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Ruff & Co. have more bricks to lay

East Carolina’s football season came to a disappointing end on Saturday as the Pirates fell to Cincinnati 19-16. It wasn’t the ending this team, especially the seniors, was looking for. ... More from Brian Bailey...

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The Brian Bailey Show airs on Pirate Radio 1250 on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Brian's guests this week were ECU basketball coach Jeff Lebo (left) and Rose football coach David Wojtecki (right): Replay show...



ECU getting 'total package' in Dukes

Mooresville coach Hal Capps didn't hesitate when asked recently if his star defensive lineman Jamil Dukes compared to any players he'd previously coached or competed against. ... More from Sammy Batten...

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In the wake of its last-second, season-ending loss to Cincinnati, injuries and close losses sum up East Carolina's 2015 football campaign. Five of the Pirates' seven losses were by 10 points or less. ... Details and data from Greg Vacek...

>>>  AAC SCOREBOARD  >>> ..... ..... Thursday: USF 44, UCF 3 (ESPN) ..... ..... Friday: Houston 52, Navy 31 (ABC) ..... Tulsa 45, Tulane 34 (ESPNU) ..... ..... Saturday: Memphis 63, SMU 0 (ESPNN) ..... Cincinnati 19, ECU 16 ..... Temple 27, UConn 3 (ESPNU) ..... .....


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UC 19, ECU 16 | Photos... | Audio: Ruff Postgame...

Another Senior Day heartbreaker

GREENVILLE — Cincinnati provided some unwanted deja vu as East Carolina was trying to nail down a bowl bid and send its seniors out in style Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. For the second straight year, a play as time expired was the difference maker in a loss on Senior Day for the Pirates. Andrew Gantz was once again a villain for ECU. ... More from Al Myatt...

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ECU coach Ruffin McNeill spoke with reporters after the Pirates' loss to Cincinnati (recorded by Al Myatt; file photo): Select audio clip...
>>>  AAC SCOREBOARD  >>> ..... ..... Thursday: USF 44, UCF 3 (ESPN) ..... ..... Friday: Houston 52, Navy 31 (ABC) ..... Tulsa 45, Tulane 34 (ESPNU) ..... ..... Saturday: Memphis 63, SMU 0 (ESPNN) ..... Cincinnati 19, ECU 16 ..... Temple 27, UConn 3 (ESPNU) ..... .....


Pirates leave Vegas as winners

LAS VEGAS — East Carolina snapped a three-game losing streak as B.J. Tyson scored 22 points in a 93-73 win over Stetson in the Pirates' final game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational on Friday. ... More...



Kevin's Keys to the Game

Today's game between East Carolina and visiting Cincinnati should be an exciting one between two high-powered offenses. The Pirate offense has been underwhelming most of the year because of key injuries. The Bearcat offense has been good, but not always good enough to overcome deficiencies on defense. ... More from Kevin Monroe...



Little Rock inches past ECU

LAS VEGAS — Arkansas-Little Rock found enough offense in the second half to top East Carolina 54-46 in a Las Vegas Invitational defensive battle at Orleans Arena on Thursday. The Pirates led 23-15 at the half. ... More...


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GREENVILLE — East Carolina never trailed in a 74-48 nonconference win over Florida Atlantic on Tuesday night.

A 3-pointer by Caleb White put the Pirates ahead 5-2 with 16 minutes left in the first half and ECU (4-3) led the rest of the way.

The margin grew to 18-3 on a drive by Grant Bryant with 9:25 to go in the opening half.

Bryant played 20 minutes with Michel Nzege out with an ankle injury and scored 12 points. Bryant made six of eight field goal attempts.

Nzege may be back as the Pirates host South Carolina-Upstate, 1-7 going into a game with Clemson tonight, on Friday at 7 p.m. The Spartans are coached by Eddie Payne, who guided ECU to the NCAA Tournament in 1993.

The Pirates got a game-high 15 points from B.J. Tyson, who has come on in wins in the last two outings to show the scoring ability he exhibited last year as a freshman. Tyson also has demonstrated the offseason work he did to finish more efficiently with his right hand.

"We didn't settle for jump shots," said ECU coach Jeff Lebo. "We started the second half with five layups off of drives."

Tyson made seven of nine field goal attempts as the Pirates were 32 of 59 from the field for 54.2 percent. Tyson also had a game-high nine rebounds.

White was two for three on 3-pointers as ECU was five for 13 behind the arc for 38.5 percent.

Lebo also liked the ratio of 23 assists to 11 turnovers. White had 10 points, five assists and five rebounds as the Pirates had a 41-31 advantage on the boards.

ECU extended its lead to 30 points twice in the second half, at 55-25 as Charles Foster assisted Bryant at 12:08 and at 68-38 with 3:32 to go as Clarence Williams scored on a feed from White.

The Owls defeated the Pirates 72-63 on Dec. 3 last season in Boca Raton, FL.

Georgia Tech transfer Soloman Poole led FAU (1-5) with 11 points.

Prince Williams had seven points and four assists. Freshman Kentrell Barkley had six points and six rebounds. Lance Tejada contributed six points and three assists.

Foster finished with five points. Mike Zangari and Clarence Williams had four points each. Clarence Williams also had four rebounds and three assists. Kanu Aja pulled down four rebounds and scored two points.

Deng Riak blocked a shot and grabbed three rebounds.

Former manager Drew Bost gave the crowd of 3,763 a reason to cheer as he sank a three in the closing minutes.

12/04/2015 02:22 AM