An unexpected scoring output from senior forward Michael Zangari helped to keep East Carolina within striking distance of the 15th ranked team in the nation. Ultimately, the five star talent was too much to handle for the Pirates and were downed 70-62.
In the win against Charlotte, Zangari was a non-factor only recording one rebound and did not score. But against the 15th ranked California team, he was the teams co-leading scorer and kept the Pirates in the ball game. Two early 3-pointers got the forward in a rhythm and his confidence offensively led to a 17 point scoring effort with four rebounds.
Forward Michel Nzege was one of the stars in the Pirates win against Charlotte, but his early foul troubles held him from doing any damage to the Bears. His struggles came to an end late in the fourth quarter though. Nzege’s only two made field goals brought the Pirates within three points of 15th ranked California and the closet the Pirates were in the second half to tying the game.
Tied with Zangari as the Pirates leading scorer, Caleb White put up another stellar performance. White scored 20 and 21 in his first two games of the season and continued his scoring ways facing better competition. Although he wasn’t as efficient from the field, he remained strong at the free throw line hitting all six of his shots from the charity stripe.
California proved to be too much for the Pirates, due in large part to talented freshman. Freshman forward Jaylen Brown had his way in the post offensively and defensively and recorded his first collegiate career double-double. Fellow freshman, and forward, Ivan Rabb tabbed his second double-double in his young college career, scoring 14 and grabbing 13 rebounds.
The leading scorer for the Bears, Tyrone Wallace, continued to score at a high volume. Wallace has scored 20 or more points in all three of his games this season and added two assists to his stat line.
ECU also boasted the talent of its young freshman Kentrell Barkley. Barkley was the most efficient scorer for the Pirates, shooting three for five from the field. All three of his made shots were beyond the arc. His efficient scoring night still was unable to garner his first double digit scoring ouput, scoring only nine points in the game, while also collecting four rebounds.
BJ Tyson’s struggles scoring continued. The guard only had six points converting on two of five shots. Through three games, Tyson has made only three of 35 shots which has his shooting percentage to .067 percent.