TAKE ON PIRATE SPORTS
Tuesday, January 29,
Toughest of losses
in more ways than one
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This one will sting
for a while.
East Carolina led
Texas-El Paso most of the game and had a two-point advantage after
Miguel Paul’s driving layup with 4.4 seconds to play.
After a time out, the
Miners raced the basketball down the floor and McKenzie Moore fired up a
long three pointer that swished through the net.
Just like that,
victory turned into defeat. A
win, a huge league win at home against one of Conference USA’s best, was
suddenly a heartbreaking loss.
UTEP 68, East Carolina
67 was the final score. The loss will certainly sting for a while.
"It was a heck of a
basketball game and heartbreaking loss for us," said ECU coach Jeff
Lebo. "You kind of feel like you have it, and then getting it taken away
from you like that is tough.”
UTEP coach Tim Floyd,
who was ejected from the game in his last visit to East Carolina, knew
his team was fortunate to win.
“I feel very fortunate
obviously,” said Floyd. “Anytime you make one like that to end, you just
feel like you’ve got a horse-shoe up your tail. We threw one in and it
was great, a great win and a very spirited locker room obviously. Our
young team needed something like that.”
certainly didn’t need one like that.
"We've had some
emotional and exciting wins here and I thought we might be able to pull
off another one here in this game,” he said. “Give them credit, they
made the play at the end, a 35-footer at the buzzer."
East Carolina trailed
for only 53 seconds of the game. The Pirates had their chance, despite
playing shorthanded late.
Four players had early
exits from the game. Ty Armstrong and Marshall Guilmette fouled out.
Robert Sampson went down with a knee injury that could sideline him for
a while. Shamarr Bowden was whistled for a flagrant foul and ejected
after throwing a couple of punches at UTEP's Konner Tucker.
“I thought we’d be
able to pull off another one (an exciting win at home) here in this
game... and overcoming a lot of adversity with not having guys," said
Lebo. "Robert gets hurt, Ty Armstrong fouled out and Shamarr's flagrant
two, so he’s out of the game.
“We have four guys
that are out but found a way to make some plays at the end. But give
them credit. They make the play at the end with a 35-footer at the
buzzer. We had opportunities in the last few possessions. We are up four
and missed a shot and can’t come up with the rebound. They get the ball
back with maybe 20-30 seconds to go, they run an inbounds play and get
"Those kinds of plays
are ones you have to be able to finish them off. We couldn’t get the
ball that we needed to just finish off the game and that was
Bowden's one-two punch
had repercussions within the program on Monday. The senior guard from
Greensboro was suspended for one game by Lebo, a punishment that was
accepted by Conference USA.
"I'm very disappointed in Shamarr's
actions Saturday night," Lebo stated in a press release from the
school's athletics media relations office. "There is no place for that
in our sport and we don't tolerate it in our program.
"His behavior was very uncharacteristic,
but unfortunately he let his emotions get the best of him. Shamarr is
very remorseful about his conduct and understands the consequences. I
know he'll use this as a constructive learning experience to become a
better player and better man."
Bowden was contrite over the incident
"I apologize to Konner [Tucker] for my
actions Saturday night," Bowden stated. "I also apologize to the Miners,
my coaches, my teammates, fellow students and the fans. I'm deeply sorry
for losing my composure and not controlling my emotions. In the future I
will continue to compete hard and display better sportsmanship toward
The play occurred with
12:30 to play. Guilmette slammed home a follow shot and hung on to the
rim to avoid the players below. Bowden threw two punches at Tucker that
were caught on camera and played over and over on the game broadcast.
The Pirates have no
time to sulk. Memphis comes to town on Wednesday night, and the Tigers
are unbeaten in Conference USA play.
Often it’s how teams
handle defeat that determines how much success they have down the
The Pirates have
another great opportunity on Wednesday night. Memphis is 16-3 on the
season and 5-0 in Conference USA.
It’s yet another
chance to make some real noise in the league as February beckons.
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