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ECU SID Game Recap

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Cold shooting dooms Pirates

By Al Myatt
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MIAMI, FL East Carolina was topped 68-64 in a Conference USA basketball contest at Florida International on Saturday as the Pirates made just one of 11 attempts from behind the 3-point arc in the second half.

ECU led 37-33 at intermission as Prince Williams dropped a three from the right corner at the buzzer. Pirate freshman Caleb White tied the score at 51 with a jumper with 11:45 left before a layup by Rakeem Buckles put the Panthers in front to stay at 53-51 with 11:19 to go.

Buckles had two free throws with seven seconds remaining to finish with 18 points. He also collected 11 rebounds and made four steals for the Panthers (10-9, 2-2 C-USA).

Paris Roberts-Campbell had 15 points, seven assists and three steals for ECU (11-7, 0-3) before fouling out with 26 seconds to go. Michael Zangari had 14 points before he fouled out. White had 11 points. Antonio Robinson scored 10 points and had four assists before he exited on fouls.

Foul problems have been a concern for ECU coach Jeff Lebo because of a limited playing rotation.

The Pirates were 14 of 24 on free throws for 58.3 percent.

Florida International hit 16 of 27 field goal attempts in the second half for 59.3 percent. The Panthers finished at 52.2 percent (24 of 46) from the floor for the game.

ECU trailed 66-64 when Akeem Richmond missed a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left.

Richmond was 3-for-9 behind the arc and had nine points.

The Pirates will seek to regroup for a 7 p.m. game Thursday night with Tulane in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

Florida International 68, East Carolina 64

Date: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014
Facility: U.S. Century Bank Arena
Attendance: 1,106
Records: ECU 11-7 (0-3 C-USA); FIU 10-9 (2-2)


East Carolina 37 27 64
Florida Atlantic 33 35 68

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01/19/2014 12:14 AM