Only it wasn't a tie, exactly. I abhor ties more than nature does a vacuum. Ties are unlikely, if not impossible, in the poll's upper echelons. The rules are cleverly designed to circumvent them. See those parenthetical figures next to the point totals?
1 (tie). Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bird Calls (ACT). 350 (53)
1. (tie). Maria Schneider, The Thompson Fields (ArtistShare). 350 (49)