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CHRONICLING ECU & C-USA SPORTS
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View from the 'ville
Thursday, March 6, 2008

By Al Myatt

Hoops squad builds on momentum

By Al Myatt
©2008 Bonesville.net
All rights reserved.

East Carolina had dropped 23 straight league road games and the chances of breaking that streak didn't appear likely when the Pirates trailed host Rice 33-25 with 3:36 left in the first half on Wednesday night.

But ECU came back and went ahead to stay when Sam Hinnant hit a three-pointer with 12:53 remaining that launched the Pirates on their way to a 75-68 Conference USA win in Houston.

Gabe Blair, who had 19 points and 13 rebounds, assisted Hinnant on the go-ahead hoop, which put the Pirates ahead 47-45. The play was part of a 15-2 run in which Pirates freshman guard Brock Young scored seven of his nine points.

Hinnant and Cory Farmer had 12 points each for ECU.

Owls senior forward Patrick Britton finished with a career high 40 points as his club slipped to 3-25 overall and 0-15 in league play. Britton made 14 of 18 field goal attempts and converted 12 of 15 from the free throw line.

Injuries have plagued Rice, which has lost two players that were leading the team in scoring. Paulius Packevicius went out in late January with a knee injury after averaging 11.1 points and 9.8 rebounds. Junior guard Rodney Foster, who was averaging 11.0 points and 3.1 assists, was lost for the season when he sustained a broken hand in practice on Tuesday.

Notably absent for the Pirates was sophomore forward John Fields, who was averaging 14.8 points in the last four games. Fields' grandmother died Tuesday and he left the team to attend the funeral today in Danville, VA. He is expected to rejoin the Pirates for the last game of the regular season at Tulane on Saturday night.

The win at Rice assured ECU (11-17, 5-10 C-USA) of its highest seeding ever for the C-USA Tournament, which starts Wednesday, March 12 in Memphis. The Pirates' five league wins matches their previous best campaigns. The 2001-02 team went 5-11 in the program's first season in C-USA and the 2003-04 team posted a 5-11 league mark.

The 2003-04 Pirates were the only other ECU team to have won three straight in C-USA, beating Tulane, Texas Christian and former member South Florida in successive February starts.

ECU made 21 of 24 free throws (87.5 percent) and its bench outscored Rice subs 25-6 as the Pirates swept the regular-season series from the Owls. The official attendance figure of 1,172 might have been a bit generous. From the Internet video feed, it appeared that the players outnumbered the fans.

BOX SCORE

EAST CAROLINA 75, RICE 68

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2008.
Site: Leonard E. Merrell Center; Katy, Texas.
Attendance:  1,172.
Officials: Duke Edsall, Gerry Pollard, Winston Stith.
Technical Fouls: ECU - Blair; Rice -Braimoh.

SCORE BY PERIODS     1   2  FINAL
East Carolina       31  44 -   75
Rice                35  33 -   68

EAST CAROLINA (11-17, 5-10 C-USA)
PLAYER                  FG   3PT    FT   R  PTS  MIN
Gagnon f.............  1-4   0-1   3-4   4    5   18
Blair f.............. 7-11   0-0   5-6  13   19   32
Farmer g.............  4-8   0-1   4-4   0   12   33
Hinnant g............ 3-10   3-8   3-3   2   12   32
Jenkins g............  1-4   0-0   0-0   1    2   30
Legan................  1-4   1-4   0-1   0    3   13
Young................  3-3   0-0   3-3   0    9   10
Abrams...............  1-4   0-1   2-2   2    4   16
Wynn.................  4-5   0-0   1-1   2    9   16
TEAM.................                    5
Totals...............25-53  4-15 21-24  29   75  200
PERCENT.............. .472  .267  .875

RICE (3-25, 0-15 C-USA)
PLAYER                  FG   3PT    FT   R  PTS  MIN
Britton f............14-18   0-1 12-15   4   40   38
Perka f.............. 6-12   0-2   0-0   6   12   33
Saunders c...........  2-5   0-0   0-0   2    4   12
Beasley g............  0-1   0-1   0-0   2    0   32
Ghoram g.............  3-8   0-1   0-0   4    6   24
Braimoh..............  2-5   0-0   0-0   2    4   21
Beasley..............  0-2   0-0   0-2   4    0   21
Szalay...............  0-1   0-1   0-0   1    0   10
Talbert..............  0-0   0-0   2-2   0    2    9
TEAM.................                    5
Totals...............27-52   0-6 14-19  30   68  200
PERCENT.............  .519  .000  .737

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