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GREENVILLE — Hoops history in the making at East Carolina? Who would've thunk it after the school's hardwood miseries over a period that has spanned decades?

The Pirates ran their record to 7-0 with a dominating 90-62 win over visiting Mount Olive Saturday night to match the program's best start in almost half a century.

Freshman Belton Rivers scored 21 points, while sophomore Moussa Badiane added 19 and generally wreaked havoc around the lane during the 21 minutes he was in the game, as ECU dismantled the previously unbeaten Division II Trojans.

East Carolina hasn't sprinted out of the gates on a similar pace since 1953 — and by one important measure, that comparison doesn't match up. That long ago campaign, by then-NAIA member East Carolina College, began with victories over Belmont Abbey (twice), Lenoir-Rhyne (twice), Catawba, Elon and Guilford. The current season-opening run has come against a more formidable slate of foes, including Ole Miss of the SEC and Virginia Tech of the Big East.

In another sign that the times, they are a'changing, ECU is now the lone undefeated team in Conference USA.  DePaul, which also had an unblemished record heading into Saturday, fell to 10th-ranked (AP) Notre Dame.

Badiane, who connected on 7 of 8 from the floor, also added four blocks, seven rebounds and three steals. Dubbed the French Flyswatter, Badianne is already ECU's all-time career leader in blocks, and the native of Paris currently leads C-USA in that category for the current season.

Dameion Baker led Mount Olive (5-1) with 20 points and Marcus West had 10 points and nine rebounds before fouling out.

ECU held the Trojans to 28 percent shooting and forced 23 turnovers, while hitting 51 percent of its own shots. In the second half, East Carolina was 16-for-28 (57 percent) and took command of the game.

With exams winding down, the Pirates will take Sunday off, according to ECU coach Bill Herrion, and then begin preparing for a home game Thursday with George Mason of the Colonial Athletic Association.


East Carolina (7-0) 90, Mount Olive (5-1) 62

Mount Olive (62)
Player         FG      FT      PTS
Baker          4-12    10-15   20
West           3-10    3-5     10
Young          3-8     0-2     6
McDougald      1-2     0-0     2
Greene         3-9     1-2     9
Horton         0-6     2-2     2
Johnson        2-3     0-0     5
Jefferson      1-1     0-0     2
Galarza        1-6     2-2     5
Barnett        0-2     0-0     0
Broering       0-2     1-2     1
Giovannoni     0-1     0-0     0
Mack           0-2     0-0     0
Totals         18-64   19-30   62

East Carolina (90)
Player         FG      FT      PTS
Bing           2-3     2-4     6
Holcomb-Faye   2-7     0-0     5
Mikulas        3-5     2-3     8
Rivers         8-14    2-4     21
Wiley          3-9     3-4     9
Rouse          2-2     2-6     6
Boddie         1-4     3-4     6
Badiane        7-8     5-11    19
Moore          0-5     6-6     6
Twitty         0-0     0-0     0
Grindley       2-2     0-0     4
Totals         30-59   25-42   90

Halftime: East Carolina 39, Mount Olive 28.

3-point goals: Mount Olive 7-28 (Greene 2-6, Baker 2-7, Johnson 1-1, West 1-3, Galarza 1-4, Barnett 0-1, Mack 0-1, McDougald 0-1, Horton 0-2, Young 0-2); East Carolina 5-13 (Rivers 3-7, Holcomb-Faye 1-1, Boddie 1-2, Wiley 0-1, Moore 0-2).

Rebounds: Mount Olive 45 (West 9); East Carolina 48 (Rouse 8).

Assists: Mount Olive 6 (Greene 4); East Carolina 13 (Holcomb-Faye 6).

Total fouls: Mount Olive 32; East Carolina 24.

Fouled out: West; Galarza; Barnett.

Technicals: None.

Attendance: 5,711.

02/23/2007 10:56 AM

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