The lead changed nine times the rest of the way, with D.D. Scarver hitting his only 3-pointer and DeAndre Kane scoring seven of his game-high 22 points along the way. The last Herd lead was 63-61 with 1:19 left, on two Pittman free throws.
Kendall Timmons tied the game at 63 with 1:02 left, getting inside for a short shot off the glass. Kane worked the ball into the top of the lane and fired a pretty open jumper, but that missed. He was elbowed in the head on the rebound, but play continued.
Tulane ran the ball to the other end before coach Ed Conroy ordered his troops to slow things down. With 7 seconds' difference between the shot clock and the game clock, they almost slowed it down too much, forcing Tarrant to heave a shot from 22 feet or so.
It hit the glass hard and went in, the seventh Tulane 3-pointer of the half and Tarrant's 19th, 20th and 21st points.
"It felt good," he said. "It sailed straight to the backboard and then in. I was looking at the shot clock after Jordan passed me the ball and knew I had to get a shot off so I just threw it up."
Marshall had 6.9 seconds left, but had a chance for two free points. During the Herd's timeout, officials reviewed Davis' elbow of Kane and assessed a flagrant foul, giving Kane two foul shots before the Herd inbounded. Kane hit the second to cut the lead to 66-64.
(Had that flagrant foul been called at the time it was committed, Tarrant's particular shot would not have been possible. MU would have gotten two free throws and possession.)
On the final play, Kane weaved around one defender and went straight to the rim, dishing out to Pittman in the left corner. Pittman had to fake out his defender at the arc but didn't have time to set his feet for his final attempt, which still banked off the glass and across the rim at the buzzer.
"I had an option to get the layup, but [a defender] caught me off a little bit on my way to the basket," Kane said. "I saw Elijah open and he's a great shooter, he's been knocking down shots all year, so I got him the ball. He got a good look at it, it just didn't sink."
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