GREENVILLE — Temple dealt East Carolina its fifth straight American Athletic Conference loss, 71-63, on Wednesday night in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
The Pirates cut a 14-point deficit at 63-49 with 2-06 left to 67-61 with 33 seconds to go but could get no closer in falling to 11-10 overall and 2-7 in the league.
“We got what we deserved,” said ECU coach Joe Dooley on the Pirate Radio Network. “We have to do a better job of preparing and we have to do a better job of listening.”
Kinston native Damian Dunn scored 26 points with 13 of 15 free throw shooting to lead the Owls (12-7, 5-3 AAC).
The visitors jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never trailed as ECU made just 19 of 58 field goal attempts for 32.8 percent, including five of 23 from beyond the arc for 21.7 percent. The Pirates were 20 of 26 at the line for 76.9 percent.
Temple held a 42-35 rebounding advantage.
Tristen Newton paced ECU with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists. Vance Jackson had 18 points and seven rebounds. Tremont Robinson-White added 10 points, four assists and three steals.
The Pirates visit Tulane on Saturday for a 2 p.m. tipoff, The Green Wave (9-10, 6-4) fell, 73-62, at No. 6 Houston on Wednesday night. ECU defeated Tulane, 88-80, in Greenville on Jan. 5.
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