Marshall went from missing free throws in the first half to not shooting them at all for much of the second half. The Herd didn't shoot its first from the line until 3:01 remained in the second, but made six of 12 from there.
The Herd took a 32-30 lead into halftime that could have been considerably larger, if not for an atrocious 20 minutes of free-throw shooting. The only Marshall player to make a shot from the line was Ryan Taylor, who completed a three-point play with 2:59 gone in the game to pull the Herd into a 3-3 tie.
Tamron Manning missed his lone free-throw attempt of the first half, while Pittman missed all three of his and Chris Thomas missed all five of his. The Lumberjacks fared far better, making five of six of their first-half free throws. A 5-0 run in the final 3 minutes of the half gave Stephen F. Austin (3-1) a short 30-28 lead, but Taylor and Thomas each answered with a layup to regain the advantage for the Herd.
Marshall made 27 of 53 shots in regulation (50.9 percent), but made just two of 10 shots in overtime and was outrebounded 47-37 for the game. Pittman led the Herd with 21 points, but making just one of seven free throws, while Kareem Canty scored 14 with seven assists.
Parker added 11 rebounds to his career-high 31 points, making 12 of 15 shots from the floor, including several dunks.
"We just had a lot of defensive breakdowns," Manning said. "He got open on a lot of slips, fake screens and cuts to the basket. So it was mainly our fault, just a lot of defensive breakdowns."
Marshall returns to the court at noon Saturday to host the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.