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Gardner earns rookie honor

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The Daily Reflector

Monday, November 12, 2018

East Carolina basketball player Jayden Gardner was named the American Athletic Conference men’s basketball freshman of the week on Monday.

In three games last week, Gardner averaged 14.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 26 minutes and connected on 45.5 percent of his field goal attempts (10-of-22) and 78.6 percent of his free throws (22-of-28).

Gardner scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his first career double-double in the Pirates’ 84-78 overtime win against Lamar Sunday. He finished 9-of-10 from the field and 12-of-14 at the foul line, playing 37 minutes.

Gardner became just the third freshman in school history to score 30 points in a game, joining Steve Richardson (36 vs. Navy, 2/3/90) and teammate Shawn Williams (30 vs. Memphis, 2/3).

The Wake Forest native made his ECU debut Tuesday against Delaware State, scoring six points and grabbing eight rebounds. Three days later against James Madison, Gardner added another six points and secured five rebounds.

Freeman shining

Former Pitt Community College Bulldog Antonio Freeman is now making the most of his transfer to King University in Bristol, Tenn.

He helped King get off to a good start as the team defeated Flagler College on Friday night. Freeman snared 12 rebounds in the victory to go with eight points.

Pirate volleyball falls

ECU closed its weekend with a 3-0 (17-25, 16-25, 23-25) sweep at the hands of No. 22 UCF in Orlando on Sunday.

Sophomores Bri Wood and Sydney Kleinman led the Pirates (12-14, 4-11 AAC) with eight kills each, while Wood collected a team-high 10 digs. Briana Garcia notched 12 kills for the Knights (24-3, 15-0 AAC) and Jordan Pingel notched 12 digs.

UCF out-hit ECU .340 to .198 as well as holding advantages in digs (48-43) and total blocks (5.5-3.0).

On Friday night, ECU rallied from a two-set deficit to force a fifth against USF, but the Bulls took the decider to record a 25-20, 25-18, 19-25, 22-25, 15-11 win in Tampa, Fla.

Natalie Tyson paced the Pirates with 13 kills while Sydney Hall set a career high with 11 of her own. Shelby Martin posted a double-double of 43 assists and 15 digs and fell just short of her second triple-double of the season in adding nine kills. Maggie Hallow led the defensive efforts with 20 digs.

ECU CxC finishes season

The ECU cross country program wrapped up its season last Friday at the NCAA Southeast Regional, where the Pirate men finished 16th out of 33 teams and the women captured 18th.

Nick Ciaccia was the top runner on the men’s side, finishing 54th with a 10K time of 31:21, the sixth-fastest time in program history. Alex Boseman was next for ECU in 70th place, crossing the finish line in 31:46.

For the women, Anna Bristle was the top ECU performer, snagging 48th place with a personal-best time of 21:09. She is now tied for the sixth-fastest time in school history in the 6K.

Lax schedule set

ECU women’s lacrosse Coach Amanda Barnes Moore announced the Pirates’ 2019 schedule last week.

ECU, which will join the AAC, has 17 games on the schedule, including nine at home in Johnson Stadium. The AAC consists of ECU, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Temple, Vanderbilt and the University of Florida.

The Pirates will open with a pair of home games, taking on Winthrop (Feb. 8) and Gardner-Webb (Feb. 10). February will close with three straight road games — at North Carolina (Feb. 17), at George Washington (Feb. 22) and at Delaware State (Feb. 24).

March includes home games against St. Francis (March 3), Vermont (March 10) and Campbell (March 27). It also includes road games at Liberty (March 6), at Old Dominion (March 15) and at Longwood (March 23).

The Pirates play their first two AAC matches at home against Vanderbilt on March 31, before battling Cincinnati on March 6. ECU will finish its non-conference schedule by hosting Duke on April 9.

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