East Carolina's sluggishness early in its men's basketball game against Tulane on Saturday can be excused since the Pirates hadn't played a home game since Dec. 7, 2010.
But it didn't take too long for ECU to warm up in its home gymnasium and the biggest crowd in Minges Coliseum this season did its part to keep the Pirates hot as they beat the Green Wave, 76-67, for their first Conference USA win of the season.
Shooting guard Jontae Sherrod scored 18 of his game- and career-high 24 points in the second half for ECU (9-7, 1-1 C-USA) and forward Darrius Morrow filled the postgame box score with 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. A handful of the 5,211 people in the stands were Morrow's family, which made the trip from Atlanta to Greenville to see the Pirate junior play a home game for the first time.
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