GREENVILLE — In its first game since exam break, East Carolina could not find its shooting touch and took a 53-35 nonconference loss at home to College of Charleston on Thursday night.
ECU (7-4) made just 11 of its 47 field goal attempts, 22.4 percent.
The Pirates were slow getting started and trailed 21-7 with two minutes remaining in the first half. A 3-pointer by Caleb White at the first-half buzzer drew ECU within 23-13 at the break.
College of Charleston (8-3) opened the second half with a 19-0 run.
Joe Chealey led the Cougars with 14 points and Jarrell Brantley added 11.
Freshman Jeremy Sheppard scored 11 points for ECU. Andrew Washington had 10 points, 12 rebounds and blocked five shots. Caleb White had 10 points.
Kentrell Barkley and B.J. Tyson, who are each averaging in double figures, scored three and zero points respectively as the Pirates committed 21 turnovers.
ECU faces a major regrouping task before playing at UNC-Wilmington on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.