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Hussein Howe may not be a football prodigy, but he certainly was ahead of his time at University Christian High School. Howe was so talented as an eighth grader at the private school of about 700 students in Jacksonville, FL, that coach David Penland promoted him to the varsity squad near the end of the 2011 season. ... More from Sammy Batten...

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GREENVILLE The East Carolina basketball team must have a stout heart because it got broken again on Wednesday night. The Pirates' latest venture into disappointment was a 100-92 triple overtime loss to Tulane in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. ECU slipped to 10-14 overall and 2-9 in the American Athletic Conference despite leading 49-36 with 14 minutes left in regulation. The Pirates had a five-point advantage in the last two minutes of the first extra period. ... Story & pictures...

Pictured: Tulane's Louis Dabney had 32 points in the Green Wave's triple OT win over East Carolina Wednesday night, including this hoop at the end of regulation that sent the game into extra periods. (Photo by Al Myatt)

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The American Athletic Conference featured three offenses ranked among the nation's top 18 in passing yardage in 2015. Five of the league's starting quarterbacks whose passing yardage was among the top 45 statistically are scheduled to be back next fall. ... More from Sammy Batten...


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East Carolina's recruiting class of 2016 has expanded to 23 with a post-signing day letter of intent from Bremen (GA) High School kicker/punter Jake Verity. The Pirates beat out UAB for Verity, who booted a 63-year field goal last season. ... Thumbnail sketches...


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Pirate baseball opens with banquet

For the second straight year it was my honor to serve as emcee for the East Carolina Pirates baseball banquet, held this past Saturday at Williams Arena. Some 400 fans packed the arena to get set for the upcoming baseball season. ... More from Brian Bailey...

Memorabilia at ECU's Baseball Banquet. (Submitted photo)

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CINCINNATI Octavius Ellis and Gary Clark each had double-doubles to lead Cincinnati to a 75-60 American Athletic Conference win over East Carolina before 12,513 at Fifth Third Arena on Saturday.

The 6-feet, 10-inch Ellis presented matchup problems with16 points and 11 rebounds as the Bearcats improved to 19-7 overall and 9-4 in the league.

Clark, a 6-7 product of Clayton (NC) High School, finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Ellis and Clark each had four assists as the scoring load was shared on both teams.

Five players scored in double figures for Cincinnati and four reached double digits for ECU (10-15, 2-10).

Kevin Johnson scored 13 points in the win. Troy Caupain had 12 points and six assists for the Bearcats. Jacob Evans added 10 points.

The Pirates were led by senior point guard Prince Williams, who had 15 points and five rebounds. Caleb White came off the bench for 13 points. B.J. Tyson had 12 points, three assists and three steals.

Freshman Kentrell Barkley contributed 11 points, five rebounds and four assists for ECU.

Mike Zangari had seven points and a team-high six rebounds in the losing cause. Clarence Williams contributed two points and five rebounds in 18 minutes.

The Pirates were coming off a 100-92 triple overtime loss to Tulane at home on Wednesday night but regrouped to battle effectively until the hosts expanded a five-point lead to as many as 17 points over the last 6:41.

"We did some good things on the road in a tough environment against a really-good team that is really hard to score on," said ECU coach Jeff Lebo. "We got good play from our perimeter players. We went nose-to-nose with them at those spots. We were just a little out-manned there at the four and five spots. They took advantage of us there."

Cincinnati held a 37-30 rebounding advantage. The Bearcats made 29 of 60 field goal attempts for 48.3 percent, including eight of 27 behind the arc for 29.6 percent. Ellis was seven of nine from the floor and Clark hit six of eight from the field. The hosts made nine of 12 free throws (75 percent).

ECU was 22 of 58 overall on field goal shooting (37.9 percent), offsetting that by going nine of 22 on threes (40.9 percent). The Pirates were seven of 11 at the line for 63.6 percent.

ECU committed 12 turnovers to 10 for Cincinnati, which will visit the Pirates on Feb. 27.

ECU hosts South Florida on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Bulls are 5-20 overall and 2-10 in the league going into a matchup at Temple (15-8, 9-3) at 3 p.m. today.

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