Some of East Carolina’s basketball players and coaches might see the purple-and-gold opposing uniforms today and still feel the sting from last season’s loss to James Madison.
The Dukes beat ECU, 73-72, in Minges Coliseum on a buzzer-beater last November for a stunner as part of the first handful of nonconference games for the Pirates and head coach Joe Dooley. Stuckey Mosley made the winning jumper, banking it in amid solid last-second defense by ECU.
The Pirates get their shot at revenge at the home of a James Madison squad off to a 5-2 start, already with wins over Charlotte and Old Dominion.
East Carolina at James Madison, 4 p.m.
How to watch: Flohoops.com.
Why to watch: The Pirates (2-5) face another regional opponent and they are in need of another quality victory, possessing a 1-5 record since winning their opener against Virginia Military Institute. Guard Tyrie Jackson was a bright spot during ECU’s 1-2 mark in three games last weekend at the Islands of The Bahamas Showcase, coming off the injured list to start in all three contests and he scored a game-high 20 points with six rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in the last outing. JMU’s win over East Carolina a year ago stopped the Dukes’ three-game losing streak in the series.
Matchup to watch: Six-foot-5 guard Matt Lewis is James Madison’s leading scorer and he went 4-of-9 on 3-pointers in a loss to Virginia earlier this year. He also scored 22 points versus Charlotte to begin the season. Jackson is regarded as maybe the Pirates’ best perimeter defender, along with Brandon Suggs, and 6-7 Bitumba Baruti also is a bigger athletic wing who could help on trying to stifle Lewis.