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Pirates make history against Houston

Lebo & players post-game

ECU coach Jeff Lebo and players B.J. Tyson and Terry Whisnant spoke with the news media after the Pirates' 66-61 victory over Houston on Wednesday night in Greenville (Recorded by W.A. Myatt): Select audio clip...


Opportunity summons Lincoln Riley

OOOOk-lahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain,

And the wavin' wheat can sure smell sweet, When the wind comes right behind the rain…

East Carolina offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley is singing a new tune today. ... More from Brian Bailey...

Audio: The Brian Bailey Show
The Brian Bailey Show airs on Pirate Radio 1250 on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Brian's guests this week were ECU assistant basketball coach Ken Potosnak (right) and Farmville Central football coach Scott Gardner (left): Replay show...


ECU taps Texas for scholar/lineman

In the football-crazed town of Corinth, Texas, which is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, they're known for producing college quarterbacks. In fact, the last three signal callers at one of Corinth's local high schools, Lake Dallas, have gone on to earn college scholarships. ... More from Sammy Batten...

Thumbnails: ECU's recruiting class of 2015...



Lebo on AAC: 'Quite a jump'

Al MyattJeff Lebo had no delusions about what membership in the American Athletic Conference would mean. 'We've moved up two notches in basketball," said Lebo of the competitive upgrade. ... More from Al Myatt...



Pirates 'steal' sack artist in Olenga

Emmanuel Olenga is short on football experience, but long on talent and potential. And, oh yeah, he's 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds of talent and potential. That was more than enough to create a ripple of excitement in the East Carolina football program on December 22 when Olenga made a verbal commitment ... More from Sammy Batten...



Bearcats down ECU

CINCINNATI — East Carolina was held to 27 percent shooting in a 69-48 American Athletic Conference loss at Cincinnati on Tuesday night. The Bearcats went ahead 3-0 on a shot from behind the arc by Troy Caupain with 18:02 left in the first half and led the rest of the way. ... More...

Next: ECU vs. Houston | Wed, Jan. 14, 7 pm
TV: ESPNU | The Season



Final thoughts from Birmingham

There will be no storybook ending for these Pirates seniors, again. After a Central Florida ‘Hail Mary’ ruined Senior Night in December. East Carolina’s final attempt to give the seniors a victorious sendoff fell just short in the Birmingham Bowl. The Pirates had plenty of chances, but problems in the red zone meant a different and most disappointing ending. ... More from Brian Bailey...

Audio: The Brian Bailey Show
The Brian Bailey Show airs on Pirate Radio 1250 on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Brian's guest this week ECU assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick: Replay show...



Inside Game Day | Photos... | Post-game Audio...

>>> AAC BOWL SCOREBOARD WRAP-UP >>> ..... Miami Beach Bowl: Memphis 55, BYU 48 [2OT] ..... Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl: N.C. State 34, UCF 27 ..... Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman: Virginia Tech 33, Cincinnati 17 ..... Lockheed Armed Forces Bowl: Houston 35, Pittsburgh 34 ..... Birmingham Bowl: Florida 28, ECU 20 ..... .....

Past intersects with present on pick

BIRMINGHAM, AL — East Carolina's lack of production in the red zone ultimately led to a 28-20 loss to Florida in the Birmingham Bowl at historic Legion Field on Saturday.

The final opportunity for the Pirates (8-5) came on a drive that started with 3:28 left in the game from the ECU 42 with the Pirates needing a touchdown and a two-point conversion to tie the score. ... More from Al Myatt...

View W.A. Myatt's Birmingham Bowl gallery...


Ruff & players post-game audio


East Carolina coach Ruffin McNeill and seniors Brandon Williams, Justin Hardy and Shane Carden met with the media after Saturday's game (recorded by W.A. Myatt): Select audio clip...

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Post-game Audio: Lebo, Tyson & Whisnant...

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GREENVILLE — East Carolina and Houston came into Wednesday night's matchup with winless records in the American Athletic Conference but the Pirates emerged with a 66-61 victory, their first league triumph since moving to the AAC this season.

"That was a big win for our kids," ECU coach Jeff Lebo said. "There was a lot of relief I think on the faces of a lot of guys out there. Two teams that have been struggling and in the last five minutes of the game it came down to who was going to make the plays, who had the confidence to make the plays, the plays to try to win the game and luckily we came out on top."

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ECU freshman standout B.J. Tyson drains a mid-range jumper over Houston's LJ Rose. Tyson led the Pirates in scoring and rebounding with 16 and 7, respectively. (Photo by W.A. Myatt)

ECU (8-9, 1-3 AAC) had a pair of 13-point leads in the second half, the last at 42-29 with 13:38 to play on a jumper by Michel-Ofik Nzege. Houston (7-9, 0-5) closed the margin to one point at four junctures, the final time at 62-61 on a jumper by LeRon Barnes with 35 seconds to go.

A free throw by Antonio Robinson gave the Pirates a 63-61 advantage with 33 seconds remaining. Freshman B.J. Tyson claimed a defensive rebound on Houston's ensuing possession and made one foul shot with 16 seconds left to give ECU a 64-61 advantage.

Danrad Knowles of the Cougars missed a 3-point attempt with seven seconds left and Caleb White claimed the carom. White made two from the line with four seconds showing for the final margin.

Tyson led ECU in scoring with 16 points and in rebounding with seven.

"(B.J.) was terrific," Lebo said. "He shot 50 percent from the field (7 for 14) and played with a lot of confidence. ... He was great but I thought our point guard play was good too. Antonio (Robinson) and Lance (Tejada) combined for 15 points at that spot and that's the kind of numbers we need from them."

Jherrod Stiggers was limited to five points, significantly below his 16.1 average for the Cougars.

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Junior guard Terry Whisnant finishes a fast break with authority for ECU's first basket of the game. (Photo by W.A. Myatt)

"Terry Whisnant did a great job on Stiggers all night," Lebo said. "No threes in the game and he's averaging 10 attempts and four makes per game. ... He was 0 of 5 (on threes) and 2 of 15 (overall field goals). That is a reason why we had a chance to win this game."

Whisnant played a team high 34 minutes and contributed 13 points on the offensive end.

"Coach (Lebo) challenged me early in the week, by telling me about this guy and what he likes to do," Whisnant said. "(Coach) told me he usually shoots 10 threes a game and I took it as a challenge. Coach was on me all week and I studied film to see what he did. I was ready to lock up tonight and I really didn't care about scoring. I just did what I needed to do in order for us to get this win tonight."

White added 14 points for the Pirates.

Nzege had six rebounds despite foul trouble that cut his playing time to 18 minutes.

ECU had a 39-37 rebounding advantage.

"The coaches always say we win more games when we outrebound the other team," Tyson said.

Robinson had eight points, four assists and two steals for ECU, which was supported by a crowd of 4,368 in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. Tejada had seven points and two assists in 15 minutes.

Marshall Guilmette continued his comeback from a hip ailment with six points in 19 minutes. Guilmette made his first career 3-pointer with six minutes to go for a 52-48 Pirates lead.

Houston held its lone lead at 6-5 but ECU answered with a layup by Tejada and the Pirates were on top the rest of the way.

Knowles paced the visitors with 16 points. L.J. Rose scored 15 and Cavon Baker added 11.

Houston is coached by Laurinburg native Kelvin Sampson, whose previous stops have included Oklahoma and Indiana.

ECU plays at Southern Methodist (13-4, 4-1) on Saturday at 4 p.m. (ET) in a contest that will be shown on the CBS Sports Network. The Mustangs outscored host Temple 34-22 in the second half Wednesday night for a 60-55 win.

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