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GREENVILLE — Four days after laying a 71-46 whipping on a No. 10 Louisville team that's in the mix for a high seed in the NCAA's Big Dance, Texas Christian was yanked back to reality by an East Carolina squad fighting for one of the bottom spots in the Conference USA Tournament.

A pair of seniors led the way for ECU, with Derrick Wiley scoring 23 points and Erroyl Bing adding 18 points and 15 rebounds in the Pirates' 75-70 win over the Horned Frogs on Saturday night.

Sophomore Belton Rivers contributed 16 points for ECU (11-12, 3-10 Conference USA), which led by 12 at the half and never trailed in the game but had to fend off a late rally by TCU that trimmed the margin to as little as 2 points in the final minutes.

Corey Santee led the Horned Frogs (10-13, 6-6) with 18 points. Marcus Shropshire added 16 points, Nucleus Smith had 13 and Chudi Chinweze added 12.

The Pirates are in a dogfight with Houston, South Florida and Tulane to land a spot in the league tournament by avoiding a finish as one of the bottom two teams in the 14-team league standings.

ECU coach Bill Herrion virtually gushed over the surging effort of his team as the stakes have gotten bigger down the league stretch.

"I can't be more proud of what these kids are giving me, my staff, the fans and the university," Herrion said after the game. "They are just playing their hearts out right now. I think people should be proud of these kids.

"This is the best that our basketball team has played in the five years that I have been here."

East Carolina led by as much as 15 points in the first half when Bing's 3-pointer made it 46-31 with a minute before the break. Shropshire scored on a 3-pointer of his own to narrow the score to 46-34 at halftime.

The Pirates kept the lead in double digits for much of the second half. But Santee hit one shot from the line at 7:48, then scored on a layup about a minute later to make the score 67-56, starting a 16-8 run that cut ECU's lead to 5 at the final buzzer.

It was the second straight win for the Pirates, who defeated Tulane 76-66 on Wednesday night after a string of close losses to conference power teams Charlotte, Memphis and UAB.

ECU will now have a week to reload before hosting South Florida next Saturday in a 1 p.m. game which will be televised by ESPN Plus. It will be the final home game of the season for the Pirates, who will will close out their regular season slate with road games against Marquette (Wed., Mar. 3) and Southern Mississippi (Sat., Mar. 6).


East Carolina 75, Texas Christian 70

Records: East Carolina 11-12, 3-10 C-USA; TCU 10-13, 6-6.

TCU 70
Player             FG      FT     PTS

Smith             3-6     5-6      13
Santee           4-12    8-11      18
Shropshire       6-12     0-0      16
Chinweze         5-10     2-2      12
Pierce            0-4     1-2       1
Sloan             0-0     0-0       0
Ibikunle          0-0     0-0       0
Curtis            2-4     3-3       7
Adams             0-0     0-0       0
Walsin            1-3     1-1       3
Totals          21-51   20-25      70

ECU 75
Player             FG      FT     PTS

Robinson          2-5     0-0       4
Badiane           3-4     0-1       6
Wiley            9-20     4-6      23
Bing             5-15     4-4      18
Cook              5-8     5-8      16
Rivers            1-3     0-0       3
McNeil            0-2     0-0       0
Mackay            0-0     1-2       1
Rouse             0-3     4-6       4
Grindley          0-0     0-0       0
Totals          25-60   18-27      75

Halftime: East Carolina 46-34.

3-point goals: Texas Christian 8-18 (Shropshire 4-7, Smith 2-2, Santee 2-5, Pierce 0-2, Curtis 0-2); East Carolina 7-15 (Bing 4-6, Cook 1-1, Wiley 1-2, Rivers 1-2, Robinson 0-2).

Fouled out: Chinweze, Badiane.

Rebounds: TCU 29 (Chinweze 7); ECU 43 (Bing 15).

Assists: TCU 13 (Shropshire 6); ECU 10 (Cook 7).

Total fouls: TCU 22; ECU 22.

Technical fouls:

Attendance: 5,255.

02/23/07 11:01 AM

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