GREENVILLE — East Carolina looked substantially improved compared to its season opener in an 83-71 win over visiting Canisius on Friday night.
One area in which the Pirates were markedly better was at the free throw line as ECU made 20 of 22 for 90.9 percent.
The Pirates led by as many as 29 points in improving to 2-0.
ECU made 28 of 60 field goal attempts for 46.7 percent. The Pirates were seven of 22 from beyond the arc, 31.8 percent.
“It makes your life a lot easier,” Dooley said of the success on foul shots. “They say making shots covers a multitude of sins and guys made shots. They also shared the ball, despite getting a little cute sometimes. We just need to clean that up and we will.”
Five players scored in double figures for the Pirates, who return to action Sunday at home against Western Carolina (1-1) at 4 p.m.
Tristen Newton and Brandon Suggs had 14 points each. Newton also had seven rebounds and six assists. Tremont Robinson-White contributed 12 points and six assists. Alanzo Frink and Brandon Johnson added 11 points each.
Canisius (0-2) was led by 22 points from Armon Harried. The Golden Griffins lost at Miami of Florida, 77-67, Tuesday night in their season opener.