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East Carolina's C-USA road woes continue

From staff and wire reports

Box Score

CHICAGO — DePaul's accuracy from the field left plenty to be desired in its Conference USA game with East Carolina Saturday. But the Blue Demons looked like marksmen compared to their frigid-shooting visitors.

On a day when DePaul's 38 percent shooting margin from the field was good enough to win, Marlon Brooks' 11 points were enough to lead the Blue Demons to a surprisingly easy 55-42 victory over the Pirates.

Brooks came off the bench to hit three of five shots from the field and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.

"This was my best game this season," Brooks said.

As cold as they were from the field, the Blue Demons (10-4, 2-1) made good use of the charity stripe, connecting on 19 of 24 shots overall, including 14 of 17 in the last 12:55 to clinch the game.

ECU (10-5, 1-3) shot less than 31 percent from the field for the game. The Pirates didn't hit a shot from the field in the last 7:14 of the game. This was after hitting their last shot from the field in the first half with 9:01 remaining.

In that first-half stretch, East Carolina had 10 possessions, including one five-shot possession, and attempted 16 shots.

Gabriel Mikulus led the Pirates with 15 points.

"We just didn't put the ball in the basket. We had a lot of opportunities around the basket all night. We just didn't put the ball in the hole," East Carolina head coach Bill Herrion said.

The victory gives DePaul one more win than they had all of last season. It also gives the Blue Demons two victories in the their first three conference games, matching their conference victory total from last season in 16 conference games.

ECU's record of futility on the road in Conference USA dropped to 0-10 since it became a basketball playing member of the league last season.


DePaul (10-4, 2-1 C-USA) 55, East Carolina (10-5, 1-3) 42

East Carolina (42)
Player         FG      FT      PTS
Bing           0-6     1-2     1
Mikulas        7-11    1-1     15
Badiane        3-8     2-4     8
Wiley          5-13    3-4     14
Holcomb-Faye   1-9     0-0     3
Rivers         0-3     0-0     0
Mackay         0-2     1-2     1
Totals         16-52   8-13    42

DePaul (55)
Player         FG      FT      PTS
Brown          2-7     2-5     6
Greer          2-7     4-4     9
Hoskins        3-8     2-2     8
Seals          2-4     0-0     5
Diener         3-6     1-2     8
London         0-1     4-4     4
Brooks         3-5     4-4     11
Holland        1-3     2-3     4
Tulley         0-1     0-0     0
Totals         16-42   19-24   55

Halftime: DePaul 26; East Carolina 18.

3-point goals: East Carolina 2-13 (Bing 0-2, Wiley 1-3, Holcomb-Faye 1-3, Rivers 0-3, Mackay 0-2); DePaul 4-9 (Greer 1-2, Hoskins 0-2, Seals 1-1, Diener 1-2, Brooks 1-1, Tulley 0-1).

Rebounds: East Carolina 33 (Bing 10); DePaul 33 (Brown 12).

Assists: East Carolina 13 (Holcomb-Faye 9); DePaul 10 (Greer, Diener, Holland 2).

Total fouls: East Carolina 18; DePaul 14.

Fouled out: Johnson.

Technical fouls: None.

Attendance: 4,796.

02/23/2007 10:56 AM

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