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Time to deal with tough loss

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CINCINNATI — The schedule will soon compact for East Carolina's 2014 football team with three games in 13 days.

The Pirates will host Tulane on Saturday, Nov. 22 to start the close to the regular season. They'll play at Tulsa the following Friday before returning home to face Central Florida on Thursday, Dec. 4. ... More from Al Myatt...

FROSTY AFFAIR: That masked man bearing up against the bitter cold at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati is East Carolina mike linebacker Zeek Bigger. © [Al Myatt photo]

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GREENVILLE — East Carolina rolled past North Carolina Wesleyan 99-81 to open the 2014-15 basketball season at Williams Arena in Minges Coliseum on Friday night.

The Pirates (1-0) won their first game of the season for the 15th consecutive time.

Freshman B.J. Tyson had 22 points to lead ECU. Sophomore transfer Michel-Ofik Nzege had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Adding 14 points each against the Division III Bishops were Marshall Guilmette, Terry Whisnant and Caleb White.

The visitors were paced by 25 points from Eric Dortch-Jones.

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B.J. Tyson finishes an acrobatic reverse layup against N.C. Wesleyan. The freshman guard led the Pirates in scoring with 22 points. Tyson enrolled at ECU last year but did not join the roster until this season. (W.A. Myatt photo)

Nzege had 10 points during a 31-14 run that pushed ECU's lead to 44-23 with just over two minutes remaining in the first half.

The Pirates led 48-27 at the break.

Wesleyan had a 31-14 run in the second half but the Bishops' momentum was curtailed by three technical fouls in a seven-second span.

After the technical spree, ECU went on a 29-9 run.

The teams shot 76 free throws between them as the officials took control of the contest after the cluster of technicals.

The Pirates converted 36 of 46 at the line while Wesleyan dropped 20 of 30.

ECU takes on UNC-Asheville at 2 p.m. Sunday at home.

11/16/2014 02:11 AM