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Pirates' backs against wall after loss to Charlotte

From wire and staff reports

Box Score

GREENVILLE — East Carolina's chances of scrambling to a second straight Conference USA Tournament berth took a couple of major blows on Saturday — one in Minges Coliseum's Williams Arena, the other on a basketball court in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Curtis Nash and Demon Brown terrorized the Pirates from three-range to lead visiting Charlotte to a 71-66 victory.

It was the 49ers' fourth win in four meetings with ECU since their their cross-state rival became a member of C-USA last season.

"We just got beat by two really good perimeter players," said Pirates coach Bill Herrion.

Meanwhile, down in the Deep South, Southern Miss hit 7 of 8 free throws in the final 32 seconds to defeat Tulane 76-72.

With 11 of the 14-team league's 12 tourney spots virtually locked up heading into Saturday, ECU and the Golden Eagles had been jostling with Texas Christian to gain possession of the final berth.

The loss by the Pirates (12-12, 3-10) — combined with the unexpected win by USM (4-9, 11-13 C-USA) — puts ECU just a step away from last place in the pecking order, which is occupied by Texas Christian (2-11, 8-17.)  The Horned Frogs fell to Marquette on Saturday, 79-68.

By virtue of its record and the two teams' remaining regular season schedules, Southern Miss seems to be in the driver's seat in its battle with the Pirates for a date at Louisville's Freedom Hall, the site of the tournament which tips off on Mar. 12.

The Golden Eagles close at Charlotte (Wed., Feb.26), at home versus South Florida (Sat., Mar. 1) and on the road at Tulane (Sat., Mar. 8).

ECU's stretch run includes intimidating challenges at Cincinnati (Wed., Feb. 26) and Louisville (Sat., Mar. 1) before a regular season finale at home (Sat., Mar. 8) against Saint Louis.

Nash scored 21 points for Charlotte — including 19 in the second half — and made 4 of 8 from behind the arc, while Brown added 20 points, including 6 of 13 threes, to frustrate the Pirates' efforts to stay afloat in the race for tourney spots.

Curtis Withers had 14 for the 49ers (11-13, 6-6 C-USA).

Derrick Wiley and Belton Rivers led East Carolina with 15 points apiece. Erroyl Bing had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Travis Holcomb-Faye chipped in 11 points for the Pirates.

Charlotte led 30-28 at halftime before going on a 14-6 run early in the second half. The 49ers extended their lead to as many as nine points.

A four-foot jumper by Wiley and four points from Bing helped the Pirates cut the lead down to 65-63 with 1:39 left, but the 49ers hit 6 of 6 free throws the rest of the way to seal the win.


Charlotte (11-13, 6-6) 71, East Carolina (12-12, 3-10) 66

Player           FG      FT      PTS
Withers          5-11    4-5     14
Reed             0-0     0-0      0
Basden           1-3     2-2      4
Nash             7-17    3-5     21
Brown            7-14    0-1     20
Grier            2-4     1-3      5
Baldwin          2-4     0-0      4
Sager            0-3     2-2      2
Clemmons         0-1     1-2      1
Totals          24-57   13-20    71

Player           FG      FT      PTS
Wiley            6-12    3-4     15
Bing             3-8     5-7     12
Mikulas          3-5     0-0      6
Rivers           5-15    1-2     15
Holcomb-Faye     4-8     2-3     11
Mackay           1-5     0-0      2
Badiane          2-2     1-2      5
Moore            0-0     0-0      0
Grindley         0-0     0-0      0
Totals          24-55   12-18    66

Halftime: Charlotte 30, East Carolina 28.

3-point goals: Charlotte 10-26 (Brown 6-13, Nash 4-8, Baldwin 0-1, Withers 0-1, Sager 0-3); East Carolina 6-18 (Rivers 4-8, Bing 1-3, Holcomb-Faye 1-3, Mackay 0-4).

Rebounds: Charlotte 36 (Basden 10), East Carolina 40 (Bing 13).

Assists: Charlotte 13 (Nash 6), East Carolina 11 (Holcomb-Faye, Rivers 3).

Total fouls: Charlotte 20, East Carolina 23.

Fouled out: Bing, Holcomb-Faye.

Technical fouls: None.

Attendance: 5,822.

02/23/2007 10:56 AM

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