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Frosty wings leave Pirates short

By Al Myatt
©2007 Bonesville.net
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GREENVILLE — Sophomore post players John Fields and Gabe Blair did their best to offset East Carolina's cold outside shooting but it wasn't enough in a 71-67 loss to UNC Wilmington in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum on Saturday night.

Fields had a career high 26 points on 13 of 17 shooting from the floor. Blair added 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for ECU (4-6).

"If you had told me our two wing guards (Sam Hinnant and Cory Farmer) would go a combined 1-for-15, I wouldn't have thought it would be a close game," said ECU coach Mack McCarthy.

Although UNCW (8-4) shot 50 percent from the floor (25-50), 50 percent behind the arc (7-14) and 82.4 percent at the foul line (14-17), the Pirates hoisted a pair of 3-point attempts in the final seconds that would have tied the score. Hinnant and Darrell Jenkins both missed.

Todd Hendley rebounded for the Seahawks with 5.1 seconds left. Hendley was fouled and made his first free throw to seal the win. Hendley totaled 15 points and nine rebounds.

Daniel Fountain had 16 points to lead UNCW and combined with T.J. Carter to put the defensive clamps on Hinnant, who had a career high 30 points in ECU's last game, a 75-69 win over N.C. State on Dec. 8.

ECU will host Lee University, an NAIA team from Cleveland, TN, at 7 p.m. on Dec. 29.

BOX SCORE

UNC-WILMINGTON 71, EAST CAROLINA 67

Date: Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007.
Site: Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum, Greenville, NC.
Attendance:  4,422.
Officials: Kyle Neve, Terry Moore, Emmanuel Upton.
Technical Fouls: None.

SCORE BY PERIODS     1   2  FINAL
UNC-Wilmington      40  31 -   71
East Carolina       37  30 -   67

UNC-WILMINGTON (8-4)
PLAYER                  FG   3PT    FT   R  PTS  MIN
Hendley.............. 6-10   0-0   3-4   9   15   34
Kuljanin.............  3-6   0-0   2-3  10    8   34
Carter............... 4-11   1-2   2-2   2   11   29
Fountain............. 6-10   3-6   1-2   2   16   35
Tomko................  2-8   1-3   4-4   4    9   32
Downey...............  0-0   0-0   0-0   0    0    2
Jeralds..............  0-0   0-0   2-2   1    2    8
Sheets...............  2-3   2-3   0-0   0    6   14
Lacy.................  2-2   0-0   0-0   1    4   12
TEAM.................                    4
TOTALS.............. 25-50  7-14 14-17  33   71  200
PERCENT.............. .500  .500  .824

EAST CAROLINA (4-6)
PLAYER                  FG   3PT    FT   R  PTS  MIN
Gagnon...............  0-1   0-0   0-0   0    0   10
Blair................  4-8   0-0   5-6  11   13   29
Farmer...............  0-8   0-4   1-4   1    1   35
Hinnant..............  1-7   1-5   2-2   4    5   32
Jenkins..............  4-8   2-4   0-1   1   10   33
Legan................  2-3   1-2   0-0   1    5    6
Young................  0-1   0-1   0-0   0    0   11
Abrams...............  1-1   0-0   5-6   4    7   11
Fields...............13-17   0-0   0-2   5   26   28
Wynn.................  0-0   0-0   0-0   0    0    2
Evans................  0-1   0-0   0-0   0    0    3
TEAM.................                    4
TOTALS.............. 25-55  4-16 13-21  31   67  200
PERCENT.............  .455  .250  .619
 

PAGE UPDATED 12/23/07 08:10 AM.

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