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Storming the court after a big Pirate win in basketball is
becoming a habit at East Carolina.
ECU played in front of a sellout crowd for the first time
since 1969 on Monday night, and beat 13th ranked Marquette 73-70.
It had the atmosphere of a tournament championship game in
March. Yet it was played on the next to the last day of December.
“To get a sellout with the students out of school, maybe
basketball has arrived at East Carolina,” said Coach Bill Herrion. “The fans
deserve a lot of credit, and we certainly appreciate all of their support.
But, we need this same type of support on Thursday when we play Pembroke.”
Herrion and the Pirates continue to reap the benefits of the
bookend big men that came in together two seasons ago. Gabriel Mikulas
scored 22 points and grabbed eleven rebounds. Erroyl Bing countered with 16
points and nine rebounds.
I don’t think there are two better players or better people
to build a program around. These two have already helped take East Carolina
to places the school has never gone in basketball.
I’m looking forward to the trip as it continues!
Doing it the right way
A lot of coaches say they want to do it “the right way.”
Bill Herrion is living out that noble theory.
Travis Holcomb-Faye dressed for the Marquette game, but did
not play. Holcomb-Faye has improved his academic standing enough to return
to the game. However, I think that Herrion really wanted to win this one
without his senior point guard to send the rest of the team a message.
That message, of course, started with Holcomb-Faye’s
suspension. The word was clear — keep up with the academics, or turn in the
Holcomb-Faye has made progress, and may see action in the
Pembroke game on Thursday night.
Interesting post-game shake
Lost in the hoopla of East Carolina’s win over Marquette was
the post-game handshake between Coach Herrion and Marquette coach Tom Crean.
I noticed on the videotape that it looked like there was a little bit of an
argument between the two.
I asked Coach Herrion about it and he said that it was
really nothing. He said the two shared a quick handshake, and then Crean
told Herrion that he didn’t appreciate the Pirate coach trying to get a
technical foul called on Crean during the game for leaving the coaches box.
Herrion told me he was really just working the official and
knew that Crean wouldn’t get a technical foul.
I think that Crean's frustration at two straight losses in
Greenville had something to do with the incident.
Herrion assured me that it was no big deal, that he really
likes Crean as a coach. Crean will get another shot at Herrion and the
Pirates on January 29th on the Golden Eagles' home floor.
Happy New Years
Here’s hoping the Pirates bring in 2003 just like they took
out 2002. This is a team that has to play with a chip on its shoulder to be
effective. Losses to George Mason and Coastal Carolina proved that.
Winning on the road will also be a key. The Pirates get
their first Conference USA road test a week from Saturday, visiting
Congratulations, Pirates on giving us another game at
Williams Arena that we will never forget. It’s beginning to become a habit!