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Pirates fall to South Florida

Next: ECU at SMU

Sunday | 2 pm | TV: ESPNN



Pirates primed for encore and more

Ol' Gomer Pyle would have smiled from ear to ear and hollered out: “Surprise, surprise, surprise!” That's how East Carolina's baseball team celebrated its 2015 American Athletic Conference championship last season. Nobody expected the Pirates, with a first-year coach, to post 40 victories and walk off with the league's top trophy. ... More from Woody Peele...

Pictured: Projected opening day starter Evan Kruczynski deals last season in a solid performance against No. 2 Virginia. The junior lefthander posted an 8-4 record with a 3.17 ERA in 2015. (Photo by W.A. Myatt)

Next: Longwood at East Carolina | Friday, 4 pm



Snow signals baseball season

Ice and snow… Freezing temperatures… Welcome to baseball season at East Carolina! The Pirates opened game week on Monday with freezing rain falling, causing treacherous driving conditions all over eastern North Carolina. ... 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 was ECU assistant baseball coach Jeff Palumbo: Replay show...



Walk waived in Wave win

A photographic trail indicates that the outcome of last Wednesday's East Carolina-Tulane game may have been different if the officiating crew had blown the whistle on a pivotal play by the Green Wave's Louis Dabney. The play in question, which prevented the Pirates from winning in regulation, set the stage for Tulane to prevail in extra periods. ... More, including a 10-frame animation...



Bearcat bigs help turn back ECU

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. ... More...



Howe a prize catch for Pirates

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...

Thumbnails: ECU's recruiting class of 2016...



Green Wave sinks Pirates in triple OT

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)

Post-game audio: Lebo, Conroy, Williams, Barkley...

Next: ECU at Cincinnati | Saturday | 4 pm | TV: ESPNU


By Al Myatt
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GREENVILLE — South Florida had a 13-2 run Tuesday night after East Carolina had taken an initial 5-0 lead and the Bulls went on to a 69-52 American Athletic Conference win in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

The visitors went ahead to stay at 6-5 on a layup with 15:01 left in the first half by Jahmal McMurray, who led USF (6-21, 3-11) with 21 points.

The Pirates fell to 10-16 overall and 2-11 in the league with their fifth straight loss.

Shooting struggles were a big factor for ECU, which made 18 of 53 field goal attempts (34 percent), seven of 23 behind the arc (30.4 percent) and nine of 19 at the line (47.4 percent).

"We couldn't make a shot," said Pirates coach Jeff Lebo. "Even at the end of the game, when they weren't even trying to guard us, we couldn't make a shot.

"We've got to make 10 or 12 threes against a team that's zoning us because we're limited inside."

ECU frontcourt players Michel Nzege, Kanu Aja, Clarence Williams and Mike Zangari combined for four points in a total of 54 minutes.

Only one Pirate managed to shoot better than 50 percent, sophomore guard Lance Tejada, who made his lone attempt, a 3-pointer.

Caleb White led ECU with 13 points. Freshman Kentrell Barkley had 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

The Pirates were within 44-41 after a jumper by Barkley with 13:25 to go.

Prince Williams and B.J. Tyson added nine points each in the setback.

Nehemias Morillo had 18 points for USF. Jaleel Cousins had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

"Give them credit," Lebo said. "Late in the clock, their guards made key jump shots. They made key plays.

"They really hurt us on the glass, too."

The Bulls led 44-30 in rebounding. USF held a 34-20 advantage in points in the paint.

ECU has some time to regroup for a 2 p.m. game Sunday at Southern Methodist. The Mustangs are 21-3 overall and 9-3 in the AAC going into a Thursday night game at Connecticut (18-7, 8-4).

SMU won 79-55 at ECU on Jan. 13.

02/17/2016 01:45 AM