TULSA, Okla. -- The 3-point shot killed Marshall's men's basketball team against Tulane once again. This time, it ended the Thundering Herd's season.
The Green Wave started making its 3s, while the Herd couldn't find its touch from the same distance, as Tulane eliminated Marshall from the Conference USA tournament in the first round, 66-64. The eighth-seeded Green Wave faces Memphis tonight.
"It was a frustrating end to the season," Marshall Coach Tom Herrion said. "It was a dagger through our heart at the end. The 3-ball ended up beating us in the second half. We didn't guard it well enough in the second half."
The fatal long-distance shot came with 6.9 seconds left in the game. Ricky Tarrant who made five 3s in the game, banked in a deep one from the top of the key to make it 66-63.
"It actually felt good," Tarrant said. "It went straight to the backboard and then went in. I just looked at the shot clock after Jordan (Callahan) passed me the ball and I saw that I had to get the shot up."
The Herd (13-19, 6-10 C-USA) had chances after that. Josh Davis was called for a flagrant foul - elbowing DeAndre Kane in the jaw - that happened before Tarrant hit his final 3, but the officials didn't review it until after the basket. Kane made one of two free throws, then found Elijah Pittman in the corner. But Pittman's off-balance lean-in bank shot attempt was off the mark as the buzzer sounded.
"Coach drew a great play up and we executed it great," Kane said. "If the layup was there, I would have taken the layup, but he cut me off a little bit. I didn't think I had a good angle at the basket and I saw Elijah open. He's a great shooter and was knocking down shots all year, so I gave him the ball."
Marshall made just three of 16 3-pointers in Wednesday's game.
The Green Wave (19-13, 6-10 C-USA) made just one of its first 14 3-pointers and trailed by as many as 13 in the second half, but came storming back after finally finding its touch from beyond the arc. Tulane made five straight 3s and seven of its last nine. The Green Wave handled Marshall in its first win over the Herd, 91-75 on Feb. 6, by making 11 of 25 3-pointers.