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Bailey's Take on Pirate Sports

From the Anchor Desk
Friday, January 31, 2003
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9

Postseason hopes ride on curing road curse

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How can a team look so good in beating a quality opponent at home, and then look so bad in getting pummeled by that same team on the road?

I got that question time after time after East Carolina’s 80-48 loss to Marquette on Wednesday night.

I just shook my head.

That inspiring upset win over the Golden Eagles in a wild and crazy Williams Arena only a month ago seemed light years away.

As for Bill Herrion, I think he is ready to pull his hair out!

"We beat them in Greenville right after Christmas, and I'm sure there was payback on their mind, no doubt about it,'' said the East Carolina coach. "We got thoroughly outplayed... . in every aspect of the game.''

Herrion’s success is based on defense. That “D” was practically non-existent against the Golden Eagles in this return game in Milwaukee.

Dwayne Wade scored 17 of his 25 points in the first half.
In the second half, Marquette made nine of their first eleven shots. Those nine baskets included a trio of dunks. Those dunks are high percentage shots. The Pirates never recovered.

I talked with Coach Herrion for several minutes before the Pirates left for Marquette. It’s obvious that the most frustrating part about building this program in Conference USA is his team’s inability to win on the road.

“This is a great league with outstanding teams,” said Herrion. “It is very difficult to win any game, but especially on the road.”

As I’ve said on a couple of occasions, the key to the postseason is somehow stealing a couple of wins on the road.

But unfortunately, this team appears to be losing confidence away from Williams Arena, rather then gaining it.

Still, nobody works harder at anything then Bill Herrion. I’m convinced that if anyone can turn these road woes around, it’s Herrion.

Kinston tragedy puts sports in perspective

Sometimes we get lost in this world of wins and losses, of momentum and scoring droughts, of miracle plays and magical finishes.

Our entire nation had its eyes on Kinston, North Carolina, with the tragedy at the West Pharmaceutical Plant.

Three people were killed and dozens of others were injured in the explosion.

As bad as it was, it could have been much worse.

Parrott Academy was holding classes just down the street. The videotape of the children leaving school with the huge cloud of black smoke over their heads was riveting.

Several local radio stations started raising money for the victims shortly after the tragedy. It reminded me of the flood of 1999, and the way so many gave so much to those victims.

The outpouring of help makes me proud to call Eastern Carolina home.

At ECU, it’s all about Pirates supporting Pirates. This time it was Eastern Carolinians supporting Eastern Carolinians.

In a way I guess it also reminds us of what is really important — that life is so precious. It can literally be taken away in the blink of any eye.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those suffering from the West Pharmaceutical tragedy.

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