Win number 150 on Friday night for Tulane coach Ed Conroy had its own dramatic finish, and his 151st career victory Sunday was no different thanks to the same player with less than two seconds left - junior guard Jay Hook. Two days after Hook sank the winning free throw to beat Charlotte, he made a 3-pointer against Marshall with officially 1.4 seconds to go after an assist from Louis Dabney to break a tie and give Tulane (13-11, 5-4) a 68-65 win before 1,775 fans at Devlin Fieldhouse. It's Tulane's second straight win, and Hook actually nailed the shot on a bothersome wrist. "My guy went underneath me to help on (Dabney's) drive, and then as soon as (Dabney) turned around I was right there where I was supposed to be and I hit the shot," Hook said of the game-winner. "I fell on my wrist pretty hard (earlier in the game), and I didn't think that shot was gonna reach the rim. I appreciate my teammates; they tell me to keep shooting, so I do." After Marshall trailed by as many as 15 points in the game, the Thundering Herd (8-17, 2-8) clawed dangerously close on a 63-all tie on a Cheikh Sane layup at the 1:16 mark. Then leading scorer Chris Thomas (21 points) sank two free throws on a horrendous free-throw shooting day for Marshall to tie it once again at 65-all after Tulane guard Jonathan Stark had grabbed the lead back. But more heroics from Hook sealed the deal. He finished with 11 points, Dabney added 14 and four steals, and Stark led the team with 17 points. Tulane freshman Payton Henson tacked on a career high 14 points. Tulane coach Ed Conroy called the last play "the ultimate share" as Dabney passed the ball to Hook, and he had "all the faith in the world" in Hook, whose 11 points came on three 3-pointers and two free throws. "(Hook) is playing the game simpler, finding space, doing some really good things and defending probably better than he ever has," Conroy said. Something like Friday night he takes a little bit personal; there was a chance he could have had a letdown ... What a job he did of staying focused." The whole Tulane team stayed focused even as Marshall chipped away at the deficit. A 11-2 run vaulted the Thundering Herd to 61-60 with 2:25 to go after Tulane had led 59-49 about 3 1/2 minutes earlier. But the thorn in Marshall's side was free throw shooting; the visitors finished 20 of 32 from the charity stripe. Tulane wasn't much better at 16-for-25, but the Green Wave led in points off turnovers (17) and bench points (22). Tulane shot 46 percent from the floor (8 of 16 from 3-point range), and Marshall tallied 44 percent for the game. Conroy said he had a heart-to-heart with Hook after he sealed Friday's win against Charlotte and former Tulane player Ben Cherry. "I asked (Hook) in front of the team if he had that game circled. It was," Conroy said. "I’ve been in the coaching business for 25 years - I’m able to block things out - so I told him a winner’s mentality is 'that can’t be the end.'
Tulane pulls more weekend heroics to beat Marshall on Jay Hook's 3-pointer, 68-65
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Feb 11