After its hard fought game against 15th ranked California, East Carolina (2-2) struggled to do the same against San Diego State (2-2). The Aztecs scored 16 points before the Pirates got on the scoreboard. San Diego State never looked back and won by a score of 79-54.
ECU struggled to find any consistency offensively as only one Pirate scorer reached double digits. Point guard Lance Tejada had a time high 11 points, but was two for eight from the field. Fellow point guard Prince Williams also struggled shooting the ball only making two of his six shots.
Overall the Pirates shot only 32.1 percent from the field. Senior forward Michael Zangari helped keep the Pirates close against Cal, but did not have the same success against the Aztecs. Zangari converted three of his seven shots and only made on three point shot.
The Aztecs, unlike ECU, was lights out from the field in the first half. Its 44 first half point was a result of shooting 50 percent from the field and 40 percent behind the three point line. Guards Trey Kell and Jeremy Hemsley provided the spark for the Aztecs scoring output in the first half. The two guards combined for 23 points in the first half and were a combined nine for 13. This was a bounce back for the Aztecs after scoring only 43 points in its previous game.
Consistent through the first three games of the season, forward Caleb White fell very short of his usual scoring output for ECU. Averaging 19.3 points per game, White scored only three points and only one of his nine shots fell through. White also did not grab any rebounds or record any assists for the Pirates.
BJ Tyson had his highest point total of the young season, but that doesn’t say much considering his previous season high was eight. Tyson’s nine points was tied for the second most for ECU and his eight rebounds were a team high. His offensive inefficiency remained a problem though, with three of nine shots made.
Freshman Kentrell Barkley had a similar game compared to Tyson, with the same amount of field goals made and attempted and only had one less rebound. But the other ECU freshman, Deng Riak, scored his first points of the season against the Aztecs. Not seeing much playing time so far this season, Riak played 10 of his 13 minutes in the second half and hit a three pointer late in the half.