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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

By Brian Bailey

Pirates get set for bowl trip

By Brian Bailey
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Conference USA will make the official announcement later today. East Carolina will be the league’s representative in the Military Bowl in Washington, DC, on December 29th at RFK Stadium.

The Pirates will play an Atlantic Coast Conference team in the game. That team probably won’t be known until after the ACC championship game this weekend in Charlotte.

“We are really looking forward to the Pirate fans coming to D.C.,” said Military Bowl Executive Director Steve Beck.

“If the invitation is extended,” he added, probably smiling. I know he was winking.

Bowl games have really never been very well kept secrets. Both the Military Bowl and East Carolina brass were preparing for the upcoming ticket rush and all of the planning on Monday. The announcement will come today.

Pirate coach Ruffin McNeill had hoped for a later bowl game. The Military Bowl is the latest among the games considering East Carolina. Both the New Orleans Bowl and the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl are before Christmas.

The Pirates will probably leave sometime Christmas Day. The team has a commitment with the Military Bowl that night to open bowl week.

This will be the third game in the history of this bowl in Washington, DC. Wake Forest beat Navy 29-19 two years ago. Last year, UCLA defeated Temple 30-21.

The game will be telecast on ESPN on December 29th at 2:30 p.m.

Pirate women split in Invitational

The East Carolina women lost to 23rd-ranked Maryland to open the Pirate Invitational on Friday, but then came back to beat Massachusetts on Sunday.

East Carolina knocked down a record a school record 13 three-point field goals in taking care of UMass 97-83 Sunday afternoon at Williams Arena.

Allison Spivey and Kelly Smith combined for eight of the triples. Spivey led ECU with 16 points.

“I knew it was just a matter of time before we started shooting the ball better,” said first year coach Heather Macy. “It was so good to see Allison Spivey and Kelly Smith making some threes. This was really the first game that they’ve gotten hot like that. It’s such a difference because it really spreads the floor.”

Against Maryland the Pirates missed 24 opportunities to score after steals. The Pirates lost that game 76-60 on Friday.

“That is the difference in how we play,” added Macy. “If we can convert when we get deflections and touches then it really opens up the game. I’m really pleased with the 97 points, the way that we shot it. Our effort was much, much better.”

Macy likes where her team is headed after splitting their first six games.

“I really just think that the team is jelling,” she said. “They are really starting to play and to execute much better. I think that’s what you saw with the assists. They are learning where their teammates want the basketball, getting those opportunities and finishing those opportunities.”

Morrow bounces back

East Carolina men’s Coach Jeff Lebo wasn’t particularly happy with the play of his big man, Darrius Morrow, after the Pirates' win over Lenoir-Rhyne.

Lebo questioned Morrow’s stamina. He said he was out of shape. Lebo pushed his junior forward.

That nudging paid dividends on Saturday afternoon as the Pirates beat UNC-Greensboro 81-53.

Morrow led the Pirates with 21 points. He was 7-8 from the field.

“I was very pleased with our effort tonight,” said Lebo after the game. “I think that is as well as we’ve played maybe this year both offensively and defensively. We were well balanced tonight.

"I thought Darius was terrific. We got him the ball. He finished in there. He got to the foul line. He was good.”

Morrow was a much different player on Saturday. He worked to get the basketball. That work must continue.

“We have to establish him inside,” added Lebo. “Post players have to learn that every time they are open they aren’t going to get the ball. They’ve got to continue to work. They can’t get disappointed when they don’t get it. Our guys did a nice job of finding him tonight.”

Next up for Lebo and company is the rematch with Charlotte on Wednesday night at Williams Arena.

The 49ers beat East Carolina 74-63 at the Charleston Classic just two weeks ago.


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