NEW ORLEANS - For the second game in a row, Marshall was shot down by a buzzer-beating 3-point goal, as Jay Hook buried a 25-footer with 2 seconds left to give Tulane a 68-65 victory Sunday afternoon at Devlinson Field House.
The shot came two days after Southern Mississippi's Neil Watson canned a 3-pointer to sink the Thundering Herd 60-57. Hook's shot prevented the Thundering Herd (8-17, 2-8) from overcoming a 53-38 deficit in the final 11:26.
The Herd also was hurt by three missed free throws in the last two minutes, including two by Tamron Manning that would have given MU its first lead. As it was, Cheik Sane tied the game at 63, putting back his own miss with 1:16 left.
Sane blocked a Louis Dabney layup, but the ball went out of bounds to Tulane. With time running low on the shot clock, Jonathan Stark hit a layup for a 65-63 lead. The Herd called timeout with 36 seconds left.
Chris Thomas, who scored 16 of his game-high 21 points in the second half, hit two free throws to tie the game again at 65 with 28 seconds left. Then, with the game clock running out, Dabney drove and kicked the ball out to Hook, who made his winning shot.
Jonathan Stark led the Green Wave (13-11, 5-4) with 17 points and six rebounds, with Dabney and Payton Henson adding 14 each and Hook 11. Tulane hit half its 3-pointers, most on a streak of five that created a 19-6 lead.
The Herd cut that lead to 33-29 at the half, and 37-34 on a Sane layup with 16:24 left. But the Green Wave went on a 12-2 run, fueled by three misses and three turnovers by the Herd. Tulane held a 10-point lead as late as the 6:09 mark.
It took barely two minutes for Marshall to cut that lead to 59-56 on a Kareem Canty 3-pointer. At the 2:45 mark, Canty's layup made it 61-60, and then Manning stole the ball and was fouled.
But Manning air-balled the first shot and simply missed the second, and then two Dabney free throws gave Tulane a 63-60 lead. Canty split two free throws and Dabney missed a layup at the other end, setting the frantic final 1:29.
Canty finished with 16 points and Sane a career-high 11, with seven rebounds. Ryan Taylor fouled out for the eighth time, limiting himself to six points and six rebounds.
Marshall returns to action at 7 p.m. Saturday at Charlotte, then finally plays its next home game Feb. 20 against Alabama-Birmingham.