be working. Spikes went 6 of 8 Wednesday and is 12 of 16 over his last four games, putting him above .500 for the season.
"It's something me and [Kane] came up with," Spikes said. "I was shooting it too hard, so I decided to take a couple of steps back, give myself a little more room. It's helped out a lot."
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