CONWAY, SC — East Carolina finished the Myrtle Beach Invitational with a 76-67 loss to Davidson on Sunday night.
The Pirates (4-2) had a 47-34 lead early in the second half but made only seven of 24 field goal attempts (29.2 percent) over the last 20 minutes after sinking 15 of 29 (51.7 percent) in the first half.
“Davidson totally dominated the second half,” said ECU coach Joe Dooley. “I thought the big difference was on the backboards and our shot selection at times.”
The Pirates outrebounded the Wildcats 24-11 in the first half but that margin diminished to 37-33 for the game.
Tristen Newton paced ECU with a game-high 28 points. Newton also had five assists. Vance Jackson had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Pirates. J.J. Miles had nine points in the setback and Tremont Robinson-White added seven.
Davidson (3-2) got 25 points and 10 rebounds from Hyunjung Lee.
The Wildcats went ahead to stay at 62-60 on a driving layup by Luka Brajkovic with 5:01 to go. Brajkovic had 14 points and nine rebounds.
Davidson committed just six turnovers. ECU had 11.
“We’ve got to get better at a number of things, which we can easily address,” Dooley said.
The Pirates return to action at home on Saturday at 4 p.m. against Coppin State. The Eagles are 1-6 with games at Cleveland State on Monday and Canisius on Wednesday before coming to Greenville.