HOUSTON — East Carolina has proven that it will put up a fight no matter who the opponent is, but the Pirates have yet to prove they can win a Conference USA game this season.
ECU’s men’s basketball team dropped its fifth consecutive game to open C-USA play at Houston on Saturday night in Hofheinz Pavilion, losing 82-76 in a contest that had signs of a Cougars blowout written all over it.
East Carolina (9-9) trailed by as many as 24 points in the second half but, desperate for quick points, ECU deployed a full court press that forced numerous UH turnovers and helped the Pirates get back in the game. A Robert Sampson jumper with 2 minutes, 23 seconds left to play completed a remarkable 25-2 run and ECU trailed by one, 76-75.
For the complete article, please pick up a copy of The Daily Reflector. Current home delivery and electronic edition subscribers may log in to access this article at no charge. To become a subscriber, please click here or contact Customer Service at (252) 329-9505.