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Pirates 5-0 for first time since '54

From staff and wire reports

Box Score

NORFOLK, VA — The start keeps getting better for East Carolina's basketball team.

Gabriel Mikulas scored 22 points as the Pirates extended their season-opening run to five games by holding off a second half Old Dominion surge to defeat the host Monarchs 75-67.

The game also marked ECU's third straight road win after a lengthy dry stretch in foreign arenas spanning all of last season and a portion of the previous season.

It's the first time East Carolina has jumped out of the gates to a 5-0 start since the 1554-55 season when the Pirates were members of the old North State Conference, a collection of NAIA-affiliated small colleges. That season's squad, coached by Howard Porter, opened 6-0 with wins over Guilford, Catawba, Lenoir-Rhyne, Erskine, Appalachian State and Presbyterian before finally losing to Elon en route to a 16-8 campaign.

Mikulas's offensive heroics included two key free throws with 16 seconds to play, giving East Carolina a cushion at crunch time after ODU had threatened to erase the Pirates' blistering start.

ECU (5-0) shot 62 percent in the first half and led 45-37 at the break. Th Pirates maintained at least a 6-point lead until the final minutes, when a 6-0 run pulled the Monarchs (1-4) to within 70-67 with 19 seconds left.

After Mikulas nailed the pair of free throws, Derrick Wiley was 3-for-4 from the line in the final nine seconds, helping to keep the Pirates unbeaten.

Wiley added 20 points for East Carolina and Travis Holcomb-Faye scored 11.

The Monarchs got 25 points from Rasheed Wright and 14 from Alex Loughton.

Next on the Pirates' slate is three straight home games, starting with a Monday night visit by Virginia Tech. ECU will host Mount Olive next Saturday and George Mason on Thursday, December 19.

East Carolina (5-0) 75, Old Dominion (1-4) 67

East Carolina (75)
Player            FG       FT      PTS
Bing              4-10     0-0     9
Mikulas           8-13     6-7     22
Rivers            1-5      2-2     4
Wiley             8-11     3-4     20
Holcomb-Faye      5-10     0-0     11
Boddie            2-2      0-0     5
Badiane           0-2      2-2     2
Moore             0-2      2-4     2
Totals            28-55    15-19   75

Old Dominion (67)
Player            FG       FT      PTS
Marsh             3-9      2-2     8
Wright            9-12     5-7     25
Loughton          7-14     0-0     14
Hunter            2-12     1-2     5
Waller            3-11     1-4     9
Morris            0-2      0-0     0
Nance             1-4      0-0     3
Thomas            1-4      0-0     3
Principe          0-0      0-0     0
Mrksic            0-0      0-0     0
Totals            26-68    9-15    67

Halftime: East Carolina 45, Old Dominion 37.

3-point goals: East Carolina 4-10 (Wiley 1-1, Boddie 1-1, Bing 1-2, Holcomb-Faye 1-2, Rivers 0-2, Moore 012); Old Dominion 6-22 (Wright 2-3, Waller 2-6, Nance 1-3, Thomas 1-3, Loughton 0-1, Morris 0-1, Hunter 0-5.)

Rebounds: East Carolina 29 (Bing 12), Old Dominion 46 (Marsh 11.)

Assists: East Carolina 14 (Bing 5), Old Dominion 16 (Hunter 4.)

Total fouls: East Carolina 19; Old Dominion 18.

Fouled out: None.

Attendance: 5,135.

02/23/2007 10:56 AM

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