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Tulane's Jay Hook made three 3-pointers in the last 2:43 to lift the
Green Wave to a 59-54 Conference USA win over East Carolina in Williams
Arena at Minges Coliseum on Thursday night.
The Pirates dropped to 0-4
in the league and 11-8 overall with an inability to finish that has
become a recurring problem.
"More of the same," said
fourth-year Pirates coach Jeff Lebo. "Five minutes (left) in the game
and we couldn't make the plays. Give them credit. They made 'em. Hook
makes three threes. He hadn't made one all night and he makes three
really timely ones."
Hook came into the game
hitting a Wave-high 45.2 percent from 3-point land.
"Hook took over the game,"
Lebo said. " ... They made winning plays there at the end. They made
The first triple from Hook
gave Tulane (11-9, 3-2 C-USA) a 51-49 lead. His second bomb pushed the
advantage to 54-49 with 1:36 remaining.
"It wasn't like anybody
missed an assignment," said sophomore big Michael Zangari. "The kid just
hit tough shots. It's hard to recover from that."
With the shot clock about to
run out Hook delivered his final dagger from the right side to put ECU
in a 57-51 hole with 22 seconds to go.
"We did all we could
defensively," Lebo said. "Held them in the 50s. We just, offensively,
didn't have enough firepower."
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|Tulane's Jay Hook knocks down his
third three-pointer in a row as the shot clock expired late
in the game, putting the Green Wave ahead 57-51.
Photo by W.A. Myatt. ©Bonesville.net.
The Pirates' short rotation
got even shorter with freshman Brandan Stith, the team's top rebounder
at 8.7 per game, out with a concussion. Lebo said Stith would be
evaluated today. ECU hosts Southern Miss on Saturday at 7 p.m. The
Golden Eagles (17-3, 4-1) handed Old Dominion (9-10, 3-1) its first
C-USA loss, 75-60, in Norfolk on Thursday night.
The Pirates finished at 36
percent from the field for the game, making 18 of 50 shots. Akeem
Richmond and freshman Caleb White had 14 points each to lead ECU.
Richmond was four for 13 on threes, the only Pirate to connect from
behind the arc. Paris Roberts-Campbell added 10 points. Zangari had
eight points and a team-high seven rebounds. Prince Williams had six
Richmond each had four assists. Antonio Robinson didn't score in 29
minutes, missing two shots from the floor and failing to get to the
ECU made 14 of 17 free
throws for 82.4 percent, the only area of shooting in which the Pirates
offensively, is not there," Lebo said. "For us, right now, we don't have
anywhere to go but a couple of guys. There were untimely turnovers (14
for the game) sometimes when we wanted to run."
Lebo was pleased that his
various defenses kept Tulane to a low number of points.
"We've been scoring the
ball," he said. "When you're struggling, you fix something and maybe
something else pops out. Tonight it was our turnovers and offense that
hurt us down the stretch when we had a chance to win."
Edosomwan steps up
The size-challenged Pirates
actually outrebounded the Green Wave, 35-34, thanks in part to the
efforts of 6 feet, 3 inch junior walk-on Francis "Uyi" Edosomwan, who
grabbed five caroms in seven minutes.
"Wow, what kind of effort he
gave us," Lebo said. "I thought he was terrific. He almost led us in
rebounding in seven minutes. ...
"He was great. There's not a
guy who works any harder every day than him. He never plays. He's in the
gym late, working on his game. He wants to be good but his effort is
what is contagious out there.
"Offensive rebounding (Edosomwan
had four). Just doing the little things that make winning plays. Those
little things were big. That energy he gave, particularly in the first
half was big for us to have that first half lead (32-,28)."
Edosomwan had all five of
his rebounds in four minutes of the first half.
The new Thursday-Saturday
format in Conference USA with travel partners limits the amount of rest
and preparation before the weekend games.
"It's tough," Lebo said.
"Particularly with what's happened to us this year with no bodies. We
have to turn around and play Southern Miss here Saturday. These guys
have to practice. Our preparation has become very different."
Lebo has changed ECU's
pregame routine to conserve energy.
"This is the first year I've
had to change what we do in warm-ups," said the Pirates coach.
The team isn't going out as
early as when depth wasn't an issue.
"Guys get worn out, even in
warm-ups," Lebo said. "I've never had to do that. ... We don't have
hardly enough to warm up. I thought I'd seen it all. That was a new one,
trying to coach the warm-ups a different way."
A to Z
The Pirates roster ranges
from No. 1 (Akeem Richmond) to No. 34 (Michael Zangari).
That's A to Z with as little
in between due to injuries and players leaving the program as any time
in the Lebo era.
"It's frustrating but we're
hanging in there and we'll get over the hump," Zangari said after ECU's
fourth straight setback. "We're down guys so obviously the longer the
game is, the harder it is for us.
"Halftime, we're right there
but as the game goes on we start to drag. We've just got to get in a
little better shape, I guess.
"Brandan will be back soon.
That will help us out, too."
Tulane 59, East
Jan. 23, 2014
Facility: Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum
Records: ECU 11-8 (0-4 C-USA); TU 11-9 (3-2)
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