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Pirates ride Rouse to win over Billikens

By The Associated Press

GREENVILLE — Corey Rouse had 13 points and 13 rebounds as East Carolina beat Saint Louis 60-53 for its first Conference USA win of the season Wednesday.

The victory snapped a six-game losing streak for the Pirates (6-13, 1-6).

Mike Cook led the East Carolina with 15 points. Rouse got his seventh double-double of the year despite being limited to eight minutes in the first half due to foul trouble.

Josh King came off the bench to score 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting from behind the 3-point line.

East Carolina scored the first basket, but Saint Louis (5-13, 3-3) scored 10 of the next 12 points and led the rest of the first half, taking a 33-28 lead at the intermission.

Consecutive baskets by Rouse to start the second half pulled East Carolina within a point.

Moussa Badiane gave the Pirates the lead for good on a layup just 61 seconds into the second half. Badiane finished the game with eight points and blocked three shots to move within one of the Conference USA career blocks record.

After allowing Saint Louis to shoot more than 56 percent from the field in the first half, East Carolina held the Billikens to just 23.1 percent shooting (6-of-26) after halftime.

The Pirates outrebounded SLU 48-31, hauling down 18 offensive boards in the process.

Izik Ohanon led the Billikens with 20 points. Reggie Bryant was the only other SLU player to reach double figures with 15 points.

ECU's next game is Saturday when it hosts Charlotte at 1 p.m.

BOX SCORE

EAST CAROLINA 60, SAINT LOUIS 53

Records: ECU 6-13, 1-6 C-USA; SLU 5-13, 3-3.
Halftime: Saint Louis 33-28.

SAINT LOUIS
Name           FG      FT   Pts
Ohanon       9-14     2-2    20
Newborne      0-2     0-2     0
Vouyoukas     3-4     2-3     8
Polk          0-3     0-0     0
Bryant       5-17     4-4    15
Brown         2-4     3-4     7
Drejaj        0-3     3-6     3
Johnson       0-2     0-0     0
Meyer         0-0     0-0     0
Husak         0-0     0-0     0
Totals      19-49   14-21    53

EAST CAROLINA
Name           FG      FT   Pts
Rouse        6-12     1-3    13
Badiane       2-8     4-5     8
McNeil        1-6     1-2     4
Hammonds      1-9     0-0     3
Cook         6-15     2-4    15
Gagnon        0-2     0-0     0
King          3-6     2-2    11
Hart          1-1     0-1     2
Castro        2-2     0-2     4
Totals      22-61   10-19    60

3-Point goals: Saint Louis 1-12 (Bryant 1-10, Polk 0-2); East Carolina 6-19 (King 3-6, McNeil 1-2, Cook 1-3, Hammonds 1-5, Rouse 0-1, Gagnon 0-2).

Fouled out: Badiane.

Rebounds: Saint Louis 31 (Vouyoukas 8); East Carolina 48 (Rouse 13).

Assists: Saint Louis 10 (Brown 4); East Carolina 12 (Cook 5).

Total fouls: Saint Louis 20, East Carolina 20.

Technical fouls: Drejaj, Rouse.

Attendance: 4,762.

 

02/23/07 10:56 AM

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