"It was me shooting in rhythm. I didn't take any bad shots today," he said. "I wanted to set the tone, defensively, get my guys involved, get Pittman good shots, get D.D. good shots, get my big men touches. I know my shots will come.
"I was shooting shots [Tulsa's defense] gave me, and it's about time I knocked some down."
There were alley-oop dunks, baskets in transition and catch-and-shoot bombs. There was Kane stealing in the backcourt after a Tulsa rebound, waiting a count and then feeding the onrushing Scarver for a three-point play. And then there was Pittman's four-point play with 4:33 left in the first half, putting Marshall up 37-15.
After drawing the contact while rising to shoot a 3-pointer, Pittman kept his balance just enough to make a one-handed toss that banked off the glass as if he called it. That play drew the most jokes in the players' portion of the postgame press conference.
"I've got to make anything [Kane] gives me," Pittman said with a smile. Kane responded: "He had to make it. He missed my 'oop' [pass]."
Mbao had gotten the worst of a horrific collision with Goff on Nov. 20, remaining hospitalized for the better part of a week. With family-like support from coaches and teammates, he has been recovering from concussion symptoms ever since.
"He's got a little headache right now, so we've got to be careful," Herrion said. "He is a contagious personality, a fan favorite, everybody cheering for him, so it was nice to get him in there; he got a big rebound. We've got to work him back in, he can be a nice piece for us."
The Herd hits the road for its longest road trip of the year, playing Texas-El Paso at 9 p.m. EST Saturday. After that, the team has a week before its Jan. 19 home game against East Carolina.
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130, dougsm...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/dougsmock.