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UConn rallies again

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ECU vs. UCF | Sat., 12 pm

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BASKETBALL

UConn rallies again

In a game that progressed similarly to an earlier American Athletic Conference matchup, Connecticut was too much for East Carolina in the second half on Wednesday night before a black-out crowd of 6,856 in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

The 2014 NCAA Tournament champions overcame a 33-24 halftime deficit to top the Pirates 60-49 as Ryan Boatwright scored 16 points. ... Story & photos...

Post-game: Lebo, Guilmette, Whisnant...

Pictured: Terry Whisnant attempts a shot in the paint against UConn on Wednesday night. (Photo by W.A. Myatt)

Next: ECU at UCF | Saturday, 12 pm
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BASEBALL

ECU closes Classic with win

Cfter a tough 4-3 loss to No. 24 Liberty on Sunday afternoon, East Carolina bounced back with a 9-2 win over St. John's on Sunday evening at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

The Pirates (2-4) finished the 12th annual Keith LeClair Classic with a 2-1 record. ECU stranded the tying run at third in the bottom of the ninth against the Flames. ... Story & pictures...

Post-game: Godwin, Lucroy & Lowery...

Pictured: David Lucroy delivers against St. John's. The junior right-hander went seven innings allowing one run on five hits with three strikeouts in his first win of the year. (Photo  by W.A. Myatt)

Next: ECU vs. Notre Dame# | Friday, 5:30 pm
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BASKETBALL

Pirates surge past USF

East Carolina started the second half on an 11-0 run after building a 35-25 lead in the first 20 minutes and the Pirates went on to a 73-60 win over South Florida on Saturday. ECU got 19 points each from Caleb White and B.J. Tyson in its fourth straight win at home. ... More...

Post-game: Lebo, Guilmette & White...

Pictured: ECU sophomore guard Caleb White launches a jumper during ECU's 73-60 American Athletic Conference win over South Florida on Saturday at Minges Coliseum. White nailed five of six 3-point attempts and scored 19 points. (Photo by W.A. Myatt)
 

BASEBALL

ECU rallies past UNCG

Cliff Godwin got his first win as coach of East Carolina as the Pirates rolled past UNC-Greensboro, 8-3, in the opening game of the 2015 Keith LeClair Classic. The Spartans had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth but ECU answered with two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth. ... More...

Post-game: Godwin & Lowery...

Pictured: ECU freshman Jackson Mims (20) is congratulated by teammates after an eighth- inning sacrifice fly in the opening game of the Keith Leclair Classic. After falling behind early, the Pirates used offensive firepower to roar back for the victory. (Photo by W.A. Myatt)
 

BASKETBALL / FOOTBALL

Descendants of game pay respects

Al MyattIn the lineage of coach-player relationships, Jeff Lebo is only three steps removed from basketball inventor James Naismith. After conceiving of the game with peach baskets for goals in Springfield, Mass., in 1891, Naismith later coached the fledgling sport at Kansas. ... More from Al Myatt...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

By Al Myatt
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GREENVILLE In a game that progressed similarly to an earlier American Athletic Conference matchup, Connecticut was too much for East Carolina in the second half on Wednesday night before a black-out crowd of 6,856 in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

The 2014 NCAA Tournament champions overcame a 33-24 halftime deficit to top the Pirates 60-49 as Ryan Boatwright scored 16 points. Daniel Hamilton had 17 rebounds and five assists for the Huskies (16-11, 9-6 AAC).

When the teams played in Storrs on Feb. 4, the Pirates led 34-27 after 20 minutes but the Huskies came back for a 65-52 victory.

ECU (12-16, 5-10 AAC) had a four-game winning streak at home halted despite 13 points from Marshall Guilmette and 11 from Terry Whisnant.

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Marshall Guilmette works in the post against UConn's Phillip Nolan. The sophomore center led the Pirates in scoring with 13 points. (Photo by W.A. Myatt)

Caleb White had nine points in the setback and Whisnant led the Pirates in rebounding with nine.

A 3-pointer by N.C. State transfer Rodney Purvis put UConn ahead to stay at 41-38 with 11:05 left to play.

An old-fashioned 3-point play by freshman B.J. Tyson with 1:54 remaining got ECU within 54-49 but the Pirates didn't score again.

Guilmette and Antonio Robinson each had seven rebounds and three assists for ECU.

"We had great energy in the first half," Guilmette said. "In the locker room all we were saying was we've got to continue the energy for one more half. We were unable to do it. They came out and played well, shot well. We didn't do that and didn't get the result we wanted."

Purvis and Amida Brimah each had 12 points for UConn. Brimah blocked six shots.

Brimah had two fouls and played just six minutes in the first half. He played 12 minutes in the second half before fouling out.

"In the second half, the difference was the big guy (Brimah, 7 feet, 230 pounds) in the middle," said ECU coach Jeff Lebo. "He totally affected the game in all areas. Luckily, he didn't play much in the first half with fouls. He's as good a shot blocker as I've seen. He probably took away eight points that we had. He blocked some shots that were at the peak, two feet over the top of the rim. He was good."

After making 13 of 28 field goal attempts for 46.4 percent in the first half, the Pirates dropped just six of 31 after intermission for 19.4 percent.

The Huskies warmed up as ECU cooled off.

After making nine of 27 from the field in the first half for 33.3 percent, the Huskies sank 11 of 24 in the final 20 minutes for 45.8 percent.

The Huskies made 13 of 16 free throws, including 10 of 12 in the second half.

The Pirates finished eight of 12 at the line.

ECU made just three of 20 attempts from beyond the arc.

"Defensively, we had winning numbers," Lebo said. "We held them to 39 percent, 25 percent from three, 60 points, but offensively, we did not shoot the ball very well from the perimeter. When Brimah is in the game, you have to shoot well from the perimeter.

"We had nobody really shoot it very well from outside. We needed to be eight of 20, nine of 20 (from three) this game."

The Pirates had a 19-15 lead in rebounding at halftime but UConn finished with a 39-35 advantage on the boards.

ECU has a noon tipoff at Central Florida on Saturday, a game that will be shown on ESPNews.

An 83-60 loss at Cincinnati on Wednesday night dropped the Knights to 12-15 overall and 5-11 in the AAC.

ECU took a 67-49 win over UCF in Greenville on Feb. 7 as White scored 21 points and claimed nine rebounds.

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