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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, November 17, 2008

By Brian Bailey

Bucs in harmony with Tulsa time

By Brian Bailey
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Living on Tulsa time,
Living on Tulsa time,
Gonna set my watch back to it,
Cause you know that I’ve been through it.
Living on Tulsa time.

Eric Clapton

The members of the East Carolina defensive unit have certainly made it their business living on Tulsa time.

Last year in the Conference USA title game, the Pirates forced seven turnovers including five interceptions in a 27-24 victory at Tulsa.

Sunday night, the defense stepped it up another notch. The Pirate “D” forced four Golden Hurricane turnovers, of which three were returned by Pirate defenders for touchdowns.

That’s Pirate time in Tulsa!

The Pirates led just 23-17 early in the fourth quarter when Emmanuel Davis stepped in front of a G.J. Kinne pass and sprinted 42-yards for the touchdown. That proved to be the backbreaker, but a couple of other Pirate defensive players still had a shot to shine.

Safety Levin Neal picked off Kinne and sprinted 57-yards for a score with just over two minutes to play. Then, big Jay Ross scooped up a fumble and had just enough gas in the tank to make it to the end zone for the final points in a weird game that developed into a 44-17 rout.

The Pirates bolted out in the first half with over 400 yards of offense. The Pirates were dominant on the line of scrimmage, as Dominique Lindsey rushed for 150 yards in those first two quarters.

Still, the Pirates led just 20-7 at halftime.

Things got tighter as Tulsa pulled to within 23-17, and the Golden Hurricane had the football.

That’s when the East Carolina defense went on the offensive, reeling off three touchdowns to complete the blowout.

The Pirates put themselves in great position in the league race with two home games remaining. Beating UAB and especially Southern Miss won’t be an easy assignment.

History won’t be on the Pirates side against the Golden Eagles, but the Pirates will cross that bridge next week. CBS College Sports likes the matchup so much that it announced on Monday that it would carry the game live with a kick-off of 1:30 p.m.

This week it’s a short week to get ready for the much improved Blazers.

Thankfully, the Pirates will play on Saturday from here on out. Nationally-televised games really help the program, but college football games should be played on Saturday!

Hoops: ECU at Campbell

East Carolina’s basketball squad hits the road tonight to take on Campbell.

The Pirates opened the season by beating UVa-Wise on Friday night, and then lost in Greensboro to Wake Forest on Sunday.

East Carolina coach Mack McCarthy had said in the preseason that this would be a work in progress. He said he knew his club would be much better in February then it is in November.

“We learned more about ourselves against Wake Forest then we did on Friday night,” said McCarthy. “They have a very good basketball team and can do a lot of things.”

Brock Young led East Carolina with 17 points in the 89-58 loss to the Demon Deacons.

Even though Wake Forest was much taller and more athletic, the Pirates actually won the battle on the boards. In fact, the Pirates missed several early three-point looks that would have made the game much closer in the first half.

The Pirates are on the road tonight, visiting Campbell. Then it’s off to the Virgin Islands where ECU will play three games, starting with Tennessee on Friday.

“Campbell likes to get on you on defense,” said McCarthy. “They like an up tempo style but hopefully we can take advantage of that and turn it into some 4 on 3’s, 3 on 2’s or 2 on 1 breaks.”

Lady Pirates go 2-0

East Carolina’s women's basketball team is off to a great start. Sharon Baldwin-Tener’s squad rolled by Charlotte in the opener, and then beat Western Carolina on Sunday.

Even Coach Baldwin-Tener seemed surprised about her team’s blowout win over the Lady 49ers in the opener. The Lady Pirates were polished and unselfish in the 85-61 victory over the 2009 Atlantic 10 champs from the Queen City.

Ashley Clarke scored 22 points in the opener and poured in 20 more against Western on Sunday.

The Lady Pirates are back in action on Thursday night, hosting UNC-Wilmington and looking for a 3-0 start.


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