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ECU Disarms Rifles to End Losing Streak

From Associated Press Reports with Staff Contributions

Box Score

GREENVILLE — It wasn't pretty, but a win is a win.

East Carolina, reeling from a six-game losing streak, shot poorly from the field but was stingy enough on defense to subdue USC-Spartanburg 64-52 at Williams Arena on Saturday night.

Fred Primus and Bryan Foxx came off the bench and scored 12 points apiece, giving the Pirates enough scoring punch to lead the game from start to finish and earn their first victory since beating Northwestern 71-68 on November 15.

ECU was frazzled by the Division II Rifles at times, particularly during a span late in the second half, but Pirate head coach Bill Herrion was intent on focusing on the positives.

"Right now we just needed a win," he said. "An encouraging thing is that defensively we have strung together three consecutive solid defensive efforts."

ECU, which has struggled offensively while star forward Gabriel Mikulas sits out an NCAA suspension, relied on an aggressive defense to mount strong challenges in its previous two outings, a 56-54 loss at UNC-Greensboro and a 53-52 defeat at home to Old Dominion.

Mikulas, the team's leading scorer a year ago, has been cleared to return to action for ECU's Conference USA contest at UAB on January 8.

The Pirates (3-6) led 38-23 at halftime, but Spartanburg (3-6) went on a 14-2 run down the stretch to cut the lead to eight.

Pirate freshman Moussa Badiane helped swat away the comeback attempt with a couple of blocked shots and pair of free throws as ECU pulled away with an 8-0 run.

Kevin Harrington led the Rifles with 13 points and six rebounds. Curtis Blair added 12 points and seven rebounds.

East Carolina shot only 36 percent overall but was 9-for-24 from 3-point range, with Primus connecting on 4-for-6 from long range. Brandon Hawkins had 11 points and Kenyatta Brown added 10 points and six rebounds for the Pirates.

Spartanburg, which didn't score in the first five minutes of the game, was thrown off kilter by the generally tenacious ECU defensive effort, shooting just 32.7 percent from the field, including 5 of 16 from behind the arc.

Box Score



Blair 5-13 0-1 12, Bell 2-6 1-2 6, Diebel 1-1 0-0 2, Hall 1-6 0-0 3, Murrell 1-8 0-0 2, Sanders 3-4 4-6 10, Harrington 4-12 4-6 13, O'Neal 0-2 4-4 4. Totals 17-52 13-19 52.


Moore 2-13 0-2 4, Bing 1-7 1-3 3, Badiane 1-2 2-2 4, Brown 2-5 5-6 10, Holcomb-Faye 1-5 2-4 5, Primus 4-6 0-0 12, Foxx 5-6 0-1 12, Hawkins 2-6 6-6 11, Boddie 0-0 1-2 1, Twitty 0-1 0-1 0, Howard 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 19-52 17-27 64.

Halftime — East Carolina 38-23.

3-Point goals — S.C.-Spartanburg 5-16 (Blair 2-5, Hall 1-1, Bell 1-3, Harrington 1-5, Murrell 0-2); East Carolina 9-24 (Primus 4-6, Foxx 2-3, Brown 1-3, Holcomb-Faye 1-3, Hawkins 1-4, Bing 0-2, Moore 0-3).

Rebounds — S.C.-Spartanburg 34 (Bell, Blair 7), East Carolina 40 (Bing, Moore 7).

Assists — S.C.-Spartanburg 10 (Blair, Harrington 3), East Carolina 12 (Holcomb-Faye 5).

Total fouls — S.C.-Spartanburg 23, East Carolina 20.

Fouled out — None.

A — 2,685.

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02/23/2007 10:59:43 AM

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