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Henry's Highlights
Thursday, January 29, 2004

By Henry Hinton
Broadcaster & Owner of Greenville Cable 7

Pirates down but not out


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Listening to Bill Herrion after the Wednesday night 80-57 Pirate drubbing at the hands of the Cincinnati Bearcats, you got the feeling that the East Carolina coach is searching for the silver lining. You also got the feeling that he may well find it.

The Pirates are severely undermanned in a league that continues to pour it on and be extremely difficult even for teams which are at full strength.

Consider the Pirates’ plight in having to go through this league stretch run without three-year scoring leader Gabe Mikulas — and now without Corey Rouse, who stayed in Greenville after suffering a concussion in practice on Tuesday.

Add to those losses a plethora of lost minutes from Erroyl Bing, Frank Robinson and Mike Cook due to bang-ups and cramps, and all of a sudden Herrion could look hexed.

Still, Herrion is able to find some positives in the loss at the Shumaker Center.

“I can’t dispute the effort that we gave tonight,” said Herrion in his post game radio comments. “Our kids didn’t quit. They fought and played hard. We are coming off an absolutely brutal stretch.”

Herrion, of course, is right. Five of the six conference games ECU has played have been against the top teams in Conference USA (read some of the best teams in America). Don’t forget that the Pirates have also played two nationally-ranked teams in the last two weeks.

“These kids could have folded their tent but they have not quit”, Herrion said. “Now,we have to find a way to win a game.”

The ECU coach did not remind us that his team is on a seven-game slide right now, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. While the upcoming games still feature a virtual who’s who of college basketball, the brutal January stretch is now over.

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ECU has only played in Williams Arena twice since the year began. Saturday night’s game with DePaul could offer some new life.

That game will start a stretch of, if you will excuse the expression, “winnable” games for the Pirates that include a pair of matches with South Florida and home games with Charlotte, Memphis, Tulane and Texas Christian, along with a Valentine’s Day visit to UAB.

“We’re not that far off,” Herrion says. “Now we have to just go win a game.”

Positive words from a guy who could easily pack it in at this point. The Pirate head coach knows he must maintain belief if he expects his team and its fans to do the same.

Saturday night will be a great opportunity for ECU fans to show up to display to this team that they understand the struggle and intend to help Herrion and crew find a way to get through a difficult period.

It is not too late for a turnaround for this team. But with an 8-8 record and no wins in the league, Herrion knows it is now or never.

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