Loading...
BYH: To those who keep the Russia probe going. It is time to stop wasting money and time on this. Nothing has been...

Pirates set to host 12-2 Bearcats

120118ECUBasketball-5.jpg

East Carolina guard K.J. Davis looks to drive against Appalacian State earlier this season in Minges Coliseum.

Loading…

By RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, January 5, 2019

East Carolina’s undersized and young basketball team was dealt a harsh blow in its first American Athletic Conference game of the season and its second game in the league will also be a difficult test against a big and physical opponent.

ECU (7-6, 0-1 American) welcomes in Cincinnati, which has been one of the most consistent AAC teams so far with a 12-2 record that includes beating Tulane 93-61 on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, the Pirates began their league slate with an 82-54 runaway loss at SMU.

With many students not yet back on campus from winter break, the Pirates have been offering $5 lower-bowl tickets for today’s 1 p.m. tip-off. It is the second straight home game that ECU has offered those discounted tickets.

“It was great to have all those fans out there,” freshman forward Jayden Gardner said after the Pirates beat North Carolina A&T 77-57 on Dec. 28 with a crowd of 4,761 in Minges Coliseum.

ECU was in the lead for 7:42 of the first half against SMU, then the favored Mustangs took over by starting the second half on a 17-1 run and totaling 47 points after intermission.

Gardner (18.8 points per game for the season) scored 16 points and freshman bench player Tyler Foster was second on the Pirates with 11. Guard K.J. Davis also saw a lot of action off the bench, playing 28 minutes and scoring six points on 2-of-4 shooting from 3-point range.

But SMU cruised to the win thanks to a 42-26 advantage in points in the paint and 30-18 on the fast break. 

“We need to fix this very quickly,” ECU coach Joe Dooley said during his postgame interview on the Pirate IMG Network. “I liked the start of it and liked the tempo, but then I really can’t tell you what went wrong. ... This is a really good league and I think our young guys got a taste and a look at what really good teams look like, and that’s something we need to figure out and the younger guys hadn’t seen that kind of athleticism and caliber of a team.”

Dooley added that he is looking for his Pirates to be more stingy on defense and better in rebounding.

Cincinnati is first in the AAC in scoring defense, rebounding defense and is second in blocked shots per game. Its leading scorer is 6-foot-6 guard Jarron Cumberland with a 16.6 ppg average. Post player Tre Scott is averaging 9.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per outing.

This will be only the Bearcats’ third road game of the season.

Women’s game

East Carolina’s women’s team begins its American Athletic Conference schedule today at Tulane, which has won four straight in the series against the Pirates.

ECU has been off since it couldn’t close out UNC Wilmington and lost 71-68 to UNCW in Greenville on Dec. 30. Nicole Mealing is 0-2 as acting head coach for the Pirates (9-4).

Tulane (10-3) is on a three-game win streak and recorded victories against LSU and Washington during a 3-0 start to its campaign.

Contact Ronnie Woodward at rwoodward@reflector.com, 252-329-9592 and follow @RonnieW11 on Twitter. 

Loading…

Humans of Greenville

@HumansofGville

Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.

ECU

January 18, 2019

Last year, East Carolina women’s lacrosse was new enough that the team and its coaches did not yet know what they didn’t know.

As the team’s second-ever season is set to begin, so too is a whole new understanding of the game and its many nuances at the top college level. The 2018…

01XX19lacrosse-6.JPG

January 17, 2019

A letter from East Carolina athletics director Jon Gilbert addressed his first month-plus in charge of Pirate athletics and it also looked ahead to the future.

Gilbert posted an open letter to fans on the Pirates’ official website Thursday, saying that he will regularly use these “From…

011719basketball-9.JPG

January 17, 2019

One intriguing aspect of Wednesday night’s 85-74 victory for Temple basketball in Minges Coliseum was that Temple’s best player is senior guard Shizz Alston Jr. and East Carolina’s best player is freshman forward Jayden Gardner.

The pair of prolific scorers did not disappoint,…

011719basketball-8.JPG

January 16, 2019

Maryland’s hire of former East Carolina football head coach Scottie Montgomery as its offensive coordinator was made official by the Terrapins on Thursday. He also will serve as quarterbacks coach.

The hire should decrease what money ECU owes Montgomery. He was dismissed by the Pirates on Nov.…

111818ECUfootball-4.jpg.jpg.jpg

January 16, 2019

Things went according to plan for East Carolina basketball in front of an eager and enthusiastic crowd for the first 10 seconds Wednesday night in Minges Coliseum.

Red-hot freshman Jayden Gardner made a basket for the Pirates shortly after tip-off, but Temple reeled off 21 straight points and…

011719basketball-2.JPG

January 16, 2019

East Carolina football head coach Mike Houston and his family are closing on a house this week and making the full move to Greenville next week.

Houston has made Greenville home basically since he was officially hired from James Madison on Dec. 3 to be the 22nd coach of the Pirates. He has been…

011219football-4.JPG

January 16, 2019

East Carolina football has started its winter workouts with a heavy focus on the weight room under guidance from director of strength and conditioning John Williams Jr., but first-year head coach Mike Houston also has other plans for the Pirates as they continue to stride toward beginning spring…

011219football-5.JPG

January 15, 2019

Shawn Williams was the 2018 American Athletic Conference basketball rookie of the year, and this season he has seen East Carolina teammate and freshman Jayden Gardner firmly put himself in position for a Pirate to potentially win the award for the second straight year.

Gardner’s outstanding…

010619basketball-11.JPG

January 14, 2019

Jayden Gardner continues to thrive as a freshman basketball player for East Carolina, including recently taking over as the American Athletic Conference’s leading scorer, and his praise continued Monday when he was lauded again by the AAC.

Gardner was named the league’s co-freshman of…

010619basketball-10.JPG

January 14, 2019

Ryan Robinson had a family member at the 2014 North Carolina-East Carolina football game, when the Pirates beat UNC 70-41 in front of an ECU record crowd of 51,082 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, and he received rave reviews about that afternoon in Greenville.

As Robinson is entering Week 2 in his role…

092114ECUFootball22-68.jpg
291 stories in ECU. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 30
        Next Page»   Last Page»