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East Carolina interim head coach Michael Perry in Minges Coliseum on Jan. 31.

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The Daily Reflector

Thursday, March 8, 2018

There was no March magic for the East Carolina basketball team, which had its season end with low drama late Thursday night in the first round of the American Athletic Conference tournament.

The 11th-seeded Pirates fell 66-52 to No. 6 Central Florida in Orlando, Fla., to end the year on a six-game losing streak. ECU finished 10-20 for its lowest win total since 2009-10.

ECU was led by interim coach Michael Perry for most of the season and now will head into an offseason likely with an eye on bringing in a new coach to rejuvenate the program.

UCF (19-12) started the game on a 21-9 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Dayon Griffin. A triple by the Knights early in the second half made it a 14-point lead — 44-30 — and UCF was 8-of-12 on 3-pointers at the time.

But ECU stormed back and cut it to 46-45 with 9:36 to play. B.J. Tyson’s 3 made it 46-45.

UCF answered with 10 straight points for the most important run of the contest.

Tyson finished with 14 points (2-of-4 on 3-pointers) in his final game as a Pirate. AAC freshman of the year Shawn Williams and Knights guard B.J. Taylor each scored a game-high 17.

The Pirates didn’t hold a lead all night. They trailed 36-25 at halftime.

The victors finished 8-of-18 from 3-point range.

East Carolina’s last win was Feb. 14 with an 82-80 victory at Tulane.

Taylor shot 6-of-14 from the field. He was complemented by forward A.J. Davis (14 points in 33 minutes) and Chad Brown with eight points and 10 rebounds.

The Pirates out-rebounded UCF 34-28, but they also had 20 turnovers. The Knights had nine turnovers and went to the free throw line 36 times, making 20 of those attempts.

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ECU

September 22, 2018

Q: You had 90 receiving yards and a touchdown against North Carolina on Sept. 8, earning the game ball after the Pirates’ 41-19 win. What did you do with the ball?

A: I’m giving it to my son (5-year-old Quey), and it’s unbelievable just to be able to say that I can give that to my…

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September 21, 2018

Raymond James Stadium is set to host two primetime football games in the coming days, beginning Saturday when East Carolina plays at 3-0 South Florida at 8 p.m.

USF stages its home games at the stadium in Tampa more known as the venue for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League.…

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September 20, 2018

Basketball schedules released by East Carolina and the American Athletic Conference this week have East Carolina hosting three men’s-women’s doubleheaders in Minges Coliseum, including two to begin the season.

ECU’s women, who went 16-15 last year for their first winning record…

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September 19, 2018

East Carolina could benefit from touchbacks and fair catches in Saturday night’s football matchup at South Florida.

USF freshman Terrence Horne raced to two kickoff return touchdowns already in a win against Georgia Tech on Sept. 8 to make him the only player in the country this year with…

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September 19, 2018

Joe Dooley’s second stint as East Carolina’s basketball coach will begin Nov. 6 with a home against Delaware State, which is part of the Pirates playing seven games in Minges Coliseum in November and 18 total for the 2018-19 season.

ECU released its schedule Wednesday afternoon and it…

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September 19, 2018

It has been two weeks since East Carolina has played a football game, and the Pirates spent most of those days in Orlando, Fla., to avoid the direct impact of Hurricane Florence.

They left Orlando for Tampa on Friday and, similar to two weeks ago against North Carolina from the Atlantic Coast…

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September 19, 2018

Temple made a big jump in the American Athletic Conference football beat writer rankings, and East Carolina also moved up a spot to eighth this week.

The Sunshine State occupies the top two spots, led again by steady Central Florida. South Florida takes over second place, has a 3-0 record and hosts…

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September 18, 2018

East Carolina’s football team had a rare opportunity to be unified and fully concentrated on watching South Florida play at Illinois last Saturday, a game that ended with the Bulls rallying for 18 points in the fourth quarter for a 25-19 win and 3-0 start to their season.

ECU sought safe…

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September 18, 2018

A win at a Pac-12 opponent, a shutout and then a record-setting outing on offense.

Cincinnati is 3-0 and riding high in the American Athletic Conference football ranks, following a Week 1 upset at UCLA with a 21-0 win against Miami of Ohio and then Saturday it beat Alabama A&M 63-7 behind a…

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September 17, 2018

The use of FaceTime on phones has been invaluable for the East Carolina football team, which avoided the direct hit of Hurricane Florence when it left for Orlando, Fla., last Wednesday but in many ways still is dealing with the aftermath.

That is especially true for players who have family in…

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