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Bailey's Take on Pirate Sports

From the Anchor Desk
Wednesday, December 8, 2004
By Brian Bailey

Another long night on the road

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It wasn’t quite the debacle that the Gardner-Webb game was, but you had better believe that it still has Bill Herrion and his staff scratching their heads.

East Carolina went back on the road and lost a game in which the Pirates had the better talent.

Talent doesn’t get it done on the road. It takes more, and the Pirates are still in search of that “more."

Western Carolina had it on Tuesday night. The Catamounts slipped by ECU 77-72 in overtime.

The same East Carolina team that pounded Pepperdine and slipped by Oregon State has yet to make a winning road trip for Coach Herrion.

That BCA Tournament team overcame all obstacles in picking up two key wins in this early season.

Maybe it is the team’s youth. This IS a very young, but talented team. Blame it on inexperience, if you will, but you get the feeling that Coach Herrion’s patience is wearing thin.

Herrion expressed that frustration when he talked with the Pirate Sports Network after last night's loss.

“We just have to do a much better job of containing the basketball,” Herrion said. “We just didn’t have any answers in the game.”

Moussa Badiane led the Pirates with 17 points, while ECU's go-to guard, Mike Cook, struggled on 6-25 shooting from the field.

“Too many shots,” Herrion said. “We have to do a better job in shot selection.”

Cook had a chance to win the game in regulation. Coach Herrion liked the opportunity, but the shot wouldn’t go down.

“Mike had a great look at the end of regulation,” Herrion said. “It went off the back of the rim. But really, you have to make that shot.”

Herrion agreed with my assessment of getting “more.”

“The bottom line is that you have to make plays to win,” Herrion said. “They made the plays and that’s what you have to do.”

Herrion and the Pirates now head to a crucial part of the non-conference schedule.

Old Dominion comes to town on Sunday followed by Winthrop the following Friday. Then, it’s a trip to Mobile to play South Carolina, followed by a trip to Clemson.

By the way, the Conference USA slate begins on January 5th and includes the likes of Cincinnati, Louisville, Charlotte, Memphis and Marquette.

“This is a very disappointing loss,” conceded Herrion. “It is really tough and now we’ve got a tough part of the schedule to get through.

"I really hope that our fans will still get behind this team. We need to get some rest and get back in the gym. We’ve got plenty of work to do.”

I agree. It’s a definite work in progress. However, this team does have talent and it will develop.

One night, this team will have you howling from the rooftops. The next night you might be pulling your hair out.

Just ask Bill Herrion!

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